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Added on: 7/1/2003 17:29
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Donnie Darko (UK)

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Certificate: 15
Running Time: 113 mins
Retail Price: £19.99
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In the tradition of Stir of Echoes and Final Destination, Donnie Darko is an edgy, psychological thriller about a suburban teen coming face-to-face with his dark destiny. Jake Gyllenhaal leads a star filled cast (including Drew Barrymore, Noah Wyle, Jena Malone, Patrick Swayze and Mary McDonnell) as a delusional high school student visited by a demonic rabbit with eerie visions of the past and deadly predictions for the future. This "excitingly original" (Entertainment Weekly) nail-biter will keep you on the edge of your seat until the mind-bending climax.

Special Features:
Commentary by Richard Kelly and Jake Gyllenhaal
Commentary by Selected Cast & Crew incl: Richard Kelly, Drew Barrymore, Katherine Ross and Jean Malone
20 Deleted & Extended Scenes with optional commentary by Richard Kelly
Interviews with 20 principal cast and crew members
B roll footage
The Philosophy Of Time Travel
Website Gallery
Artwork Gallery
UK Art Exhibition
"They Made Me Do It" - making of the UK art gallery
Cunning Visions gallery
Theatrical trailer
TV Spots
Extensive Cast & Crew Filmographies

Video Tracks:
Widescreen Anamorphic 2.35:1

Audio Tracks:
Dolby Digital 5.1 English
Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 English
Dolby Digital Surround 2.0 French

Subtitle Tracks:
CC: English

Directed By:
Richard Kelly

Written By:

Drew Barrymore
Jake Gyllenhaal
Holmes Osborne
Maggie Gyllenhaal
Daveigh Chase
Mary McDonnell

Casting By:
Joseph Middleton
Michelle Morris

Soundtrack By:
Michael Andrews

Director of Photography:
Steven B. Poster

Sam Bauer
Eric Strand

Costume Designer:
April Ferry

Production Designer:
Alec Hammond

Adam Fields
Thomas Hayslip
Sean McKittrick

Executive Producer:
Drew Barrymore
Nancy Juvonen
Casey LaScala
Hunt Lowry
Aaron Ryder
William Tyrer

Twentieth Century Fox

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9 / 10
Well, this is my first ever review, so it might not be that great.

I actually caught this at the local mulitplex on it`s only showing. I`ll admit that it is confusing, something that I certainly didn`t like on first viewing of the movie, which is why I feel the Royal Tenenbaums is the best movie of 2002. Having said that, it stands up very well to multiple viewing, now I have made my own thoughts about it. It is highly demanding. Not only that, the film is funny, scary and there is romance thrills, 80`s reminiscance and sci-fi, wonderful acting and great cinematography and score. A true cult classic

As the film was shot on a budget under $5million, the transfer here is more than resonable. It is often marked, and can look grainy and soft at times. This is only because of the type of film used, and nothing else. Besides, it`s anamorphic and is n my prefered ration, 2.35.1, and thats all that is needed to bring out the wonderful cinematography

The sound however, is wonderful. I don`t have a proper surround setup, but I can get a good grasp of the work on the PC. It is of a high quality, with what sounds like the surrounds being used to good effect. And when Frank talks, it is great to hear it through headphones

For such a low budget film, it has quite a plethora of extras, and as a mark of respect to the fact the film took more in theaters in the UK than in the USA on the original release, Momentum have given us some UK exclusives, some nice soundbites and a making of a UK art gallery. I have only listened to the Kelly Gyllenhall commentary, and it is witty, and informative. The deleted scenes are also very good, if ropey in quality. The rest is admitedly filler, but the galleries are nicely done. The menus are also athmospheric. A making of would have been nice, but again, low budget can account for this loss.

OVERALL-an excellent film that is certainly love or hate, but I love it.
posted by cartoonjonah on 4/6/2003 19:03