A Scanner Darkly (Blu-ray)
Everything Is Not Going To Be OK
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Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: R
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 7, 2010
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Warner Home Video
- Encoding: Region [unknown]
- Note: Commentary by Keanu Reeves, writer/director Richard Linklater, producer Tommy Pallotta, author Jonathan Lethem and Philip K. Dick's daughter Isa Dick Hackett
- The weight of the line: animation tales
- Theatrical trailer
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - French, Spanish
Performers, Cast and Crew:
|Starring||Keanu Reeves, Robert Downey Jr., Woody Harrelson, Rory Cochrane & Winona Ryder|
|Directed by||Richard Linklater|
|Edited by||Sandra Adair|
|Screenwriting by||Richard Linklater|
|Composition by||Graham Reynolds|
|Director of Photography:||Shane F. Kelly|
|Executive Production by||George Clooney & Steven Soderbergh|
4 stars out of 4 -- [O]ne of cinema's funniest, most frightening, and ultimately most moving meditations on the chemically altered life.
Mr. Linklater uses the animation technique called rotoscoping to translate Mr. Dick's worldview, mostly to fine expressive effect.
New York Times
4 stars out of 5 -- Among the finest Philip K. Dick-derived films, this finds Richard Linklater assembling a fistful of mainstream rebel icons...
Wondrously attractive, all the more so for the avoidance (with one or two exceptions) of extrovert Waking Life-style set-pieces. Full Review
Ranked #12 in Film Comment's 20 Best Films Of 2006.
4 stars out of 4 -- One doesn't leave the movie with a mind blown by visual bedazzlement but with a soul shattered by the profound sense of tragedy Linklater and company so beautifully put across.
4 stars out of 5 -- Linklater's skewed sensibilities interlock lovingly with Dick's paranoid sci-fry...
Richard Linklater's adaptation of Philip K. Dick's classic novel is a challenging, mind-bending experience that cautions about the dangers of excessive drug use as well as the government's capacity to abuse and manipulate power. Using the same interpolated rotoscoping technique that Linklater employed in 2001's WAKING LIFE, the film is an animated, trippy descent into one man's unraveling mind. Set in the not-too-distant future where a new drug, substance D, has created an epidemic, A SCANNER DARKLY charts the mental unraveling of Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves). Arctor is an undercover cop who has been assigned to track a group of individuals who include the druggily verbose Barris (Robert Downey Jr.), the hyper-intense Luckman (Woody Harrelson), the ultra-paranoid Freck (Rory Cochrane), and the beautiful Donna (Winona Ryder). As the film unfolds and Arctor finds himself abusing substance D in order to maintain his façade, his mind begins to spin out of control, to the point where he doesn't know what's real and what isn't. Eventually, the truth comes out, leaving Arctor even more numbed. Linklater's surprisingly faithful adaptation of Dick's novel blends humor, drama, and Bob Sabiston's striking animation to deliver a thought-provoking film that will leave viewers as dazed as the film's protagonist.