Sparkle Motion Lives: DONNIE DARKO Returns to Theaters


[All images courtesy Arrow Films]

Fifteen years after its original theatrical release, Donnie Darko returns to theaters this month in a new 4K restoration courtesy Arrow Films and Cartilage Films.

The anniversary re-release begins March 31 in New York, Los Angeles, Denver, Columbus, Pittsburg, Phoenix and San Francisco. Throughout March and April lucky moviegoers in Jacksonville, Austin, Dallas, Honolulu, Lubbock, Baton Rouge, Sioux Falls, Oklahoma City, Tucson, Durham and Stamford should keep an eye out for screenings.

Donnie Darko is often classified as science fiction, or horror, or scifi-horror. I’d place it alongside films like Pi (Darren Aronofsky 1998), Eraserhead (David Lynch 1977) and It Follows (David Robert Mitchell 2014). Like those fever dreams, Darko creates a weird, off kilter world that bears a surface resemblance to ours, but develops in to a new landscape, unique to itself.

“Sometimes I doubt your commitment to Sparkle Motion.”


“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, 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.”


Jake Gyllenhaal, Jenna Malone, and a rabbit named Frank watch a movie.

If you don’t happen to live in a city on the Donnie Darko 15th Anniversary 4K release schedule (sigh), let’s hope the good folks at Arrow have a 4K BluRay release in the works.



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