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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: 2/5 -- I got bored with the random diversions into the long-winded conversations of the drug culture. Full Review
3 stars out of 5 -- Embedded in the visionary headtrip of A SCANNER DARKLY is a hotly political call to arms.
Rating: 7/10 -- Using interpolated rotoscoping techniques Linklater manage[s] to capture a unique visual style for "A Scanner Darkly" just absurd enough to be comical and just human enough to be tragic. Full Review
The Young Folks
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
4 stars out of 5 -- Among the finest Philip K. Dick-derived films, this finds Richard Linklater assembling a fistful of mainstream rebel icons...
4 stars out of 4 -- [O]ne of cinema's funniest, most frightening, and ultimately most moving meditations on the chemically altered life.
Rating: 10/10 -- In the end, it offers only the slightest of answers and the slimmest of hopes, because that is often all life offers as well. Whether anyone grasps that hope it leaves open for the audience to determine. Full Review
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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