Dragonfly

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Overview

Kevin Costner stars in the supernatural thriller Dragonfly. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, Universal has done a very presentable job at making sure this transfer is sharp, clean and nearly flawless. With deep dark black levels and a plethora of solid colors, the image for Dragonfly looks to be almost reference quality. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English and French, as well as DTS 5.1 in English. Both the DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 track include a wealth of directional effects ...
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Overview

Kevin Costner stars in the supernatural thriller Dragonfly. Presented in 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen, Universal has done a very presentable job at making sure this transfer is sharp, clean and nearly flawless. With deep dark black levels and a plethora of solid colors, the image for Dragonfly looks to be almost reference quality. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 in English and French, as well as DTS 5.1 in English. Both the DTS and Dolby Digital 5.1 track include a wealth of directional effects and lots of spooky background ambiance noise. Each track is clear of any hiss or distortion that might otherwise mar the mix. Also included on this disc are English and French subtitles. Dragonfly features a number of extra features, starting with a commentary track by director Tom Shadyac. Affable and entertaining, Shadyac comes off as a very likable fellow with a lot of stories to share from the production and shoot. Next up is a 13-minute "Spotlight On Location" featurette which is fairly fluffy fare. This piece includes interviews with star Costner, director Shadyac, producer Mark Johnson and more pontificating on the film and what it took to bring it to the screen. 11 minutes worth of deleted scenes are included, though they are in rough form and don't add up to very much. Finally there is an interview with author Betty Eadie (who had a near-death experience herself), some production notes, cast and crew info, and a few promotions for other Universal movies.
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Special Features

Closed Caption; Deleted scenes; The making of "Dragonfly"; Commentary with director Tom Shadyac; Cast and filmmaker bios; Production notes; Best-selling author Betty Eadie on her near-death experience; Theatrical trailer; DVD-ROM
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Can our loved ones communicate with us from beyond the grave? That persistent, still unanswered question animates this engrossing Kevin Costner vehicle, which is part tear-jerking drama and part supernatural thriller. Working in an unfamiliar genre, director Tom Shadyac Patch Adams crafts a suitably eerie, somber film that recalls The Sixth Sense and The Mothman Prophecies. Costner plays Dr. Joe Darrow, whose lingering grief over his wife's untimely death has begun to affect the quality of his hospital work. Already unbalanced, Joe seems to go over the edge when several young patients, who've all had near-death experiences, convey to him cryptic messages that apparently originate from his dear, departed Emily. From this point on, Dragonfly focuses on its protagonist's efforts to decipher the messages and go where they lead him. Shadyac maintains a suspenseful air throughout, even when the plot calls for his viewers to be whisked, along with Joe Darrow, to a tropical Third World jungle where crucial information might be found. Costner handles his role with appropriate solemnity, and he's backed up by sterling performances from supporting players Joe Morton, Ron Rifkin, Kathy Bates, and Linda Hunt. Intense and unnerving, Dragonfly never resorts to cheap scares or clichéd situations. This avoidance of conventional thriller techniques makes the movie's supernatural aspects a lot easier for some to accept -- and a lot more difficult for others to dismiss. Shadyac provides a feature-length commentary for the DVD, which also sports a making-of featurette, deleted scenes, and a theatrical trailer.
All Movie Guide
In Dragonfly, Tom Shadyac stays in the medical milieu he first visited in Patch Adams, but instead of syrupy comedy, this time he's dosing out Sixth Sense-style chills. The director's genre shift from broad comedy to horror lite is comfortable enough, but don't expect to see this one ringing up the cash registers like his previous efforts. Despite a fine performance by Kevin Costner as the unraveling widower and a number of effective startle scares, Dragonfly must be seen as a very minor work, lacking in specific urgency. It is nice, though, to see Costner playing within himself, ditching the botched accents and period garb and being willing to go grumpy and temperamental. While Dragonfly has a reasonably unpredictable and fulfilling payoff, it takes a lot of interchangeable scenes of cancerous children acting as spooky mediums to get there. And, let's be honest, some of the startle scares are obvious retreads, like the lifeless hand springing awake to clutch the nearest arm. Shadyac may have closely followed M. Night Shyamalan's blueprint for postmodern spiritual horror, right down to having veteran cameraman Dean Semler emulate those bluish hues from The Sixth Sense. But the story of Joe and Emily Darrow is not quite involving enough, despite all those effortful scenes of supernatural symbolism. For the more sentimental viewers, the end will probably justify the means, but others may feel trifled with.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/30/2002
  • UPC: 025192197826
  • Original Release: 2002
  • Rating:

