Here’s some great news for fans of Marc Singer’s awesome 2000 film Dark Days; 11 years after its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival (where it went on to win three of the festivals major awards), the film has now found a new home at Oscilloscope Laboratories. The boutique distribution company has announced that they’ll be re-releasing the film theatrically (which I believe kicked off on July 1st in New York City), followed by a repackaged 2 disc DVD release that’s packed with supplemental features.
For years, a homeless community took root in a train tunnel beneath New York City, braving dangerous conditions and perpetual night. DARK DAYS explores this surprisingly domestic subterranean world, unearthing a way of life unimaginable to those above. Through stories simultaneously heartbreaking, hilarious, intimate, and off the cuff, tunnel dwellers reveal their reasons for taking refuge and their struggle to survive underground.
Filmed in striking black and white with a crew comprised of the tunnel’s inhabitants and scored by legendary turntablist DJ Shadow (Endtroducing…), DARK DAYS remains a soulful and enduring document of life on the fringe.
The DVD edition of the film is set to hit stores on July 19th. You can pre-order the disc here or watch for it on the shelves of your favourite video outlet bargain place. Have a look at the sweet special features below and check out the trailer while you’re at it. God bless Oscilloscope!
Dark Days – all-new digital transfer from original 35 mm telecine
Audio commentary with director Marc Singer
English subtitles for the hearing impaired
The Making of Dark Days (2000) – interviews with Marc Singer, DJ Shadow, and others
The Tunnel Today – director Marc Singer revisits the tunnel in 2011
Fragile Dwelling – an all new photo essay featuring photographs by Margaret Morton
Dark Days Design – a look at the typography with title designer Jay Hillyer
Life After the Tunnel – an update on the characters
Introduction with former New York City Mayor David Dinkins and Q&A with Singer and Executive Director of the Coalition for the Homeless Mary E. Brosnahan at the Maysles Cinema in 2011
Original theatrical trailer
Deleted scenes with notes by Marc Singer
With an exclusive essay by film critic Kenneth Turan