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Donnie Darko” is one of those films from the early 00s that film snobs love to turn on in the present day. Hell, some of them hated it from the beginning. I can’t get onboard with any of that. Richard Kelly won me over from the first viewing through Southland Tales and even The Box. While not the next Spielberg, he reminded me of something that I loved when learning about film through intense HBO marathons in the late 80s/early 90s. Kelly is a low-key auteur with strong genre pinnings.

While CG allowed Kelly to restructure the idea of time travel/alternate realities, it didn’t say anything new. What it did was found a way to shove it through the guise of a teen period movie. This box set brings together the theatrical cut (my preferred), the Director’s Cut and a booklet examining the Darko phenomenon. If you own the film already on DVD/Blu, toss that copy in the garbage. It’s an incomplete attempt at trying to understand this film.

This is the kind of collection that proves that Home Video still matters. While not every film can generate this level of content, there is still a need to try. Right now, this is among one of the best of 2017.

Donnie Darko BR arrow mvd


  • Brand new 4K restorations of both the Theatrical Cut and the Director’s Cut from the original camera negatives produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release, supervised and approved by director Richard Kelly and cinematographer Steven Poster
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of both cuts
  • Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on the Blu-ray)
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Audio commentary by writer-director Richard Kelly and actor Jake Gyllenhaal on the Theatrical Cut
  • Audio commentary by Kelly, producer Sean McKittrick and actors Drew Barrymore, Jena Malone, Beth Grant, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross and James Duval on the Theatrical Cut
  • Audio commentary by Kelly and filmmaker Kevin Smith on the Director’s Cut
  • Deus ex Machina: The Philosophy of Donnie Darko, a brand-new documentary by Ballyhoo Motion Pictures on the making of Donnie Darko, containing interviews with writer-director Richard Kelly, producer Sean McKittrick, director of photography Steven Poster,
  • The Goodbye Place, Kelly’s 1996 short film, which anticipates some of the themes and ideas of his feature films
  • The Donnie Darko Production Diary, an archival documentary charting the film’s production with optional commentary by cinematographer Steven Poster
  • Twenty deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary by Kelly
  • Archive interviews with Kelly, actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, James Duval, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Noah Wyle and Katharine Ross, producers Sean McKittrick, Nancy Juvonen, Hunt Lowry and Casey La Scala
  • Three archive featurettes: They Made Me Do It, They Made Me Do It Too and #1 Fan: A Darkomentary
  • Storyboard comparisons
  • B-roll footage
  • Cunning Visions infomercials
  • Music video: Mad World by Gary Jules
  • Galleries
  • Trailers
  • TV spots
  • Exclusive collector’s book containing new writing by Nathan Rabin, Anton Bitel and Jamie Graham, an in-depth interview with Richard Kelly, introduction by Jake Gyllenhaal and contemporary coverage, illustrated with original stills and promotional materi
  • Limited edition packaging featuring new artwork by Candice Tripp


  • 2.35:1 1080p transfer
  • DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track


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