Donnie Darko - Jake Gyllenhaal & Jena Malone star in Richard Kelly’s offbeat time-travelling movie

At the age of 26, writer-director Richard Kelly created an instant cult classic with his 2001 debut film Donnie Darko, a decidedly weird time-travel drama that puzzled viewers so much that many went back to see it again and again…

… and still came away scratching their heads over Kelly’s bizarre tale of a disturbed suburban teenager who has a visionary encounter with a giant rabbit named Frank who tells him that the world will end in 28 days, six hours, 42 minutes and 12 seconds.

Most filmmakers have to acquire the status of legends and wait years if not decades before they are granted the privilege of a director’s cut. Young whippersnapper Kelly was given the opportunity only two years after his movie’s original cinema release.

Unfortunately, his extended version diminished the film’s impact, spelling out things that were thrillingly enigmatic first time around.

The new Blu-ray release of Donnie Darko, however, happily contains both versions of the film (original cinema release and director’s cut), plus a raft of commentaries, cast and crew interviews and featurettes. And, in either cut, Jake Gyllenhaal‘s performance as the teenage hero remains as compelling as ever.

Released on Blu-ray on 19th July.