Donnie Darko, a cult favourite, is stepping into the HD world with both the theatrical and director’s cut being released next February. The two disc set will include both cuts on the first disc and all the special features on the second disc.
It will be interesting to check out both cuts as many claim the theatrical version to be the superior one.
THIS IS NOT A HALLUCINATION
Hop Over To The Dark Side In High-Definition On
February 10 From Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
CENTURY CITY, Calif. – Revisit the cult classic psychological thriller in stunning high definition when DONNIE DARKO debuts on Blu-ray February 10 from Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment. From Director Richard Kelly, this sensational and disturbing masterpiece defies genre boundaries and simple explanations. Starring Oscar®-nominee Jake Gyllenhaal (The Day After Tomorrow, Jarhead), DONNIE DARKO follows a delusional high school student who is visited by demonic rabbit with eerie visions of the past – and deadly predictions for the future.
Boasting powerful supporting performances by an all-star cast including Golden Globe®-nominee Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight), Golden Globe®-nominee Drew Barrymore (He’s Just Not That Into You; Charlie’s Angels), Golden Globe®-nominee Jena Malone (Into The Wild, The Ruins), Daveigh Chase (“Big Love”), Golden Globe®-nominee Patrick Swayze (Ghost; Dirty Dancing) and Golden Globe®-nominee Noah Wyle (“ER”), DONNIE DARKO Blu-ray Disc includes two versions of the film: theatrical and director’s cut – featuring 20 minutes of additional footage – audio commentary with writer/director Richard Kelly and Jake Gyllenhaal and more. The DONNIE DARKO Blu-ray Disc will be available for the suggested retail price of $34.99 U.S./$37.99 Canada. Prebook is December 31, 2008.
DONNIE DARKO Synopsis
Donnie Darko is a disturbed adolescent from a dysfunctional upper middle class family who narrowly escapes death when a jet engine crashes in his bedroom. He has visions of a giant rabbit, Frank, who instructs him to make violent acts and informs him that the world will end in 28 days.
BD-Specific Special Features
The DONNIE DARKO Blu-ray Disc is presented in widescreen format (2.35:1 aspect ratio) on a 50GB dual-layer disc authored in BD-J with AVC (MPEG 4) compression with English 5.1 DTS HD Master Audio, Spanish/French 2.0 Audio plus English, French and Spanish subtitles. Bonus features include:
· Commentary with Writer/Director Richard Kelly and Jake Gyllenhaal (Theatrical Version)
· Commentary with Cast and Crew (Theatrical)
· Commentary with Writer/Director Richard Kelly and Kevin Smith (Director’s Cut)
Standard Definition Special Features
A second standard def disc is also included and presented with English Dolby Surround 2.0 and English Dolby Digital 5.1 in widescreen (aspect ratio 2.35:1). Bonus features include a Donnie Darko Production Diary with optional commentary by director of photography Steven Poster, “They Made Me Do It Too—The Cult Of Donnie Darko,” a storyboard to screen featurette, “#1 Fan: A Darkomentary” and the director’s cut theatrical trailer.
DONNIE DARKO BLU-RAY DISC
Street Date: February 10, 2009
Prebook Date: December 31, 2008
Suggested Retail Price: $34.99 U.S./$37.99 Canada
Total Run Time (Director’s Cut): 133 minutes
Total Run Time (Theatrical Cut) 113 minutes
Catalog #: 2253315
U.S. Rating: R
Canadian Rating: 14A
Closed Caption: Yes