Dark City [Blu-ray] [1998]

  • SKU: 8880115
  • Release Date: 07/29/2008
  • Rating: R
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Overall Customer Rating:
93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (118 out of 128)

Special Features


  • Director's cut
  • Documentaries
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Audio commentary tracks featuring director alex proyas, writers lem dobbs and Devid S. Goyer

Synopsis


Dark City
Alex Proyas (The Crow) directed this noir-styled futuristic thriller, scripted by Proyas, Lem Dobbs (Kafka), and David S. Goyer (The Puppet Masters). Separated from his wife Emma (Jennifer Connelly), amnesiac John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) awakens alone in a strange hotel to learn he is wanted for a series of brutal killings -- but he can't remember if he did or didn't commit these murders. Indeed, most of his memories have completely vanished, and he becomes the focus of interest for both mad genius Dr. Schreber (Kiefer Sutherland) and sympathetic detective Frank Bumstead (William Hurt). Attempting to unravel the twisted riddle of his identity, Murdoch encounters a group of ominous beings known as the Strangers, shadow-like figures who have a collective memory and possess the ability to stop time and alter physical reality through a process called The Tuning. Focusing their minds, they are able to change the size and shape of the material world. Murdoch manages to stay a step ahead of his adversaries as he slowly jigsaws together the puzzle of his past-bittersweet memories of his childhood, his love for Emma, and the key to the murders -- while following a labyrinth leading to the Strangers' Underworld, a set inspired by Fritz Lang's Metropolis. Rufus Sewell commented on the Underworld: "When Alex first sent me the sketches for that set, I was more excited than I had been when I read the script. The Underworld was truly remarkable -- a little bit scary, very thrilling, and full of hundreds of bald people." At the Fox Film Studios in Sydney, Australia, where 50 sets were built, three months were spent constructing the set for the Underworld, the largest indoor set ever built in Australia. The production design by George Liddle (Rapa Nui) and Patrick Tatopoulos (Godzilla, Space: Above and Beyond) is a composite of different styles and eras, combining the look of 1940s Manhattan with German Expressionism. The music is by Trevor Jones (G.I. Jane). The film's dedication reads: "In Memory of Dennis Potter with gratitude and admiration." ~ Bhob Stewart, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • Rufus Sewell
    Rufus Sewell - John Murdoch
  • Kiefer Sutherland
    Kiefer Sutherland - Dr. Daniel Schreber
  • Jennifer Connelly
    Jennifer Connelly - Emma Murdoch
  • William Hurt
    William Hurt - Frank Bumstead
  • Richard O'Brien
    Richard O'Brien - Mr. Hand



Overall customer rating

4.4
93%
would recommend to a friend
  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Dark City looks Superb!

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    reconredneck
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    The video: Has been totally remastered, including color, hue, edge enhancements and the movie overall has had the brightness adjusted to point were you can now see more of the city than ever before. Colors burst onto your screen, even when shadowed or in low light situations. I must say that New Line Cinema really went all out on every aspect, virtually eliminating all signs of grain in this newly mastered version. Sharpness is constant with sharp edges never going out of focus or giving a soft image, especially during action sequences, remaining cystal clear to the viewer. The sound in the Director's Cut is presented in 7.1 DTS-HD Master Audio sound also includes a 5.1 DTS soundtrack supporting the special features, but I want to focus in on the HD Audio included. In a single word, I want to describe this DTH-HD Master sound track, it is absolutely..... " Superb "! Equalization is perfect in the fact that you will not have to keep adjusting volume to hear dialog and then back down due to surging of the sound track. I will add this, if you have a Integra or Onkyo receiver you might want to mute the sound if you pause the film, even if you have updated you dsp via firmware, because there is a audible pop (unlike the dsp bomb) that can be heard when resuming play. I have read on other sites that this is due to the soundtrack being completed before the new dsp standards could be implemented by New Line Cinema. Overall I am very impressed with New Line Cinema's release of " Dark City " it now has a place in my top 5 Blu-Ray films in terms of Visual and Audio quality that is only matched by about 4 or 5 titles to date and in my opinion just might be the clearest 1080p movie I have ever seen and thats saying alot considering how dark this movie is. Rating ***** stars

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    WOW!

