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Learn more about Scanner Darkly (Blu-ray):

Format: Blu-Ray DVD
Sku: 215959014
UPC: 883929130931
UPC 14: 00883929130931
Rating: Game Rating Code
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Editor's Note
Richard Linklater's adaptation of Philip K. Dick's classic novel is a challenging, mind-bending experience that cautions about the dangers of excessive drug use as well as the government's capacity to abuse and manipulate power. Using the same interpolated rotoscoping technique that Linklater employed in 2001's WAKING LIFE, the film is an animated, trippy descent into one man's unraveling mind. Set in the not-too-distant future where a new drug, substance D, has created an epidemic, A SCANNER DARKLY charts the mental unraveling of Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves). Arctor is an undercover cop who has been assigned to track a group of individuals who include the druggily verbose Barris (Robert Downey Jr.), the hyper-intense Luckman (Woody Harrelson), the ultra-paranoid Freck (Rory Cochrane), and the beautiful Donna (Winona Ryder). As the film unfolds and Arctor finds himself abusing substance D in order to maintain his façade, his mind begins to spin out of control, to the point where he doesn't know what's real and what isn't. Eventually, the truth comes out, leaving Arctor even more numbed. Linklater's surprisingly faithful adaptation of Dick's novel blends humor, drama, and Bob Sabiston's striking animation to deliver a thought-provoking film that will leave viewers as dazed as the film's protagonist.

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Video Features Widescreen, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Warner
Video Release Date Release Date: 9/7/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 100 minutes
Video UPC UPC: 00883929130931
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks:

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Rory Cochrane
Video Cast Info Robert Downey Jr.
Video Cast Info Keanu Reeves
Video Cast Info Woody Harrelson
Video Cast Info Winona Ryder
Video Cast Info Radiohead - Additional Music/Songs
Video Cast Info Richard Linklater - Screenwriter
Video Cast Info Philip K. Dick - Source Writer
Video Cast Info Kari Perkins - Costume Designer
Video Cast Info Sandra Adair - Editor
Video Cast Info Bob Sabiston - Director of Animation
Video Cast Info Shane F. Kelly - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Bruce Curtis - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Steven Soderbergh - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Graham Reynolds - Composer
Video Cast Info George Clooney - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Richard Linklater - Director

Professional Reviews

Premiere
4 stars out of 4 -- "One doesn't leave the movie with a mind blown by visual bedazzlement but with a soul shattered by the profound sense of tragedy Linklater and company so beautifully put across." 07/01/2006 p.72

Rolling Stone
3 stars out of 5 -- "Embedded in the visionary headtrip of A SCANNER DARKLY is a hotly political call to arms." 07/13/2006 p.125

Box Office
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he animation is at once startlingly realistic and surreal, conveying the story's heightened atmosphere of paranoia." 07/01/2006 p.60

New York Times
"Mr. Linklater uses the animation technique called rotoscoping to translate Mr. Dick's worldview, mostly to fine expressive effect." 07/07/2006 p.E10

Total Film
4 stars out of 5 -- "Linklater's skewed sensibilities interlock lovingly with Dick's paranoid sci-fry..." 09/01/2006 p.39

Sight and Sound
"[T]his feature-length hallucination of a flick pulsates with enticing contradictions and wayward logic." 09/01/2006 p.68

Uncut
4 stars out of 4 -- "[O]ne of cinema's funniest, most frightening, and ultimately most moving meditations on the chemically altered life." 09/01/2006 p.116

Film Comment
Ranked #12 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006." 01/01/2007 p.36

Empire
4 stars out of 5 -- "Among the finest Philip K. Dick-derived films, this finds Richard Linklater assembling a fistful of mainstream rebel icons..." 06/01/2010

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