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

Rufus Sewell , Kiefer Sutherland , Alex Proyas    DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland, Jennifer Connelly, William Hurt, Richard O'Brien
  • Directors: Alex Proyas
  • Writers: Alex Proyas, David S. Goyer, Lem Dobbs
  • Producers: Alex Proyas, Andrew Mason, Barbara Gibbs, Brian Witten
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Colour, Dolby, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: New Line Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: 29 July 1998
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (111 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 0780622553
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 56,097 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



If you're a fan of brooding comic-book anti-heroes, got a nihilistic jolt from The Crow (1994) and share director Alex Proyas's highly developed preoccupation for style over substance, you might be tempted to call Dark City an instant classic of visual imagination. It's one of those films that exists in a world purely of its own making, setting its own rules and playing by them fairly, so that even its derivative elements (and there are quite a few) acquire their own specific uniqueness. Before long, however, the film becomes interesting only as a triumph of production design. And while that's certainly enough to grab your attention (Blade Runner is considered a classic, after all), it's painfully clear that Dark City has precious little heart and soul. One-dimensional characters are no match for the film's abundance of retro-futuristic style, so it's best to admire the latter on its own splendidly cinematic terms. Trivia buffs will be interested to know that the film's 50-plussets (partially inspired by German expressionism) were built at the Fox Film Studios in Sydney, Australia, home base of director Alex Proyas and producer Andrew Mason. The underground world depicted in the film required the largest indoor set ever built in Australia. --Jeff Shannon

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Cult Classic 13 Jan 2009
By chuckles VINE VOICE
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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48 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars awesome 16 Aug 2008
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars I really want to like it more... 1 Jan 2011
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This film has so much going for it with great special effects, a worthy cast, an interesting concept and as it has been pointed out - it was done a year before the Matrix, so it should be a done deal. Problem is that there was something missing and I'm not sure I can put my finger on it.

I do say that it is one of those sci-fi films that is a must see for any who are into the genre, especially of the comic-book and/or gothic variety. It will give you enjoyment and may grip you somewhat.

But perhaps I've just watched too many films over the years that are supposed to be thrillers. I didn't find this one to be particularly challenging and it was obvious what was happening within the first half and hour of the film. For instance harking back to films like Blade Runner there was always the element of leaving certain things unresolved in order to enhance the tension. I didn't feel any of this in Dark City and I think that this is a trick that the writer/director(s) missed.

Although there is the one part of the movie I did particularly enjoy and it is at the end but I can find no way of alluding to it without spoiling the ending of the film and to be honest the ending is fairly weak without the great special effects.

I actually want to lie and say what a fantastic film it was and totally faultless because I really enjoyed what the film was ATTEMPTING to achieve. But perhaps you need to watch it for yourselves and decide.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Most Philip K. Dick-like film ever 29 April 2000
By A Customer
I really loved this film. Strangely it's criticized for being more form than substance. Well yes, the movie is very stylish. And yes, it's a bit of a comic book world, with caricatural protagonists -- the dark city, the sad cop, the beautiful singer, the mad scientist. But far from being a weakness, this is a crucial element of the plot. I won't give it away; let's just say it's quite clever, even breath-taking and paradoxical. Like the Matrix, it was filmed in Australia, and it shares some of that film's (and that country's?) gloomy esthetic and mystical bent, without the fancy martial arts but with a tighter, more original and poetic plot. I haven't seen this film in a few years -- I really want to get the DVD soon!
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30 of 34 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Sun Ain't Gonna Shine Any More... 19 May 2007
Breathtaking film. Beautiful to look at and it hurts your head to follow the plot. It's agressively intelligent and it doesn't wait for the popcorn public to catch up - you pay attention or you miss out.

That said, it's worth the effort, as all the strands fall neatly into place. Second and subsequent viewing show how everything was there for you to understand from the start if you could just get the jigsaw puzzle pieces to hold still long enough.

Extremely good performances from Rufus Sewell (Martha Meet Frank, Daniel and Laurence), William Hurt (Gorky Park, The Big Chill), Keiffer Sutherland (Lost Boys, 24), Richard O'Brian (Rocky Horror Show) and the sadly missed Ian Richardson (House of Cards, Hogfather). Where could you find a cast like that now?

It's all crafted by Alex Proyas, who went on to make a splendid job of I Robot.

Highly original, highly thought provoking, highly entertaining and highly recommended!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
Dark City had the misfortune of being released at the same time as Titanic, it didn't perform well at the cinema and although it gained a strong following when it came out on VHS - a year later a film exploring similar themes was much lauded and people were too busy talking about the Matrix to even think about this obscure Sci-Fi film noir. Strangely, the Matrix was so copied in style that it feels very much 'of its time' and Dark City probably feels like the more fresh of the two films.

When John Murdoch awakes with amnesia and a dead prostitute, he flees the scene of the crime unable to accept that he is a notorious serial killer. He starts to notice the strange goings on which are simply never questioned by anyone else in the city; why can nobody ever remember the finer detail of their memories? Why can nobody recall what they did during the daytime? And just how do you get to Shell Beach? This film Noir has the feel of an old fashioned detective story along with a strong science-fiction edge, it is clearly inspired by other cinematic works and I've heard the post-industrial cityscape compared to Blade Runner - not surprising seeing as both films are heavily influenced by Fritz Lang's Metropolis, and the 'baddies' of this piece seem to look like a cross between Nosferatu and the Borg from Star Trek: The Next Generation!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Super. Probably not a new idea, but well delivered.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance
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original plot, well acted, and directed. Good special effects that are used to support the story not compete with it
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Loved this from the first time I saw it many years ago, and it still stand up perfectly. Watch it, you won't regret it.
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