It’s hard to remember when Richard Kelly’s Donnie Darko was not a cult favorite. The film, at the time of its release, was a quagmire for fans as a lot of people were talking about it, but actually seeing it was a whole other story. Thankfully, a home release quenched the thirst for it, but, personally, I think it was the director’s cut of the film that really nailed its cult status. Arrow Films has released information on a 4K restoration of the film as well as special screenings that will happen across the country to celebrate its 15th anniversary. Check out the press release, poster, and trailer below!
Press Release: Arrow Films has announced the March 31st domestic theatrical debut of the 4K restoration of Richard Kelly’s cult hit Donnie Darko. Following a wildly successful re-release in the UK for its fifteenth anniversary, the film will return to theaters in cities across the United States. Fifteen years before “Stranger Things” combined science-fiction, Spielberg-ian touches and 80s nostalgia to much acclaim, Kelly set the template and the benchmark 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. The 4K restoration of Donnie Darko will premiere at the Vista in Los Angeles on March 30th, and officially open in Los Angeles at the Cinefamily and in New York at Metrograph on March 31st.
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. The re-release opened nationwide in the UK on December 23rd, eventually grossing £70,000.
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