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Dark City [DVD] [1998] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (140 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780622553
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 105,166 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Dark City

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4.2 out of 5 stars

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13 of 13 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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36 of 39 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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55 of 60 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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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By RagnarLothbrook on 22 April 2015
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I may well be in the minority here but I honestly thought this film was awful. Having read some great reviews of the film, one of which likened it to Blade Runner (one of my favourite films), I expected so much from it. Sadly I was wrong to make that expectation and for this film to be mentioned in the same breath as Blade Runner is criminal. The acting is amazingly poor with Kiefer Sutherlands portrayal of some kind of mad experimenting doctor laughable as he forgets which leg he is limping on throughout the film (Kiefer put this down to brain freeze). William Hurt is equally poor whilst Richard O'Brien is hardly stretched by playing the part of a strange bald man. Rufus Sewell plays John Murdoch, a man struggling to remember anything of his past in a world that is being constantly changed at Midnight by aliens seeking human memories. Midnight comes and everyone falls asleep no matter what they are doing, be it driving, eating or for all we know taking a pee, whilst the aliens change the city's landscape with only their minds. Ultimately I can only advise people to watch the film so they can make their own judgements on whether this is as some insist "a cult classic" or as I would suggest "a total waste of time".
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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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