Dark City 1998

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(119) IMDb 7.8/10

Director Alex Proyas's updated version of his cult sci-fi movie. John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) is a telekenetic suffering from amnesia who wakes in an unfamiliar hotel room to find himself wanted by police detective Bumstead (William Hurt) for a series of murders. John goes on the run and, as parts of his memory begin to return, he realizes that the city around him is in a perpetual state of midn...

Starring:
Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland
Runtime:
1 hour 36 minutes

Dark City

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Product Details

Genres Thriller, Science Fiction
Director Alex Proyas
Starring Rufus Sewell, Kiefer Sutherland
Supporting actors Jennifer Connelly, Richard O'Brien, Ian Richardson, William Hurt, Colin Friels, Frank Gallacher, Bruce Spence, Ritchie Singer, Nicholas Bell, Melissa George, David Wenham, Jeanette Cronin, Terr
Studio Warner Bros.
BBFC rating Suitable for 15 years and over
Rental rights 48 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5 stars

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

5 of 5 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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33 of 35 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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48 of 53 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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr. Bennett J. Dunn on 27 Jan 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Dark City starts with a man, John Murdoch (Sewell), waking up confused, alone and memoryless in a gloomy hotel in the middle of the night; committed of murders he didn't commit and pursued by ghostly agents who want him on account of the mysterious psychic power he has developed.

It so happens that I wanted to watch 'Dark City' because having seen Rufus Sewell in 'The Illusionist' I wanted a comparison and this intriguing film seemed a good option. In fact I'm very glad I bought it because the film is a masterpiece of science fiction. Combining a tense surrealism with incredible visual effects and an indescribable sense of foreboding, Dark City draws you into its dark heart. I was not sure quite what to expect, but from the first intriguing moment to the cosmic finale I was gripped by the mystery; the pace; and the queer malevolence of 'the strangers' whose hidden purpose both intrigues and discomforts.

On the one hand, Dark City could be described as an extended 'escape quest' along the lines of the Truman Show, but that would be an injustice. For whereas in the Truman Show everyone was conspiring against Truman, in Dark City everyone is oblivious to the monstrous 'experiments' conducted upon themselves by the alien strangers, leaving only John Murdoch sentient and aware except for one (somewhat unappealing) scientist traitorously acting on behalf of the strangers. Dark City is profoundly philosophical in its treatment of what constitutes identity, the value of memory and what it is that fundamentally makes us human, for the way the 'strangers' callously tamper with the human mind is enthralling and it is only when one distances oneself from the dreamlike quality of the film that the troubling nature of such a possibility is realised.
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34 of 38 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 April 2000
Format: DVD
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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