Here's an interesting Mister Joshua tidbit: On the day I bought my first Blu-Ray player I purchased 1 film. That film? Donnie Darko. It was $9.99 at best Buy. I got home ready to watch the film and realized I did not have the correct AV connection to run from the Blu-Ray player to the television. So both the player and the film sat for weeks becasue I was lazy. The end result? I eventually did procure the correct connections for the player...but...I have still never watched the Blu-Ray edition of Donnie Darko. It continues to sit, some 5 years later, still wrapped in plastic, filed in the "D" section of my visual media library.
What does this have to do with anything? Well I'm glad you asked. Now, I finally have the opportunity to not only watch Donnie Darko, but thanks to our good friends at Arrow Films, I can watch a 4k restoration on the big screen! To commemorate the films 15th anniversary, Arrow has restored the film from its original negatives and will be screening the restored version in both Los Angeles and in my neck of the woods, New York City. You can check out more information about the release, dates, places etc, along with some other stuff we've lazily cribbed from the press release below.
"Donnie is a troubled high school student: in therapy, prone to sleepwalking and in possession of an imaginary friend, a six-foot rabbit named Frank, who tells him the world is going to end 28 days, 6 hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds. During that time he will navigate teenage life, narrowly avoid death in the form of a falling jet engine, follow Frank's maladjusted instructions and try to maintain the space-time continuum.
The brand-new 4K restoration was produced by Arrow Films from the original camera negatives and supervised and approved by Kelly and cinematographer Steven Poster. The 4K restoration premiered to a packed audience at the National Film Theatre in London on December 17th, 2016, with an introduction by Richard Kelly. A screening of the Director's Cut followed the next day.
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Donnie Darko will also return for weeklong runs in Denver, Columbus, Pittsburgh, Phoenix and San Francisco on , and in El Paso and Detroit on .
Special screenings include Jacksonville, Austin, Dallas, Honolulu, Lubbock, Baton Rouge, Sioux Falls, Oklahoma City, Tucson, Durham and Stamford throughout March and April."