Darkest City Remixed By Jorge

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8.4
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Video is a bit low quality, dialogue is muffled. Still watchable though. Very well edited, both video and audio - seamless throughout.

Pace is a lot higher than in the original early on due to cutting and reordering of scenes - about 23 minutes has been cut in total - although I'm a little unclear on why some things were moved. Additionally, some of the clues have been removed, and the edit increase the mystery surrounding the Strangers by showing less of them early on. It's also important to note that this edit removes the awful narration from the beginning - before the Extended Cut did it one year later.

I personally preferred the slower pace of the DC, which fits better with the noir mood of the film, whilst this one feels more like a thriller at times. The slower build up and suspense in the original made the reveal more cathartic, whilst the impact is somewhat lessened in my opinion by moving through events a little quicker and spending less time on character development. This isn't completely Jorge's fault as the TC had 11 minutes less material than the DC released in 2008. Additionally, I don't feel the rescores matched the mood of the film.

All in all, if you found Dark City boring or too slow, then this edit will redeem it for you, whilst if you enjoyed the slower pace of the noir-esque Director's Cut, I'd stick with that version. Either way, don't watch the Theatrical Cut!
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8.8
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This is a great edit. The quality was very good for a DVD. Technically, this was very well done. This movie has an insane amount of cuts in it, and the reordering helped strengthen the narrative. I enjoyed this one quite a bit. The new musical cues were interesting. I liked some more than others but I appreciated what you were going for.

I would say that we find out kind of what's going on early on, but I like the narrative flow of your edit more than the theatrical cut. I watched this with my wife who was also a big fan of the movie but hadn't seen it in 15 years. She couldn't figure out what had been cut because everything worked with no logic gaps. That's strong praise right there.

Overall, very well done.

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8.6
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9.0
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8.0
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Dark City was one of the touchstones of the early DVD era.
The film was embraced by the geeks, and derided by them. Likewise, the pacing and the acting.
For all that, Dark City was a showroom demo disc, along with Blade, Matrix, Blade Runner, and dominated the charts in Video Business Retailer when it came out.
This was always an excellent example of SciFi Noir. Jorge's version is slightly darker, done with trims.
Jorge's version was outstanding on a technical level.
Video edits were clean and helped propel the pace. I did not find the narrative any more mysterious, however.
Audio modifications were noticeable. Sometimes the new scoring worked, other times not.
A bit too much accordion for my liking, though chalk that down to personal taste.
Otherwise, highly recommended.

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Istvan6 May 24 2010

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