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12:53 am: a scanner darkly
just found this trailer for A Scanner Darkly (a philip k dick adaption). been following the progress of this one for a while. shooting finished a couple of years ago, and you can see what they've been busy doing sensesince. very pretty rotoscoping indeed. really does look like sophisticated hyper-realistic graphic novel art come alive. which is a bit odd.

PKD adaptions are variable things: compare the big three of Blade Runner (classic), Total Recall (fun but ultimately brainless romp) and Minority Report (which i liked, but dust hasn't settled on yet), so we shall see if it is any good. it seems it will be pretty faithful, at least. released August 18th in the UK!



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Date:April 18th, 2006 06:03 am (UTC)
That's some very pretty rotoscoping indeed! Reminds me a little of what they used in "Waking life". You've got me looking forwards to this now too ^_^
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Date:April 18th, 2006 11:58 am (UTC)
Actually it's EXACTLY the same method used in Waking Life, and I think some of the same people to....
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Date:April 18th, 2006 12:15 pm (UTC)
Ahha, excellent! Explains why I thought one of the actors was the same :)
Date:April 18th, 2006 12:20 pm (UTC)
same director.
2 other philip k dick adaptations in the form of Screamers and Paycheck but these are all short stories except Blade runner and A Scanner Darkly so hardly taking on major adaptations so much as starters for a longer story.
Harrison Ford is the nearest they've got to casting a dick hero properly as they were usually 40+ with poor health and not hero material at all whereas all the rest cast have been square jawed and in good health to suit a market that generally wouldn't read Dick due to being too confusing and without coherent endings to his stories.
Total recall was an action film whereas we can remember it for you wholesale was a paranoia story probably more suited to say Hitchcock
Date:April 18th, 2006 06:56 am (UTC)
Blade Runner was sheer excellence.

I'll certainly check out this one though.

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Date:April 18th, 2006 09:32 am (UTC)
Blade Runner was above-average movie in its own right even if it was not a faithful adaptation of the "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep". Others, however, were basically chase-and-action movies where Dick's original ideas were little else than MacGuffins. So I am not optimistic.
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Date:April 18th, 2006 12:08 pm (UTC)
yeah i've been following the progress on this one for a bit too. scores highly on eye-candy and interesting cast, so I'm looking forward to it.
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