A Scanner Darkly

Over the weekend, on a whim, I picked up the Blu-Ray for A Scanner Darkly.

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I did this for two reasons: 1)it is based on the novel by the same name written by Phillip K. Dick who’s other works to film include Blade Runner, Total Recall, Minority Report, and Paycheck. All films I enjoy. 2) The visual style of the film looked interesting, the film was shot with normal methods, but then in a process that took 18months to complete, the entire film was given a rotoscoping treatment to give the look of animation. Here is an example of a before and after:

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I ended up enjoying the film so much, I went out and bought the book. I read that the book is far better than the film, so we shall see. While I was looking around the store, I ran across Fight Club by Chuck Palahniuk. I have always heard that this book was WAY better than the film and that the vision painted by the character Tyler is expanded on much more. Fight Club is easily one of my favorite movies, so I decided to grab the book as well. I just started reading it, and within the 1st few chapters I would say 75% of the quotes from the movie are already used. It’s getting good!

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2 comments so far

I watched Scanner when it came out. I thought it was awesome. Kinda tripped me out and in the end it had a great story line. I just want to know who it all turned out though.

Ham
February 9th, 2008 at 12:03 am

Chuck Palahniuks books are rad.
Scanner was a very visual intense movie, cool movie tho

Bruce
February 9th, 2008 at 11:49 am

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