Donnie Darko: The Director’s Cut DVD set is a two DVD set that was put together at the request of the movie studio that wanted to re-release the movie.
Disk one has what Kevin Smith calls the remastered or remix version. It was put together roughly 3 years after the cult hit was released. The director’s cut included commentary with Smith and producer/director, Richard Kelly. Part of what they did with the new version was to include more sounds and sci fi noises. They also used a lot of expanded scenes and put some deleted scenes back in. The music is what Kelly’s original vision was as well and not what was necessitated by a small budget when the film was originally completed. Since they had a lot of deleted footage, it was pretty easy for them to come up with this cut, in my opinion.
My problem with the commentary is that, while informative, it is laced with profanity and at the end some very inappropriate comments. Most of this is the fault of Smith, who not only interrupted Kelly a lot even after asking questions, but who just could barely put more than one sentence together without swearing. Class is not a word I would use to describe Kevin Smith at all.
The movie is presented in widescreen with a 2:35:1 aspect ratio. There are subtitles in English and Spanish. Audio can be heard in 5.1 Dolby Digital or 2.0 Dolby Surround.
Disc Two has a really neat video production diary that is quite cool. I love this because it is a great look at the shooting and gives you that behind the scenes perspective. My favorite, Patrick Swayze, is shown doing rehearsals, and it was so wonderful to see him working like that. This diary also includes commentary by Steven Poster, who was the Directory of Photography on the picture.
Other bonus material on this second disk include the director’s cut theatrical trailer, storybook to screen featurette, and a feature on the cult following of Donnie Darko.
This movie is not for everyone, but it is intriguing and this second version of it really adds to that intrigue.