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Ordered SingStar: Queen, and SingStar: Vol 3, and also Blade Runner: The Final Cut, and Dark City: Director's Cut on Blu-ray. Still waiting for the first two to arrive, and in no rush to watch Blade Runner (I rather stupidly watched it on Sky after I ordered it!), but watched Dark City last night - I had told myself I wouldn't buy any more films on disc, but Blade Runner had to be bought, and I hadn't seen the Director's Cut of Dark City.

It has been a while since I last watched Dark City, and I have never reviewed it on LiveJournal, so I guess it's time for a retrospective. Directed and co-written by Alex Proyas, the film centres around the character of John Murdoch (Rufus Sewell). Murdoch wakes up with amnesia in an unfamiliar apartment in a strange city. To make matters worse he also discovers a peculiarly mutilated body of a woman. Murdoch is then pursued both by someone claiming to be his wife (Jennifer Connelly), a peculiar disfigured psychiatrist (Kiefer Sutherland), a clean cut police detective (William Hurt), and a group of "strangers" dressed in black (headed up by Richard O'Brien). And so the story unfolds. Dark City covers all the bases. The film is atmospheric, well directed, and well acted, with a stirring soundtrack. The cinematography is superb, and the special effects are also good, albeit a little different from the norm due to the nature of the content. The story is both original and interesting, and although the pacing and detail are a little slow and spartan respectively, I was not bothered due to the overall world the filmmakers weave, in a similar sense to films like Blade Runner. Overall an amazing film has been created by Proyas, similar to The Crow, but unfortunately not something he has managed to repeat subsequently. The Director's Cut of Dark City adds a little more to the story of Murdoch, along with making the film a complete mystery at the start, both of which lend to making a better film. Presumably Proyas was bullied into making the film easier to understand, and reducing the length, when it was theatrically released. Recommended for fans of deep and dark science fiction, but not for those who don't like slow and atmospheric pieces. 5/5 (Excellent)
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