Nowhere (Director's Cut)

83 mins.
Directed by Gregg Araki
NR
1997

NOWHERE's weblike narrative charts a day in the hilarious and tragic life of Dark Smith (James Duval), a gorgeous, alienated 18-year-old obsessed with the end of the world—and finding his one true and lasting love. The object of his affection, Mel (Rachel True), feels for him deeply but can't commit herself to any one person or gender, splitting her time between Dark and her curvaceous, acid-tongued girlfriend, Lucifer (Kathleen Robertson). Dark, meanwhile, becomes enthralled by the beauteous Montgomery (Nathan Bexton), literally a vision to behold beneath the golden California sun. 

The 4K restoration of Gregg Araki’s NOWHERE is a stylized foray into the nightmare world of adolescent highs and lows, and now, 27 years after its original release, feels like a study of an entire generation and the direction they’re headed.

NOWHERE features a who's who of '90s supporting cast, including Ryan Phillippe, Christina Applegate, Debi Mazar, Heather Graham, Guillermo Diaz, Denise Richards, Beverly D’Angelo, Shannen Doherty, and Tracy Lords. Restored and remastered here for the first time, Araki’s final version includes scenes omitted from the original release due to rating restrictions. Buckle up, remain seated, and enjoy the ultimate fast trip to oblivion.


“Due to circumstances beyond my control, NOWHERE was never properly distributed on DVD in the US - just VHS (!) and I guess, laserdisc (?!). So, for the past 20 or so years, every time I appeared for a panel or Q&A, fans have been asking if/when NOWHERE will get a proper release. Well, I’m thrilled to say that day is finally here!

Thanks to Marcus and Jon at Strand Releasing (who also did the recent DOOM GENERATION restoration), we’ve created a brand new 4K remaster of NOWHERE, color-timed from camera original 35mm negative at Roundabout Entertainment with totally remixed sound done at Monkeyland Audio.

In addition, we have also restored footage removed prior to the film’s original theatrical release. After NOWHERE’s world premiere at Sundance in 1997, the distributor and MPAA demanded we make cuts to ‘tone down’ several scenes or lose our R rating. This remastered edition marks the first time the original, uncensored Director’s Cut has been available since then.”

– Gregg Araki