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Donnie Darko - The Director's Cut (Two-Disc Special Edition)
Donnie Darko - The Director's Cut
Two-Disc Special Edition
Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Mark Anderson, Merribelle Anderson
Directors: Dee Austin Robertson, Richard Kelly
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
R     2005     2hr 13min

During the presidential election of 1988, a teenager named Donnie Darko sleepwalks out of his house one night, and sees a giant, demonic-looking rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world will end in 28 days, 6 hours, 42 ...  more »

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Actors: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Mary McDonnell, Mark Anderson, Merribelle Anderson
Directors: Dee Austin Robertson, Richard Kelly
Creators: Dee Austin Robertson, Richard Kelly, Aaron Ryder, Adam Fields, Raymond Mansfield, Todd Berger
Genres: Comedy, Drama, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense
Sub-Genres: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Mystery & Suspense
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Format: DVD - Color,Widescreen - Closed-captioned,Dubbed,Subtitled
DVD Release Date: 02/15/2005
Original Release Date: 02/15/2005
Theatrical Release Date: 02/15/2005
Release Year: 2005
Run Time: 2hr 13min
Screens: Color,Widescreen
Number of Discs: 2
SwapaDVD Credits: 2
Total Copies: 8
Members Wishing: 0
Edition: Director's Cut,Special Edition
MPAA Rating: R (Restricted)
Languages: English, English
Subtitles: English, Spanish

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Member Movie Reviews

Callie K. (ballofglitter) from GRAND ISLAND, NE
Reviewed on 8/15/2014...
All of my friends and even parents love this movie and think I'm nuts because I didn't care for and I can't understand why they like it so much. It's boring, it's one of the weirdest movies I've ever seen and nothing in it makes sense at all.
Chad B. (abrnt1) from CABERY, IL
Reviewed on 3/28/2011...
This film requires multiple viewings to understand and even then it doesn't really make too much sense overall. The viewer is left wondering if the film is a death dream, alternate reality or the insane ravings of a lunatic. It doesn't ever come out and say what it's trying to do. Characters act in ways that make no real logical sense. This film annoys me beyond belief. It's pretensious art school bs without a point. I had a far more enjoyable time re-watching Ed Wood films.
1 of 2 member(s) found this review helpful.
Suzanne B.
Reviewed on 8/5/2009...
2-disc set includes the Director's Cut and tons of special features well-suited to the DD fan. The film means different things to different people. To me, it was about a teen with serious mental health issues trying to make sense of his pyschotic break. To others, it is about the existence of a parallel universe. At any rate, it is a beautifuly written and produced film with excellent performances from its many famous actors. My lone complaint is that the film takes place in Virginia but was obviously filmed in California.
2 of 3 member(s) found this review helpful.

Movie Reviews

Sometimes less is a lot more ...
m-chan | 02/20/2005
(3 out of 5 stars)

"My rating and the following refers specifically to the Director's Cut. I would rate the original theatrical release five stars.

This director's cut brought to mind William Faulkner's line about writers often having to "kill their darlings" in order to meet the demands of a work's wholeness and integrity. Evidently, Richard Kelly was forced to kill his darlings with the theatrical release, and the result was close to perfection, if not perfection itself. The film's emotional force was stunning; its mysteries challenging; its pace so good that hitting pause to get more popcorn was impossible to do; its soundtrack (to my mind) a tour de force. It worked terrifically as a film experience, being a beautiful "whole" work of art. Extras that included Roberta Sparrow's book were great ... who really wanted to read the book during the movie anyways? (Which we can now do in the DC.)

Which does not mean a director's cut had no hope of working. Or even, maybe, revisions to the soundtrack (although I really think that was touchy business better left untouched). There were some good scenes deleted from the original, mainly between family members, and they didn't seem major pace-cutters. Fortunately, we do get those scenes here, but we also get the overwhelming force of the director's enthusiasm ... and WAY too much embedded detail of his personal vision.

On the upside, there's a nifty freedom to that enthusiasm which translates well into the Darko world IF you are also enthusiastic and into "playing" with Darko. In other words, if you love Donnie Darko already, you may find this cut a lot of fun. The pacing's completely blown, and the ending comes across flat compared to the original. (Kelly gets too detailed and baroque at the end, thus the impact of the "Mad World" music montage--don't want to include spoilers--and last scene is severely undermined.) Yet it's great to have more Darko, however we have to get it. And I don't regret buying this.

But if you've never seen the original DVD release, I cannot recommend this DVD set to you over that one. You will probably wonder why a cult ever built up around this film ... what anyone saw in it. You'll be missing that visceral power and compelling wonder that makes movies great and leaves you wanting to see a movie again ... immediately, if possible.

Donnie Darko was a little miracle of a film that cast a huge shadow. The director's cut joins many other films that try for bigness and achieve little ... unless, of course, in Darko's case, you've already seen the light and are into shadow-play.

The question isn't whether or not the movie's good, it's whe
Panda Opa | 06/08/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"Donnie Darko is a very good movie. Yeah it gets a little to complicated for itself at times, but it's entertaining the entire way through. A very good film with a very good cast. Almost nothing wrong with it. But...

The Director's Cut: Alright, this version of the film has been criticized by many fans and critics. Often seen as making the film, simple and cheap. I myself do not enjoy it quite as much as the original, for the above reasons. But by no means does the Director's Cut make it a bad movie. I mean heck, I own it. The specials on the dvd are also pretty good.

I still suggest to you that you watch the original first, but if you don't, I wouldn't worry about it. The whole, "The Director's Cut is the Worst movie Ever", isn't true. I hope you enjoy this very good movie.

Rating: 4 Stars

I hope this was helpful, thanks for your time."
Baffling Rework But Still A Great Film
Robert Sabonjian | Waukegan, IL United States | 08/25/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I am tempted to recommend that you stick with the original version because it doesn't have the strange grid effect over the time reversal sequence. This grid makes no sense at all, especially when you hear the Director's weak rationale for the artifice. The other additions are more effective and the sound is vastly improved over the original. The marvelously choreographed intro into the High School environment is a piece of virtuoso filmmaking."