After years of head scratching and wild theories as to the deeper meanings of Darko's inner subtexts, Kelly released an extended Director's Cut of the film in 2005 replete with deleted scenes and inserts that helped to clarify some aspects, whilst making other plot threads only more complex. The newly released Blu-ray edition contains both versions of the film, allowing its audience to choose their own favourite flavour of confusion. Donnie Darko's director Richard Kelly has since moved on, proud of his debut's success yet eager to prove he is capable of much more. After the stumbling effort that was 2005's Southland Tales (understandably booed off after its Cannes debut), Kelly also directed The Box (2009), a Hitchcockian thriller based on the Richard Matheson short story Button Button, to improved (if muted) critical reception .
Whilst it's rare that a young filmmaker's flagship work is so lauded and embedded in the collective memory of a generation, such is the cult appeal that Donnie Darko has gained over the last nine years that its acknowledgement as both cinematic oddity and treasure is surely incontestable, as this new Blu-ray rerelease demonstrates.