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Is Dark City worth a blind buy at $10.00?

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#1 of 70 OFFLINE   Nick Senger

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Posted September 24 2003 - 12:42 PM

October and November are going to be heavy spending months for me, so I'm reluctant to buy any older DVDs right now, but I saw Dark City at a local store for 10 bucks. I've seen positive and negative reviews of the film. Should I make a blind buy while it's so cheap?

Some of my favorite sci-fi flicks are 2001: A Space Odyssey, Metropolis, and Brazil. I've only seen a little of Blade Runner on TV, but what I saw I liked (I am waiting for a definitive edition on DVD before I watch the whole thing.)

Thanks for the help!

#2 of 70 OFFLINE   Patrick McCart

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Posted September 24 2003 - 12:46 PM

Excellent movie and worth the price.

#3 of 70 OFFLINE   Joseph J.D

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Posted September 24 2003 - 01:02 PM

Hell yes!!!!! An excellent film on a fully loaded DVD.
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#4 of 70 OFFLINE   JohnnyHK


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Posted September 24 2003 - 01:04 PM

You can actually get it for $7.95 shipped from Digital Eyes. A total no-brainer at that price.

BTW, go ahead and at least rent the Director's Cut of Blade Runner. You're denying yourself one of the great sci-fi classics of all time.
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#5 of 70 OFFLINE   Chad Gregory

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Posted September 24 2003 - 01:04 PM

Except you could walk into any BestBuy and pick it up for $5.99

#6 of 70 OFFLINE   Matt Pelham

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Posted September 24 2003 - 01:04 PM

Yes, for $10 you can't go wrong, and the disc has some interesting special features including a great Ebert commentary. Go for it!

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Posted September 24 2003 - 01:11 PM

Best Buy's $5.99 picks include Dark City, Singles, and some bad movies too.
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Posted September 24 2003 - 01:32 PM

This movie is a steal at twice the price! One of the best movies ever made. Great mix of sci-fi/noir.

#9 of 70 OFFLINE   Thi Them

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Posted September 24 2003 - 01:38 PM

What's Best Buy's $5.99 picks? I don't see anything on their website and weekly ad.


#10 of 70 OFFLINE   Paul-Gunther


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Posted September 24 2003 - 01:48 PM

Me, neither.

Anyway, excellent movie. One of the best of '98. Highly recommend it.

#11 of 70 OFFLINE   Nick Senger

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Posted September 24 2003 - 02:09 PM

$5.99 at Best Buy? I'll definitely look into that. Thanks for the input--I think I'll pick it up, especially if I can find it even cheaper. Why such a low price? Is there a special edition coming or something?

Also, I might try to talk my wife into watching it with me, but she doesn't usually like to watch dark, bloody movies, unless it's a Terminator movie--must be the special effects :-)

Anyway, does it have any more gore than an X-Files episode?

And JohnnyHK, I may indeed get impatient and get Blade Runner one of these days as well--it's been very hard to keep from watching it.

#12 of 70 OFFLINE   Ken Seeber

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Posted September 24 2003 - 02:34 PM

I picked this up at Best Buy for $5.99 too. They had a special section with several good titles marked with big yellow "Special Purchase" tags.

Yeah, it's worth it.

#13 of 70 OFFLINE   ChrisBEA



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Posted September 24 2003 - 02:47 PM

Anyway, does it have any more gore than an X-Files episode?

Not really, it has some language and brief nudity, but that's it.
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#14 of 70 OFFLINE   Vincent Matis

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Posted September 24 2003 - 06:59 PM

My cousin watched that movie before me and gave me this advice: don't listen to the first two lines of dialogue (spoken by K.Sutherland IIRC), it gives part of the mystery away.
I enjoy it better not knowing anything about the story at the beginning. I feel like these two lines were added because some people might feel the beginning is too confusing (which he's not, you're just like the main character, trying to figure out what is happening)
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#15 of 70 OFFLINE   Brian Kidd

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Posted September 25 2003 - 12:36 AM

Yeah the opening narration was added at the request of the studio. Proyas says as much in the commentary.

Great movie! One of my favorites. Plus, you get a terrific commentary by Roger Ebert and an essay by Neil Gaiman. Obviously some folks with good taste think very highly of this film.

I think the reason it's so cheap is that it's been around for so long that New Line made their money back on it long ago. Now they can afford to knock the price down to pull in folks who might not have bought it otherwise.

Again, I can't stress enough how cool this film is.
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#16 of 70 OFFLINE   Bryan Tuck

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Posted September 25 2003 - 12:40 AM

Not really, it has some language and brief nudity, but that's it.

And not much of that, either. The gore is probably comparable to the X-Files movie. At any rate, great film, and absolutely worth $5.99 or $9.99.
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#17 of 70 OFFLINE   Christopher Cheadle

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Posted September 25 2003 - 01:09 AM

I paid more than $15 when it first came out on DVD (and picked it up on Laserdisc before that for $35) and have never regretted the purchase or the price. Great movie that I watch often.
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#18 of 70 OFFLINE   JasonRH


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Posted September 25 2003 - 02:56 AM

A must buy even at full price, IMO.

#19 of 70 OFFLINE   Neil Joseph

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Posted September 25 2003 - 03:10 AM

This has one of my favourite movie trailers as well, all in DD5.1.
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#20 of 70 OFFLINE   Jack Briggs

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Posted September 25 2003 - 03:52 AM

This is one of the oh so few films of recent vintage called "science fiction" that really is science fiction. A fine film that grows on you, wrapped in an excellent DVD presentation. Well worth it.

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