- Rated: R
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 40 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: December 19, 2006
- Originally Released: 2006
- Label: Warner Home Video
Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
- Dolby Digital Surround Sound 5.1 - English
- Subtitles - English, French, Spanish - Optional
- Closed Captioned - English - Optional
Additional Release Material:
- Trailers - 1. Theatrical Trailer
- Commentaries - 1. Keanu Reeves - Star, Richard Linklater - Writer/Director, Tommy Pallotta - Producer, Jonathan Lethem - Author, Isa Dick Hackett - Philip K. Dick's Daughter
- "One Summer in Austin: The Story of Filming A SCANNER DARKLY"
- "The Weight of the Line: Animation Tales"
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Premiere - 07/01/2006
4 stars out of 4 -- "One doesn't leave the movie with a mind blown by visual bedazzlement but with a soul shattered by the profound sense of tragedy Linklater and company so beautifully put across."
Rolling Stone - 07/13/2006
3 stars out of 5 -- "Embedded in the visionary headtrip of A SCANNER DARKLY is a hotly political call to arms."
Box Office - 07/01/2006
3.5 stars out of 5 -- "[T]he animation is at once startlingly realistic and surreal, conveying the story's heightened atmosphere of paranoia."
New York Times - 07/07/2006
"Mr. Linklater uses the animation technique called rotoscoping to translate Mr. Dick's worldview, mostly to fine expressive effect."
Total Film - 09/01/2006
4 stars out of 5 -- "Linklater's skewed sensibilities interlock lovingly with Dick's paranoid sci-fry..."
Sight and Sound - 09/01/2006
"[T]his feature-length hallucination of a flick pulsates with enticing contradictions and wayward logic."
Uncut - 09/01/2006
4 stars out of 4 -- "[O]ne of cinema's funniest, most frightening, and ultimately most moving meditations on the chemically altered life."
Film Comment - 01/01/2007
Ranked #12 in Film Comment's "20 Best Films Of 2006."
Empire - 06/01/2010
4 stars out of 5 -- "Among the finest Philip K. Dick-derived films, this finds Richard Linklater assembling a fistful of mainstream rebel icons..."
Richard Linklater's adaptation of Philip K. Dick's classic novel is a challenging, mind-bending experience that cautions about the dangers of excessive drug use as well as the government's capacity to abuse and manipulate power. Using the same interpolated rotoscoping technique that Linklater employed in 2001's WAKING LIFE, the film is an animated, trippy descent into one man's unraveling mind. Set in the not-too-distant future where a new drug, substance D, has created an epidemic, A SCANNER DARKLY charts the mental unraveling of Bob Arctor (Keanu Reeves). Arctor is an undercover cop who has been assigned to track a group of individuals who include the druggily verbose Barris (Robert Downey Jr.), the hyper-intense Luckman (Woody Harrelson), the ultra-paranoid Freck (Rory Cochrane), and the beautiful Donna (Winona Ryder). As the film unfolds and Arctor finds himself abusing substance D in order to maintain his façade, his mind begins to spin out of control, to the point where he doesn't know what's real and what isn't. Eventually, the truth comes out, leaving Arctor even more numbed. Linklater's surprisingly faithful adaptation of Dick's novel blends humor, drama, and Bob Sabiston's striking animation to deliver a thought-provoking film that will leave viewers as dazed as the film's protagonist.
Animated Characters |
Animated Worlds |
Based On A Novel |