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  • Actors: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, Richard O'Brien, Ian Richardson
  • Directors: Alex Proyas
  • Format: Import, PAL, Widescreen, Blu-ray
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: New Line Cinema
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (130 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005REK432
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 448,698 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Steelbook edition BLU RAY. Region 2 PAL. Genuine UK release. Plays in English with English subtitles.

Audio: English (7.1 DTS HD Master)
Picture Quality: 1920 x 1080p HD (2.35:1)

Customer Reviews

4.2 out of 5 stars

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By M Evans on 31 Mar. 2009
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Dark City has been one of my favourite films for many years, it's a criminally underrated sci-fi film that, like one of it's influences, Blade Runner, was a flop when it was released and is only now starting to recieve some of the praise it deserves. Also, like Blade Runner, a decade after it's release it now sees the film given the 'director's cut' treatment. Unfortunately, unlike Blade Runner, this new cut does not improve/radically transform the film the way Ridley Scott's did. The main alteration is the removal of the opening narration which basically gave away the whole twist to the film, so that now the beginning of the film seems much more mysterious and is all the better for it. The rest of the changes just consist of slightly extended scenes that don't really add a great deal to the film. The dubbing of Jennifer Connolly's singing has been removed so that you can now actually hear the actress' own voice however there was a reason for why she was dubbed - she's just not a very good singer and I feel it let's those scenes down. Another gripe is that the excellent musical score has been significantly toned down to the extent that it's often barely noticeable which is a shame as I felt it really added to the atmosphere of the film. And some of the special effects actually seem to have been made less 'special' which I also think is a mistake. Where this DVD scores over the previous release, however, is in terms of it's extras which boast 3 commentaries, and a very informative 'making of' documentary. But in terms of the film itself, I feel that the original theatrical cut is actually the one I prefer, just turn the volume down for the first 2 minutes so you don't hear the opening 'spoiler' narration and you have a much more satisfying movie.
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34 of 37 people found the following review helpful By chuckles VINE VOICE on 13 Jan. 2009
Format: Blu-ray
I have to say, like many, I missed this when it came out at the cinema so this was brand new for me. I think that it was a shame this missed out on the publicity as it is not a million miles away from the Matrix, and a year earlier, however with the ground breaking special effects and the big name cast, the Matrix seems to have taken all the glory. This disc contains both the original and theatrical releases, and with lots of extras this is a great disc for fans and new viewers alike. The film itself is a clever sci-fun/murder mystery film which keeps you interested for the whole time. It also looks and sounds good on the blu-ray transfer, giving you a great idea of the in depth and atmospheric sets. I enjoyed this very much!
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By Mr. A. Nash on 16 Aug. 2008
Format: Blu-ray
I have always liked the film but on blu ray it is something else. The picture quality is stunning as well as the sound.

What should be noted is that the blu ray disk contains both the theatrical cut(100mins) and the directors cut (111mins). The disk is also packed with an extensive range of extras such as 5 commentries and numerous making of documentries.

Overall this is one of my favourite blu ray disks and for the price it is a must buy for any fans of the film or any fans of science fiction in general.
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Format: Blu-ray
Picture-quality is stunning on Blu-Ray, and I suspect that the costumes and lighting benefit. I've no idea what it was like on the first cut, but in this extended cut it's a gripping story, told at an admirably even pace and without resorting to many Hollywood action-movie cliches (you'll find no tedious car chases here). I gave it four stars - so what's not to like? Despite the generally inventive visuals, I was rather unimpressed by the presentation of the ending "battle". Especially the sub-par FX. Also, the story has a science-fiction setting, but the science is distinctly hazy and what's happening is generally rather unconvincing. And I say that as someone who's a long-time SF fan, and who can do "unbelievable". That said, it's certainly interesting for being a successful hybrid of several genres: mystery, noir, detective, vampire/horror, sci-fi, and even bits which veer towards the superhero genre. But I suspect that, for me, it's one of those films that's only going to be successful once - I doubt I'd watch it a second time now that the mystery has been explained.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER on 2 July 2013
Format: DVD
Dark City D/C

Dark City is directed by Alex Proyas who also co-writes the screenplay with Leon Dobbs and David S. Goyer. It stars Rufus Sewell, William Hurt, Jennifer Connelly, Kiefer Sutherland, Richard O'Brien and Ian Richardson. Music is by Trevor Jones and cinematography by Dariusz Wolski.

A man wakes up in a grotty hotel bathroom and upon finding a dead girl in another room he realises he has no recollection of who he is or how he got there...

There's a lot of Blade Runner fans still out there waiting for that film's sexual partner to happen along. What many of them don't realise is that Alex Proyas has already made that movie. More than a cult film yet still criminally ignored in certain circles, Dark City, by way of poor box office and studio interference, never got off to the best of starts. The problems were compounded with the release of The Matrix the following year, where that film's popularity, and its sci-fi linkage to Dark City, led many to think that Proyas' movie was a Matrix rip-off; pushing it further (unjustly) back in the sci-fi noir pantheon. Fact is is that Dark City homages much great cinema from previous years, but it has influenced much that followed, with Inception fans asked to note that Nolan himself was taking notes...

Stolen Memories.

Dark City is a feverish film noir dressed up in stunning sci-fi clothes. The amazing visuals have led many to state that it's a film with much style and little substance, something which Proyas has fiercely argued against; and he's right to do so, especially once his own preferred director's cut became available to view.
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