DVD 96 mins IMDB 7.6 (28,652 votes)
Dark City
New Line Home Entertainment (1998)
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(11/29/2005 )

John Wood
Fantasy, Mystery, Sci-Fi, Thriller
Australia  /  English

Jennifer Connelly Emma Murdoch/Anna
William Hurt Inspector Frank Bumstead
Richard O'Brien Mr. Hand
Ian Richardson Mr. Book
Rufus Sewell John Murdoch
Kiefer Sutherland Dr. Daniel Schreber
Bruce Spence Mr. Wall
Colin Friels Det. Eddie Walenski
John Bluthal Karl Harris
Mitchell Butel Officer Husselbeck
Melissa George May
Frank Gallacher Chief Insp. Stromboli
Ritchie Singer Hotel Manager/Vendor
Justin Monjo Taxi Driver
Nicholas Bell Mr. Rain

Director Alex Proyas
Producer Andrew Mason; Alex Proyas
Writer Lem Dobbs; Alex Proyas; David S. Goyer
Cinematography Dariusz Wolski
Musician Pablo Beltrán Ruiz; Trevor Jones; François Perchat; Ben Weisman
User Credit 1 Dov Hoenig
User Credit 2 Liz Keogh

If you're a fan of brooding comic-book antiheroes, got a nihilistic jolt from The Crow (1994), and share director Alex Proyas's highly developed preoccupation for style over substance, you might be tempted to call Dark City an instant classic of visual imagination. It's one of those films that exists in a world purely of its own making, setting its own rules and playing by them fairly, so that even its derivative elements (and there are quite a few) acquire their own specific uniqueness. Before long, however, the film becomes interesting only as a triumph of production design. And while that's certainly enough to grab your attention (Blade Runner is considered a classic, after all), it's painfully clear that Dark City has precious little heart and soul. One-dimensional characters are no match for the film's abundance of retro-futuristic style, so it's best to admire the latter on its own splendidly cinematic terms. Trivia buffs will be interested to know that the film's 50-plus sets (partially inspired by German expressionism) were built at the Fox Film Studios in Sydney, Australia, home base of director Alex Proyas and producer Andrew Mason. The underground world depicted in the film required the largest indoor set ever built in Australia. Befitting a film of such ambition, the DVD includes a feast of bonus features, including audio commentaries by the director, producer, writers, and cinematographer, and also by film critic Roger Ebert, who named Dark City one of the best films of 1998. Also included is an isolated music track, an interactive game, and a photo gallery of production stills and set design sketches. --Jeff Shannon

Edition Details
Edition New Line Platinum Series
Barcode 794043465727
Region Region 1
Chapters 16
Release Date 2/2/2004
Packaging Snap Case
Screen Ratio Standard 1.33:1 Color
Widescreen 2.35:1 Color
Subtitles English; French; Spanish
Audio Tracks ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1 [CC]
FRENCH: Dolby Digital 5.1
Layers Dual Side, Single Layer
No. of Disks/Tapes 1

Fully Animated Interactive Menus
2 Audio Commentaries:
- Film critic Roger Ebert
- Director Alex Proyas
Writers Lem Dobbs and David Goyer
Production Designer Patrick Tatopoulos
Biographies / Filmographies
Comparisons to Fritz Lang's Metropolis
Theatrical Trailer
Set Designs
Personal Details
Purchase Date 11/29/2005
User Lookup 1 DVD Copy
User Text 2 They built the city to see what makes us tick. Last night one of us went off.
Links DVD Empire
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Trivia: Mr. Sleep is played by twins, a girl (Satya Gumbert) and her brother (Noah Gumbert). Both were fond of The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), and 'Richard O'Brien (I)' , who played Mr. Hand in this film and Riff Raff in The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975), frequently entertained them (and the rest of the cast and crew) with recitations from the film. (more)

Goofs: Continuity: When John Murdoch wakes up in the bathtub, the blood on his forehead changes position several times. (more)

John Murdoch: I was just thinking, what you do seems kind of dangerous right now. I mean, how do you know I'm not the killer?
May: I don't. Why, you feeling any urges I should know about?

Awards: 5 wins & 7 nominations (more)