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A Scanner Darkly [HD DVD]


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  • Actors: Keanu Reeves, Winona Ryder, Robert Downey Jr., Rory Cochrane, Mitch Baker
  • Directors: Richard Linklater
  • Writers: Richard Linklater, Philip K. Dick
  • Producers: Anne Walker-McBay, Ben Cosgrove, Erin Ferguson, Erwin Stoff, George Clooney
  • Format: AC-3, Anamorphic, Animated, Color, Dolby, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner
  • Release Date: April 10 2007
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NOKJFO
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #79,767 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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A Scanner Darkly [Hd Dvd]

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gary Fuhrman TOP 50 REVIEWER on Aug. 20 2007
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
I've been an avid reader of Philip K. Dick for 40 years and have seen several film adaptations of his work. In terms of storytelling, none of them come close to this one. (Blade Runner is a classic rendering of Dickian atmosphere, but is only loosely related to the story it is purportedly based on.) Linklater follows the original novel closely in incident and dialogue, with only minor and judicious changes. The rotoscoping technique works perfectly and makes the most of excellent acting by the whole cast; the result effectively blurs the line between reality and hallucination. And the film leaves us with plenty to ponder, just as Dick's prophetic novel does -- some of it intensely personal (Do you really know who your friends are? Do they know who you are?) and some of it covertly political (the terrorist "war on drugs" bleeding into the paranoid "war on terror"). And on top of that, much of this film is hilarious. Definitely worth watching several times.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jonathan Stover TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Feb. 18 2012
Format: Blu-ray
Adapter/director Richard Linklater achieved at least three remarkable things with A Scanner Darkly: he created the most faithful movie adaptation of a Philip K. Dick novel or short story ever; he created an outstanding science-fiction film; and he maximized the limited acting ability of Keanu Reeves by casting Reeves as a burnt-out case in the midst of a drug-fueled mental breakdown.

Reeves plays Bob Arctor, a near-future California undercover government narc charged by his superiors with helping win the war against Substance D, a highly addictive illegal substance that rapidly causes irreversible brain damage in those addicted to it, partially by severing the connection between an addict's left and right brain hemispheres.

Arctor is deep undercover, sharing a house with two other addicts and buying Substance D from a third in increasingly difficult-to-supply mass quantities in the hopes of moving up the supply chain. The government knows what the main ingredient of Substance D derives from -- a small, blue-flowered plant -- but it doesn't know who is growing it, refining it, and putting it on the street.

Dick based much of A Scanner Darkly on his own drug experiences of the 1960's and 1970's, experiences which saw him committed to a mental asylum for a time, and experiences which caused him to interact with a large number of doomed and mostly doomed addicts. Indeed, the movie appends a portion of the novel's afterword to the end of the movie -- a roll call of the dead and damaged.

The hyper-colourful, rotoscoped animation Linklater uses here (he first used it in Waking Life) suits the material and the tone of that material -- the movie looks like a fever dream, a pulsating nightmare in which nothing is stable.
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I love the pop artiness of this film like The Waking Life and it's based Philip K Dick's novel of the same name.
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