An English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack is offered as the main option for Donnie Darko in addition to a LPCM 2.0 mix. The DTS-HD mix sounds as dull as the image for Donnie Darko looks. Although the surround channels offer good ambience with some occasional discrete information that seems a little out of place, the mastering is on the veiled sounding side and dialogue often displays some crackle as well. Things do come alive a bit more whenever the cool 80’s tunes start to crank, but then the music is still just spread across the front with a nice bit of ambience added to the surrounds and a punchy mid-range behind it.
Donnie Darko slipped quietly away from theatres due to lack of promotion and apathy on the part of the viewing public and many critics. Over the years, however, the film kept a foothold in the minds of the public through late night showings and word-of-mouth. Building up to cult status, Donnie Darko has become one of the modern classics of cinema over the past decade as its star, Jake Gyllenhaal, has steadily risen to greater successes as well.
You first get introduced to Donnie Darko, played by Jake Gyllenhaal (October Sky), in the opening scene when Donnie mysteriously wakes up lying in the middle of the road in his Pajamas.
The film depicts a troubled adolescent named Donnie (Jake Gyllenhaal), who after surviving a near death experience, finds himself at the center of numerous acts of violence and vandalism in his community, possibly due to his growing insanity....
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(no pagination), 2002 July-Aug Walters, James. "When People Run in Circles: Structures of Time and Memory in Donnie Darko." In: Violating time : history, memory and nostalgia in cinema / edited by Christina Lee.
Donnie Darko is a cult classic that people either love or hate. If you’re inclined to hate it, then obviously this new Blu-ray release will not be for you. I do implore everyone to at least give this compelling film a try. I didn’t care for it much the first time I watched it either. The second time didn’t move me much more either, but after the third or fourth time, Donnie Darko begins to make sense and reveal itself to you. What better way to come to that understanding than with this 2-disc Theatrical and Director’s Cut Blu-ray release?
Even though almost every sci-fi movie attempts to explore some strain of the human experience, Donnie Darko has what most of these films lack: true human emotion.
In Donnie Darko (2001), writer/director Richard Kelly employs all of these familiar themes; then he adds humor, witty satire, time travel, apocalyptic prophecy, and a bi-pedal, six foot tall nightmare of a rabbit, who instructs the young and confused Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) through haunting visions and an eerie voice that runs through Donnie‘s head....
In Donnie Darko (2001), writer/director Richard Kelly employs all of these familiar themes; then he adds humor, witty satire, time travel, apocalyptic prophecy, and a bi-pedal, six foot tall nightmare of a rabbit, who instructs the young and confused Donnie Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) through haunting visions and an eerie voice that runs through Donnie‘s head.
Cast: Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, James Duval, Beth Grant, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross, Patrick Swayze, Noah Wyle, Alex Greenwald, Gary Lundy, Seth Rogen, Stuart Stone, Daveigh Chase, Patience Cleveland, David Moreland, Jolene Purdy.