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- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 19, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Warner Home Video
- DVD Featues:
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Amaray Case
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Surround Sound 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish - Optional
- Closed Captioned - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Trailers - 1. Theatrical Trailer
- Commentaries - 1. Keanu Reeves - Star, Richard Linklater - Writer/Director, Tommy Pallotta - Producer, Jonathan Lethem - Author, Isa Dick Hackett - Philip K. Dick's Daughter
- "One Summer in Austin: The Story of Filming A SCANNER DARKLY"
- "The Weight of the Line: Animation Tales"
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|
Rating: 4/5 -- A Scanner Darkly is the most faithful Dick adaptation to date. Like Dick's writing, Richard Linklater's movie doesn't sweat at immersing itself in the trappings of sci-fi; it's concerned with ideas.
Empire Magazine Australasia
Wondrously attractive, all the more so for the avoidance (with one or two exceptions) of extrovert Waking Life-style set-pieces. Full Review
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.
Rating: 3/5 -- It is not a great film, but an insidious one, the sort that gets under your skin. It leaves you scrabbling at aphids, hoping they really are in your imagination. Full Review
The coolest thing about the movie version of A Scanner Darkly is how very literally it takes the scanner part of that title. Full Review
Rating: 3/5 -- It's never less than incredibly beautiful to watch. Full Review
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.
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