Donnie Darko (Widescreen Edition)
starring Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena
Malone, Mary McDonnell, Holmes
Osborne, Maggie Gyllenhaal
This unclassifiable but stunningly original film obliterates the walls between
teen comedy, science fiction, family drama, horror, and cultural satire--and
remains wildly entertaining throughout. Jake Gyllenhaal (October Sky)
stars as Donnie, a borderline-schizophrenic adolescent for whom there is
no difference between the signs and wonders of reality (a plane crash that
devastates his house) and hallucination (a man-sized, reptilian rabbit who
talks to him). Obsessed with the science of time travel and acutely aware
of the world around him, Donnie is isolated by his powers of analysis and
the apocalyptic visions that no one else seems to share. The debut feature
of writer-director Richard Kelly, Donnie Darko is a shattering, hypnotic
work that sets its own terms and gambles--rightfully so, as it turns out--that
a viewer will stay aboard for the full ride. --Tom Keogh
As most people do, I think this is a great movie. I've seen it several times
over the years, but decided to buy the blu ray version despite mostly bad
reviews for the transfer.
As far as why the movie itself is so great, it's unique, there's a lot to figure
out, and many of the theoretical physics type of topics such as time travel
are interesting to a lot of people anyway.
The blu ray has both the theatrical release of the movie and the director's
cut. Each of them explain what's going on in different ways really. The
director's cut version explains a lot of things which the theatrical release
leaves more open ended. It explains by showing the pages from the time
travel book on the screen between some of the scenes. However, I
personally like the ending of the theatrical version better. A lot of "helpful
audio" is present at the end of the theatrical version, but not there in the
As far as it being on blu ray, I disagree with those saying not to buy it.
Most places sell it for close to $10, including here on Amazon. The
transfer seems BARELY better than the DVD version to me. However if
you don't already own BOTH versions of this movie on dvd, why not spend
$10 to get to have both on one disc and compare them back and forth?
Then I still believe it has SLIGHTLY better picture quality also.
So if you own BOTH versions of the movie on dvd I guess skip it. But
otherwise it's easily worth the $10-$15. The movie itself is one of my
favorites of all time.
The director's cut mostly just adds in deleted scenes already on the
original dvd abd then overlays those time travel book pages, but it also has
different music, added audio, removed audio, a little more in way of
deleted scenes, etc... It's different enough to be interesting to anyone who
loves the movie. The music is better in certain places in the theatrical
release though, so I still rate the theatrical as the better version.
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