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Set in a not-too-distant future where America has lost its "war" on drugs, Fred, an undercover cop, is one of many people hooked on the popular drug, Substance D, which causes its users to develop split personalities. Fred is obsessed with taking down Bob, a notorious drug dealer, but due to his Substance D addiction, he does not know that he is also Bob. Based on a classic novel by Philip K. Dick. Starring Keanu Reeves ("Constantine," "The Matrix" trilogy), Academy Award-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Winona Ryder ("Girl, Interupted," "Mr. Deeds"), Academy Award and Emmy-nominee and Golden Globe-winner Robert Downey Jr. ("Good Night, And Good Luck" "Kiss Kiss, Bang Bang"), and Academy Award and Golden Globe-nominee and Emmy-winner Woody Harrelson ("North Country," "The People vs. Larry Flynt"). Directed by Academy Award-nominee Richard Linklater ("Before Sunset," "Dazed and Confused"). Filmed in live-action, and then animated using the same critically acclaimed process that Linklater used in his previous film, "Waking Life."Running Time: 100 min.Format: DVD MOVIE

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 203328519
UPC 012569594173
UPC 14 00012569594173
Format DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Animated Characters
Animated Worlds
Based On A Novel
Conspiracies
Drugs
Science Fiction
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
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.
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
Directors
Richard Linklater
Actors
Rory Cochrane
Robert Downey
Keanu Reeves
Woody Harrelson
Cast & Crew
Angela Rawna - Actor
George Clooney - Executive Producer
Graham Reynolds - Original Music By
Jonah Smith - Producer
Keanu Reeves - Actor
Mitch Baker - Actor
Philip K. Dick - Based On Novel By
Richard Linklater - Screenplay
Richard Linklater - Director
Robert Downey, Jr. - Actor
Rory Cochrane - Actor
Sandra Adair - Editor
Sean Allen - Actor
Shane F. Kelly - Cinematographer
Winona Ryder - Actor
Woody Harrelson - Actor
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2006
Catalog ID 59417
UPC 00012569594173
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 100 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review If ever there was a movie more destined to become a cult phenomenon, I don't know if I can name it. Combine the name of the novel's author with the subject matter and the stylistic choices made by director Richard Linklater in bringing it to the screen, and it's a safe bet that A Scanner Darkly has no mainstream appeal. Unlike Ridley Scott (Blade Runner), Steven Spielberg (Minority Report), and Paul Verhoeven (Total Recall), Linklater has chosen not to massage the story to make it more accessible. Not only has he remained largely faithful to the source material, but he has distanced himself from the majority of movie-goers by employing rotoscoping, transforming live action performances into animated ones by hand-tracing each frame of film.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 7
ReviewSource Reel.com
Review "You're either on it, or you haven't tried it," states one its of adherents in Richard Linklater's visually stunning, darkly comic adaptation of Philip K. Dick's cult sci-fi novel, A Scanner Darkly. Linklater's second experiment in rotoscope animation after 2001's Waking Life, a meditation on philosophy, the new film is a perfect match of style and content...This is a Linklater film, which means pacing is slack, to the detriment of the film as a whole. Most of his movies suffer from that, with his approach to editing and structure being lackadaisical. In this case, the film slows in some places, nearly to a halt. It's frustrating, but wait it out. The whole is worth it; it's a grand and elegant portrait of paranoia and malfeasance set amongst society's seedy underbelly.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Pam Grady
ReviewRating 9
Features
DVD, Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Reeves,Keanu
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Andrea Gronvall, Chicago Reader The casting of Reeves in the lead role is inspired...
Pete Hammond, Maxim Utterly hypnotic. Mesmerizing and thrillingly original.
Peter Rainer, Christian Science Monitor It's the kind of movie that gets under your skin - and stays there.

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