Dark City DVD: Review By stevegibbs

  • OVERALL
    4.0
    GREAT
  • Feature
  • Extras
  • Replay Value
THE FEATURE
Waking up in an anonymous hotel room, John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) has lost his memory. There's a dead body in the room. Is he a murderer? The police certainly think so, but Murdoch's wife, Emma (A Beautiful Mind's Jennifer Connelly), doesn't agree. Can Murdoch discover who he is before detective Bumstead (William Hurt) catches up with him? And who are The Strangers; elusive beings with the power to change reality and stop time? It is up to Murdoch to stay alive, discover the truth and save the city.
THE EXTRAS
Two Audio Commentaries

For my money, the more interesting of the commentaries is by director Alex Proyas, along with his writers, cinematographer and production designer. The second commentary bymovie critic Roger Ebert is fine, but I just have a hard time listening to Ebert for more than a few mintes at a time.

Biographies/Filmographies

Exactly what you imagine it is.

Theatrical Trailer

Production Designs

Patrick Tatopoulos created some great designs for the movie and presents a handful in this section.

Neil Gaiman on Dark City

Gaiman, notable fantasy author of such delicacies as Neverwhere and American Gods, provides a brief essay of his insights on the movie. If you know where his head is at, it's an interesting read.

Comparisons to Fritz Lang's Metropolis

Interactive "Shell Beach" Game

This is taking the concept of easter eggs to its extreme. Each clue leads you to easter eggs spread out across the menus on the disc. If you have plenty of time and a good brain for puzzles, you'll get a kick out of this, otherwise it'll drive you crazy!
THE VIDEO
Presented in both 2.35:1 Widescreen and Fullscreen. A great transfer that really accentuates the film noir feel; Dark City is full of deep shadow and striking bursts of color, which translate very well. The picture clarity accentuates the smaller details and textures, delivering a very rich experience.
THE AUDIO
The soundtrack is a good quality 5.1 Dolby Digital. To get the most out of it you need to crank it up a little (as you should with any adventure movie). Overall the mix is good, with some nice subtlety to it.
THE FINAL WORD
If you enjoy a good riddle, this movie's for you. It keeps you guessing right up to the climactic finale. Actually, that's my only complaint: the finale, where story and character are eclipsed once again by effects. Otherwise, it's an exciting escape into a wildly imaginative place, where the city is as much a character as its human inhabitants. You might say that Dark City is the flip-side of Peter Weir's The Truman Show. Now there's a double feature for you!

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Comments (1)

  1. ed_wood

    One of my favorites.

    6 years agoby @ed-woodFlag