Dark City Director's Cut DVD Review - www.impulsegamer.com -

Feature 9.0
Video 8.5
Audio 8.5
Special Features 8.0
Total 8.9
Distributor: Reel
Classification: M15+
Reviewer:
Jeff Bloom

8.9


Dark City Director's Cut

Before the Matrix... there was Dark City which challenged the science fiction genre and truly gave the viewer an insightful movie experience with its dark overtones and amazing cinematography.

The story of Dark City revolves around a subtle hero called John Murdock who awakes one day only to discover that something is wrong with his life and the world around him. From this moment, the viewer is immediately thrown into the puzzle as John attempts to unlock the secrets of the "city" that he lives in, only to discover a nefarious alien race behind the complexities.

Dark City is a classic science fiction movie at its best that was masterfully directed by Alex Proyas and although the movie failed at the box office, it has become a true cult movie and ten years later, the Director's Cut of this extraordinary movie has finally arrived.

This new edition of Dark City adds another 11 minutes to the movie which gives you a more unique and insightful epxerience into the characters and the motivations behind them. As previously mentioned, another impressive feature of Dark City was the cinematography with its dark undertones that almost has elements of the horror genre in the film and could almost be considered a science fiction noir title in this aspect.

With some great performances by lead actor Rufus Sewell and Kiefer Sutherland as a creepy Doctor working for this strange race of aliens or demons, the movie also contains a plethora of Australian actors due to the movie being filmed here in Australia, needless to say a first class performance by all involved.

The video quality of Dark City is phenomenal that boasts 16:9 widescreen and almost looks like it was filmed yesterday with exceptional video quality. Match that Dolby Digital 5.1 and you have a true cinematic experience from start to finish.

Where the movie does shine is through the extras which includes a great introduction by director Alex Proyas and gives the viewer a true insight into the movie and how it should have been released.

A variety of featurettes and some great commentary by Proyas and writer David Goyer truly makes this DVD one of the better ones available when it comes to special features. Even though you may own the original DVD, this extended version is definitely a must have and even with age, this is one of the best science fiction movies ever made.

Special Features:

Intro by Alex Proyas
Memories of Shell Beach
Architecture of Dreams
Audio Commentaries by Alex Proyas, Roger Ebert, David Goyer and Lem Dobbs
Production Gallery
Theatrical Trailer

 






 
 



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