Donnie Darko: Anniversary Special Edition

Donnie Darko: Anniversary Special Edition

By Richard Kelly

  • Genre: Sci-Fi & Fantasy
  • Release Date: 2001-01-19
  • Advisory Rating: Unrated
  • Runtime: 1h 53min
  • Director: Richard Kelly
  • iTunes Price: USD 3.99
  • iTunes Rent Price: USD 2.99


Fifteen years before Stranger Things combined science-fiction, Spielberg-ian touches and 80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Richard Kelly set the template – and the high-water mark – with his debut feature, Donnie Darko. Initially beset with distribution problems, it would slowly find its audience and emerge as arguably the first cult classic of the new millennium. 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 in 28 days 06 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. Described by its director as “The Catcher in the Rye as told by Philip K. Dick”, Donnie Darko combines an eye-catching, eclectic cast – pre-stardom Jake and Maggie Gyllenhaal, heartthrob Patrick Swayze, former child star Drew Barrymore, Oscar nominees Mary McDonnell and Katherine Ross, and television favourite Noah Wyle – and an evocative soundtrack of 80s classics by Echo and the Bunnymen, Tears for Fears and Duran Duran. This brand-new 4K restoration, carried out exclusively for this release by Arrow Video, allows a modern classic to finally receive the home video treatment it deserves.



  • Start with the Original!

    By Trentgrem
    This film is a work of art.
  • Cult Classic

    By Vincent_Vega_junkie
    This is one of those movies that was/is so different from any like it ( similar to first 2 nonlinear Tarantino films) that it makes an indelible impression on you that lasts your entire life ( if your a film fanatic...& maybe even if you’re not). Early Jake Gyllenhaal is magnificent in this film as a jaded teenager who is able to see how things would be better if events occurred differently and must make a choice at the end that is heartbreaking.
  • Director's Cut is HD instead of 4k

    By JoeDreddfort
    I'm a huge Darko fan, but my favorite cut of the film is the Director's Cut, and given that this is a 4k release and the disc version includes a 4k version of the Director's Cut, you would likley think the itunes release would have it too, but it does not. That's really disappointing, especially since the HD version from previous releases (and the one included here) is barely above SD quality.
  • Stupid Stupid Stupid Movie!!!

    By mariomonrod
    Stupid Stupid Stupid Movie!!!
  • Boring movie

    By Pushba
    This is a very strange and boring movie. My sister said it was supposed to be good. The only good part of the movie is when it ended. I felt like I was in dentition watching this movie. I’d rather be stuck in traffic.
  • Trippy

    By Kuchimanko
    Watched it when I was a kid and it’s still good.
  • Overrated

    By Benvillars
    “Those who know that they are profound strive for clarity. Those who would like to seem profound to the crowd strive for obscurity. For the crowd believes that if it cannot see to the bottom of something then surely it must be profound.” Nietzsche
  • Subtitles

    By Mattyyyyy12893
    2 years and you haven't fixed the subtitles!!
  • Ahead of its time

    By Spkout2005
    What can be said of a movie such as this .. it does take a person of least 35 in my opinion to fully engage ans respect the time period hat the movie so graciously engrates you into it submerged with a superb soundtrack it’s a trip you won’t forget
  • Donnie Darko: Special Anniversary Edition

    By LightsWillGuide
    I have the currently available iOS 12.2 and in the description of what I am purchasing with this title they describe iTunes Extras of 6 hours including a q&a with Director Richard Kelly, a Director’s cut as well as a 4K remastered Theatrical Release. Why are The iTunes Extras unavailable to me? Is this happening to other people? As for the film this is among my top twenty must see films. But then again my favorite film above all others is Chris Marker’s Masterpiece “La Jetee” (1962). If you love Donnie Darko you owe it to yourself to see this film. It can be found in DVD format through The Criterion Collection. This you can probably get from your local public library. It is not feature length as it is 28 minutes long but it packs a great wallop non-the-less. If you ever get the chance to see it projected jump on the opportunity.