Warner Home Video announced plans to release A Scanner Darkly on both HD DVD and Blue-ray Disc on April 10. These high-definition versions will include all bonus materials found on the standard definition release and will carry a suggested retail price of $28.99.
Based on the novel by famed science-fiction author Phillip K. Dick, A Scanner Darkly takes place seven years in the future as a new designer drug sweeps the nation and causes an epidemic of addiction. Keanu Reeves stars as Fred, a drug enforcement agent whose own use of Substance D has caused a split personality disorder. Half of the time, Fred thinks he’s Bob Arctor, one of the junkies occupying a suburban California home he’s been assigned to infiltrate. Robert Downey Jr. is Jim Barris, a fast-talking, paranoid member of Arctor’s motley crew of burnouts, filled out by Donna Hawthorne (Winona Ryder), Ernie Luckman (Woody Harrelson) and Charles Freck (Rory Cochrane).
The film is directed by Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Richard Linklater (Waking Life, Before Sunset), who used the same interpolated rotoscoping software Bob Sabiston developed to turn live-action video into animation for the 2001 cult favorite Waking Life. More information on A Scanner Darkly can be found at www.animationmagazine.net/article/5627.