- Number of Discs: 2
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: September 25, 2001
- Originally Released: 2000
- Label: Oscilloscope
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 1.85
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 1.85
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Deleted Scenes
- Documentary: "Life After the Tunnel"
- Featurette: "The Making of DARK DAYS"
- Audio Commentary: Marc Singer - Director
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Interactive Features:
- Interactive Menus
- Scene Access
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- Additional Text: The History of the NYC Subway Tunnels
- DVD-ROM Features:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Memorable Quotes and Dialog:
"I just forget about damn time."
- a tunnel resident to the camera about the blackness and lack of day or night differentiation.
New York Times - 08/30/2000
"...[An] unforgettable movie....DARK DAYS manages the tricky feat of humanizing its subjects without overly sentimentalizing them..."
Sight and Sound - 03/01/2001
"...Singer displays a sharp sense of cinematic grammar....[A] remarkable documentary..."
Total Film - 04/01/2001
"...This is a wonderfully shot and snappily edited film....A triumph of documentary film-making..."
Los Angeles Times - 10/27/2000
"...Exceptional....It's remarkable for where it takes us, how it takes us there, and the quiet way it changes our view of the word by giving a voice to people no one has much listened to before..."
Chicago Sun-Times - 10/20/2000
"...Marc Singer's film shows an extraordinary world that exists below the streets of Manhattan..."
Entertainment Weekly - 09/28/2001
"...There are stories here filled with sadness and deep regret....These sub-metropolitans have managed to create an atmosphere of warmth and community in one of the coldest places in Manhattan..."
Empire - 01/17/2014
3 stars out of 5 -- "[T]his is a gritty yet often tender look at society's margins."
New York City |
Theatrical Release |
- Theatrical release: August 25, 2000
- Filmed on location in a tunnel underneath Penn Station in New York City.
- Singer, who was working a regular day job in the fashion industry and had no prior film making experience, became fascinated by the people living in the tunnel and decide to move underground himself. After two years, he convinced his friends--the tunnel residents--to help him make the film, which was done entirely with borrowed equipment and donated film.
- Because of the extreme conditions of the tunnel--pitch blackness and rat infestation, primarily--director Marc Singer had the tunnel's residents serve as the crew for the making of the film, as he decided they were most familiar with the tunnel's terrain.
- When Amtrak tried to evict the residents of the tunnel, it was Singer who intervened, going to the Coalition for the Homeless for help. They cut a deal with the federal government and got funding to relocate the tunnel's residents. Each of them was given an apartment and a job in a work program.
- DARK DAYS was named Best Documentary of 2000 by the Village Voice and the Los Angeles Film Critics Association.