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HD DVD review: A Scanner Darkly

A solid presentation of an extremely flawed film, this HD DVD release of A Scanner Darkly should please those who enjoyed the film. While this is not a title that shows off the prowess of high definition to any great extent, it is an undeniable improvement on the standard definition release and, if nothing else, a curious novelty in that it is one of only a tiny number of animated (or, in this case, quasi-animated) titles to be available in HD.

A revolutionary technique or just a gimmick? I ponder Richard Linklater’s curious live action/animation hybrid A Scanner Darkly, released on a solid HD DVD by Warner. Review courtesy of DVD Pacific.

Posted: Saturday, April 14, 2007 at 4:02 PM | Comments: 5
Categories: Animation | Cinema | HD DVD | Reviews



Sorry but you seriously missed the point!
That you dont see rotoscoping as animation.... fine.
But the whole rotoscoping is not a gimmick in A SCANNER DARKLY.
It actually serves the storyline very well. The film wouldnt have the same powerful impact if it used "only" live action performances.

And you dont need to be on drug to GET the film.
But then again, your whole review is only pointing out your anti-rotoscoping view that it was used as a gimmick.

Posted by: ARCVILE, April 16, 2007 7:27 PM


If I wasn’t engaged by the plot, characters, performances or cinematic technique, I’m not sure what point I am supposed to have missed. I must confess that my emphasis on the (in my opinion ugly and unnecessary) rotoscoping technique was almost entirely due to the fact that I was so unenthused by the actual content that I would have had precious little to say about it otherwise.

I’m more than happy to accept different opinions on this film. Others have found the plot, characters etc. engaging, and that’s okay with me. Personally, I simply found the clumsy visuals to be the only truly interesting (in a bad way) element of the whole thing.

Posted by: Whiggles, April 16, 2007 7:58 PM


Fair enough.
Storywise, I felt it was one of the most interesting, involving and intelligent film of last year... along with CHILDREN OF MEN.

Posted by: ARCVILE, April 16, 2007 8:43 PM


Well, at least we agree on Children of Men. :)

Posted by: Whiggles, April 16, 2007 9:00 PM


First time I think we actually agree on something!

Posted by: ARCVILE, April 17, 2007 2:37 AM

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