I remember being utterly stunned when I first saw this enigmatic film on a USA R1 DVD. I did not know then that the film had bombed in the States and was saved by the rapturous reception it got from a more enlightened audience in the UK. This clearly illustrates the main problem in the USA and Hollywood products: unwillingness to think and expecting everything lobotomised for easy access. ‘Donnie Darko’ kicked this in the face with the most amazing puzzle that offers no simple solution. It reminds me of a very different puzzle film in Peter Greenaway’s ‘The Draftsman’s Contract’. If you haven’t seen ‘Donnie Darko’ you need to give it a try and come to your own conclusion what the film is about. It is wonderfully made with a superb central performance by Jake Gyllenhaal. Even the choice of UK music from the 1980s is inspired.
The presentation by Arrow is superb and re-enforces my belief that Arrow is the best video company operating in the UK at the moment. They consistently put to shame the big Hollywood players who have cut back and back on their blu ray and DVD packages made as cheaply as possible. This comes laden with special features including a new full length documentary that is very good: just a pity that only one of the actors could be bothered to participate! It also includes all previous extras. The packaging is fantastic with beautiful artwork and design. It comes in a very study box with three separate sections: two digipacks for the discs and a hardback 94 page book. Even the enclosed two sided poster is really good quality.