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‘Donnie Darko’ to Receive 4K Blu-ray Restoration, Potentially Revealing the Mysteries of Time Travel

But it's UK only — at least for now.

Jake Gyllenhaal and Jena Malone in “Donnie Darko”

Newmarket Films

Donnie Darko” fans from across the pond are in for a treat: Richard Kelly’s cult classic is getting a 4K restoration in time for Christmas. The upcoming Blu-ray release was just announced on Twitter by Kelly, who clarified that both the theatrical and director’s cut will be included along with a bevy of special features. Arrow Films is handling the release, which unfortunately is region-locked — making this another reason to consider an all region-player.

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“Donnie Darko” remains a favorite among vocal enthusiasts 15 years later, its mix of time travel and other sci-fi tropes making for an odd complement to the coming-of-age narrative led by Jake Gyllenhaal in the title role. Full list of features below.

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•  Brand new 4K restorations of both the Theatrical Cut and the Director’s Cut from the original camera negatives produced by Arrow Films exclusively for this release, supervised and approved by director Richard Kelly and cinematographer Steven Poster

•  High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations of both cuts

•  Original 5.1 audio (DTS-HD on the Blu-ray)

•  Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

•  Audio commentary by writer-director Richard Kelly and actor Jake Gyllenhaal on the Theatrical Cut

•  Audio commentary by Kelly, producer Sean McKittrick and actors Drew Barrymore, Jena Malone, Beth Grant, Mary McDonnell, Holmes Osborne, Katharine Ross and James Duval on the Theatrical Cut

•  Audio commentary by Kelly and filmmaker Kevin Smith on the Director’s Cut

•  Brand-new interviews with cast and crew, including Richard Kelly and XXX

•  “The Goodbye Place,” Kelly’s 1996 short film, which anticipates some of the themes and ideas of his feature films

•  “The Donnie Darko Production Diary,” an archival documentary charting the film’s production with optional commentary by cinematographer Steven Poster

•  20 deleted and alternate scenes with optional commentary by Kelly

•  Archive interviews with Kelly, actors Jake Gyllenhaal, Jena Malone, Drew Barrymore, James Duval, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Holmes Osborne, Noah Wyle and Katharine Ross, producers Sean McKittrick, Nancy Juvonen, Hunt Lowry and Casey La Scala, and cinematographer Steven Poster

•  Three archive featurettes: “They Made Me Do It,” “They Made Me Do It Too” and “#1 Fan: A Darkomentary”

•  Storyboard comparisons

•  B-roll footage

•  “Cunning Visions” infomercials

•  Music video: “Mad World” by Gary Jules

•  Galleries

•  Trailers

•  TV spots

•  Exclusive collector’s book containing new writing by Nathan Rabin, Anton Bitel and Jamie Graham, an in-depth interview with Richard Kelly, introduction by Jake Gyllenhaal and contemporary coverage, illustrated with original stills and promotional materials

•  Limited edition packaging featuring new artwork by Candice Tripp


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