    Posted
    TheSpartan117

    Wow, great flick. Think vampire alien zombies that control peoples minds and you're the only guy that has caught on. Very weird, one of those what is fantasy what is reality yet confusing convulded story. It's done intentionally, you're thrown into the plot along with the main character. Great sci fi flick, should have been a big box office except so many movies similar in style or effect have surfaced, so even with it's interesting story it may be doomed to home video. Like Equilibrium, a good buy. Check this film out. Oh, Keifer Sutherland has a very interesting role, it reminds me of how Philip Seymore Hoffman got into his role for Capote. This movie is worth it, and then replay value is moderate to catch the stuff you may have missed. Not a favorite, but i think it was worth it, and i was happy with my purchase, certainly worth watching.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Truly a Great Film

    Posted
    therealdjnugz
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    From the opening scene in the bathroom, you know you're in for quite the experience. Immediately you can tell the blu ray transfer of the film is far superior than the DVD version. The colors pop and the video quality in general is amazing! Those who own this film on DVD already will still benefit from purchasing the blu ray. Not only for the bu ray transfer, but the directors cut of the film as well. Dark City is truly an originally and great film. As far as Sci-Fi films go, this has to be one of my all time favorites and stands the test of time. I'd even recommend this film to those who aren't into the genre. Everyone can find something in this film to enjoy. A must own!

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent movie!!!

    Posted
    redandblack6s

    This is one of my wife and I's favorite sci-fi thrillers! This movie is captivating and gets better everytime I watch it. The plot is amazing and very complex. The acting was terrific and the cinematography is fantastic, very dream like. This is a very unique film. In fact, in most of my reviews I try to compare a film to something similar or recommend a film that's a lot like it. In this case, I'm stumped. And for a collector, like myself, with roughly 2,000 DVDs, that says a lot. The closest I can come would be the Cube series, but that's still a ways off. You just need to see this movie for yourself. A definite must own! I highly recommend it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Heady science fiction

    Posted
    Wilfird
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    Tired of films that dazzle you with visual effects but are utterly forgettable the moment you stop watching? Dark City came out before similarly themed The Matrix and yet still exists as a compelling movie on its own terms. The less you know about the film going into it, the better. The special features offer great behind the scenes information. I hope that one day the director, Alex Proyas, fulfills the potential he shows in this and his previous film the Crow.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Sci-fi Great From the 90's

    Posted
    Murvie
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    I was working on with a group to make a list of the best films of the 90's. This film showed up on a couple of lists and I'd never even seen it. It's a stunner with a great concept and impeccable production. Director, Alex Proyas (The Crow, I, Robot), creates an atmosphere that you can feel on your skin. Rufus Sewell doesn't get many opportunities to take the lead so he makes everything count. After viewing, I also added it to my list must see films of the 90"s.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Actually holds up

    Posted
    Eurogerv
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    I hadn't seen this movie in at least 10 or 12 years, but I vaguely remembered liking it. I assumed it wouldn't have aged well, but it was on sale, so I figured "why not?" Surprisingly, it holds up quite well. The blu ray includes both the theatrical version and the directors cut. and there's a trivia track bonus feature that will even point out all the differences between the two for you. The special features are generally pretty good too.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great new cut of a cult classic

    Posted
    Matt003
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    I loved the original Dark City, with it's sci-fi murder mystery and film noir art style and was thrilled to learn of an extended cut. It adds about 15 minutes to the original. No real new scenes; just longer versions of pre-existing scenes. It also cuts out the ridiculous voice over early in the film that gives way too much away way too soon. Loved it!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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