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Dark City

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  • DVD
  • Publisher: New Line
  • ISBN-10: 0780622553
  • ISBN-13: 978-0780622555
  • Product Dimensions: 18.8 x 14.2 x 1.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 91 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 367 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #337,013 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Dark City

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By Hayley Cann TOP 500 REVIEWER on May 20 2014
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
A man wakes up in a bathroom. There are signs of a struggle around him, a dead body, and a broken syringe. His instincts scream at him to run. But why? He doesn't remember much, fleeting images only. The police are after him, but if he doesn't remember the crime, how can he be a murderer? Hiding in the city, dark, immense and cold, is easy, until he starts to notice incongruities, and foreboding strangers try to catch him. He must escape. but doing so means unraveling the secrets of the Dark City.

First off, this film plays as a hybrid between a film noir, and sci-fi. Both elements might seem to clash, but they are each done well and perfectly dosed so they mingle well. The attention to detail and atmosphere is impressive. The visuals are stunning but they're not just eye candy, they add to the story, they fuel our unconscious understanding of the existence of the characters inside the city. The characters themselves are great proxies for us to experience the story for ourselves. More than that, they seem to lend a humanistic insight to the harsh metaphor that are presented to us. It is difficult to praise the movie as much as it should be without including spoilers, but this is a movie that bears watching many times.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
I liked very much the idea of the experimental world and how and why the extra terrestrials manipulate the humans. It's so utopic, but still logical in its own way. The actors and the characters are OK, the tempo of the movie is appropriate as of the secrets you learn when you follow the poor guy that doesn't know who he is, what is his past and how he can use his new powers. He must figure out everything with so little help. Very captivating and if you let the idea in your mind, you begin to understand how desperate those people are and there is obviously no solution to their trouble. One thing is sure is that they are humans, still hoping for something (what?) and are certainly unwilling to be told what to do or even think by those that captured them and make experiments on them. I really like that kind of pure fiction. Well done. p.s. what exactly is the idea behind the little bad boy dressed like an adult that follows the killers all the time: he is completely meaningless... Still give it a five stars anyway.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Movie ratings are a matter of taste, of course, but I loved this movie. Visually beautiful and deserving of viewing projected onto a large screen. Kept my attention throughout without the use of sensationalistic gimmicks. Beautifully moody filmography. Audio excellent, dialogue easy to hear, music didn't overwhelm dialogue and visuals. Great fun -- could easily re-watch this repeatedly.
As far as the media itself is concerned, it offers a choice of either playing the theatrical or director's cut, with or without commentaries. There are extra documentaries included, some of which are quite extensive (one is 1 1/2 hrs by itself). The quality of the video encoding is superb. I've seen plenty of blu-rays which produced easily visible video artifacts when projected -- not this one: even projected on a screen larger than 4 X 7 feet, no video artifacts visible -- one could practically reach out and feel the texture of the tiles in the opening bathroom scene. Disk quality: meh. Arrived with two small scratches on it. Luckily, it didn't interfere with playback or result in any picture defects, but blu-rays should not be sent from the factory with scratches -- not impressive.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on Feb. 22 2007
Format: DVD
Cult films don't come much more groundbreaking than "Dark City" -- it was bending reality before the Matrix ever did, and with less obvious messages.

At first glance, Alex Proyas' spellbinding movie seems like a pretty basic story -- a seemingly ordinary man is pitted against the mysterious aliens who control his world. But it is far more than that. It's a dark grimy nightmare where nothing is what it seems, and everything we think is real is just an elaborate illusion, suffused with murky noir atmosphere and a mesmerizingly creepy band of villains. This is one of the rare films that is sublime from start to finish.

The Strangers are pasty-faced, bald, leather-coat-wearing aliens (think Darth Vader, post-mask), whose survival depends on somehow imitating human souls and dreams. So they created the Dark City, to observe and manipulate the unwitting humans.

John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell) wakes up naked in a tub, with no memory of who he is, and a brutally murdered woman in the hotel room outside. Police inspector Frank Bumstead (William Hurt) and the cops are hunting him for a series of murders, but John is sure he didn't murder anyone. He also is the only who seems to notice that the Dark City is perpetually night. And he's the only one who doesn't spontaneously fall into a coma at midnight, which is when the the Strangers appear.

Who are the Strangers? Pasty, bald aliens inhabiting dead bodies who appear every night to rearrange the world. Buildings are reshaped, people's memories change, and some people's whole lives are altered. And before long, John discovers that the strangers are after him because he can "tune" reality as they do.
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