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Donnie Darko (Special Edition)

Donnie Darko is a weird teenager who just barely escapes from death when one night he walks out of his house when a plane engine crashes in his bedroom. After this event, he starts to see hallucinations of his friend Frank, the huge bunny which apparantly only he can see. This Frank-bunny predicts him the end of the world in just 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. Also other strange things happen like an old woman called “Mrs. Death” who keeps going back and forth to her mailbox which stays empty, his beloved English teacher gets fired for no apparant reason other than teaching English, and some self-help guru comes to school and seems to get everyone under his spell until Donnie burns down his house and a porn cellar gets exposed.

To be honest, I don’t know what to think of Donnie Darko. I can imagine that there’s loads of fans out there (the movie also won an award) but personally I find the story a bit too much weirdness all put together. The characters are pretty much all stereotypes and except for his imaginary friend Frank, Donnie is one of the few “normal” people running around in his town.

Sound and Vision:
The image quality can be considered good although there’s loads and loads darkness and shades. In the beginning you might think the contrast is wrong, but you’ll soon notice that it’s intended to be that way.

The soundtrack in Dolby Digital 5.1 is what you can expect in this type of movie: mostly the front channels are used, but surround channels do come in action when necessary.

Extras:
Not much. Some commentary tracks and pictures which seem to be related to the movie (although I couldn’t really make anything out of it) are all we get. I guess the DTS track is why this DVD is given the label of “Special Edition”.

Conclusion:
I doubt Donnie Darko is a film for the average crowd while real lovers of the genre will absolutely adore the movie

Our Score:
6.0

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