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DARK CITY [Director's Cut]

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I saw this film back when it first came out in '98 and thought it brilliant.

Even in that incarnation, I would recommend it highly.

But the new version smooths out some of the roughness of the theatrical cut.

But what is Dark City?

That is itself the intent of the story.

So I give a tantalizing review that I hope has you interested in the film.

"They built the city to see what makes us tick. Last night, one of us went off."

It was on the posters and it sums up the film while posing new questions.

Who are "They"?

What is meant by "going off"?

Opening scene.

12:01 AM

A man awakens in a bathtub and stumbles to the mirror.

There is blood on his forehead, but no wound.

He gazes without comprehension upon his own image and wipes away the blood to reveal that there is indeed, NO WOUND.

Later, dressed, he knocks over a fishbowl then stoops to retrieve the fish to place it in water.

He finds a suitcase.

K.H.?

It mean mean his name.

Then the phone rings.

"They are coming. You must not be there when they arrive."

He has no recollection of the voice.

It is a stranger to him, but the voice is full of worry.

He drops the phone on its cradle [this is an OLD phone design] and departs with suitcase in hand.

At the sign in desk he discovers that his last name is Murdoch [J. Murdoch] and that he left his wallet at the "Automat".

Thus begins the story of amnesia and a quest for identity that leads our protagonist to discover that there are men, very peculiar men, who seek his death as well as a Dr. Schreber who claims to be a friend.

His quest will -- in fact -- alter the world.

If he survives it.

This Sci-Fi/Noir fusion (with some distinctively "Pulp" elements) is among the very short list of extremely "mind altering" films that I recommend.

Finally, not all questions in this film are answered.

This is nice as there is much that the viewer can fill in for himself instead.

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Donor

I remember when the Matrix came out, and I would say "I liked The Matrix better the first time I saw it, when it was called Dark City".

Seriously, though, this movie makes my top 10 favorite films of all times, probably even my top 5.

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Curator

It's a great film and I have the Director's Cut on my Netflix list to view.

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I bought the Directors Cut, but I haven't watched it yet, so I'm not sure how different it is from the theatrical cut.

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Guest SKeLoRiC

Differences:

Lack of intro monologue. -- which strengthens the visual impact of first scene.

One minor element is restored which gives better reasoning to Bumstead's change in allegiance.

A few other scenes given slightly more "gravitas" in order to solidify the film better.

In all, maybe an extra 6 minutes at most.

But what a difference they make in strengthening the film.

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Ahh....coolness.

Tho, I did like the original opening..I did feel it gave much away...

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Donor

What a great film...I still got the original VHS of it

Gunna have to get me the Directors Cut now aint I?

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Guest SKeLoRiC

Tho, I did like the original opening..I did feel it gave much away...

Which was the problem.

The directer didn't want the intro, the studio forced him to have it.

I liked it as well, though and wish it had been offered in the bonus features.

What a great film...I still got the original VHS of it

Gonna have to get me the Directors Cut now aint I?

I also have the classic VHS and yes you will have to get this version DVD.

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I don't have my VHS, but I do have the original version on dvd.

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I just have to steal my dad's copy whenever I want to watch it, but now I think I may pop out & nab me this new one of which you speak

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This movie is definitely on my top 10, and probably the only time I considered Blu-Ray was for the Director's cut.

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OH MY GOD! i finally got around to watching this masterpiece of a film and i am so enamoured with it. definately breeches onto my top ten list. seriously fucking great stuff.

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I'm curious -- what was the original monologue that people have referred to?

I'm thinking maybe it was an American-only thing, because I have the original theatrical release on DVD and the Director's Cut on Blu-ray (yes, this is one of my favourite films ) and neither of them has an opening monologue. So now I'm curious!

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Curator

Should we not know Mr. Hand?

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I still need to watch this new Directors cut. I bought it on Blu-Ray...should be awesome.

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