Donnie Darko is a movie that asks you to go along with it. Because it immediately connects with the viewer, this is not a difficult thing to do. This movie is a very strange and complex blend of your basic horror, science fiction, and teen angst movies. Donnie Darko Blu-ray includes the original and 20 minutes longer Director’s Cut as well as a bunch of extra features on a separate, regular DVD. If you like weird movies with a brain that make you think, Donnie Darko is something you want to watch. The Director’s Cut makes a bit more sense.
In some ways, Donnie Darko is Harvey meets the late 20th century movie. Darko (Jake Gyllenhaal) sees a very strange, creepy looking giant rabbit named Frank. Frank, it seems, wakes Donnie up in the middle of the night, makes him do things or saves his life, and tells him the world is coming to an end in 28 days. Donnie also develops a relationship with Gretchen, the new girl in school (Jenna Malone).
There is much, much, much more going on than that in Donnie Darko. A lot of people in town are minto a self-help guru (Patrick Swayze), weird things happen all the time, and a former nun and retired teacher wrote a book on time travel.
It really is hard to make heads or cotton tails of Donnie Darko but it is an interesting ride. The Director’s Cut certainly adds enough to help figure out what is going on.
The weirdest thing about this strange movie is Jake Gylenhaal often seems to inhabit the body of Richard Kind (Spin City) and that gets a little annoying.
Donnie Darko Blu-ray fails to impress menu wise. Getting from the theatrical version to the director’s cut involves going through the special features selection. I’ve seen better.
Special features include 3 different commentary tracks, enhanced for D-Box motion control system. The second DVD features the Donnie Darko Production Diary with optional commentary track, a feature on the movie’s cult following, #1 Fan, a Darkomentary, a storyboard short, and the trailer for the director’s cut.