  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / DTS
  • Sound: DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround
  • Language: English, Español, Français
  • Time: 1:45:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 3,756

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Kevin Costner Dr. Joe Darrow
Kathy Bates
Kathryn Erbe
Joe Morton
Ron Rifkin
Linda Hunt Sister Madeline
Susanna Thompson
Matt Craven Erich
Paul Gutrecht Simon
Alison Lohman Megan
Jacob Vargas Pilot
Robert Bailey Jr. Jeffrey Reardon
Jacob Smith Ben
Jay Thomas Hal
Lisa Banes Flora
Technical Credits
Tom Shadyac Director, Producer
Gary Barber Producer
Roger Birnbaum Producer
Michael Bostick Executive Producer
James D. Brubaker Executive Producer
Brandon Camp Original Story, Screenwriter
Alan B. Curtiss Art Director, Associate Producer
Dee De Antonio Sound/Sound Designer
Linda de Scenna Production Designer
John Debney Score Composer
Mark Johnson Producer
Arlene Kehela Associate Producer
Jim Nedza Art Director
Judy Ruskin-Howell Costumes/Costume Designer
David Seltzer Screenwriter
Dean Semler Cinematographer
Mike Thompson Original Story, Screenwriter
Janet L. Wattles Associate Producer
Don Zimmerman Editor
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Losing Emily (Titles) [4:26]
2. Too Sharp an Edge [6:39]
3. Memories of Emily [4:54]
4. Dragonflies [4:49]
5. Jeffrey [4:08]
6. Inside the Rainbow [6:51]
7. The Grief Counselor [4:10]
8. Ben's Dream [6:50]
9. The Pictures [2:09]
10. A Presence in the Dark [6:03]
11. Sister Madeline [7:33]
12. Signs of Life [1:22]
13. She's Alive [3:48]
14. The Waterfall [7:32]
15. Venezuela [2:21]
16. The Graves [4:32]
17. The Path to Emily [4:04]
18. The Village [8:39]
19. Emily's Soul [3:27]
20. End Titles [4:16]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Scenes
   Bonus Materials
      Spotlight on Location
      Feature Commentary With Director Tom Shadyac
      Deleted Scenes
      Best Selling Author Betty Eadie and Her Near-Death Experience
      Theatrical Trailer
      Production Notes
      Cast & Filmmakers
         Kevin Costner
         Joe Morton
         Ron Rifkin
         Linda Hunt
         Kathy Bates
         Susanna Thompson
         Tom Shadyac
      Now Showing
         The Family Man: Sneak Peek
         Apollo 13: Sneak Peek
         Patch Adams: Sneak Peek
         K-Pax: Sneak Peek
      DVD-ROM Features
   Languages
      English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
      English (DTS 5.1)
      Français (Dolby Digital 5.1)
      Feature Commentary With Director Tom Shadyac
      Captions: English
      Captions: None
      Subtitles: Español
   Play
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Customer Reviews

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

    I Also Recommend:

    Dragonfly

    Dragonfly
    This was one of the best movies I've ever seen. Doctor Joe (Kevin Costner) loses his wife to an accident while she is on a medical mission in Venezuala. The atheist Doctor has a lot to learn from his deceased spouse who tries desperately to communicate to him from the spirit realm. There's something important that he must know about. Dragonfly is a suspense-thriller and its bombshell ending left me with a locked voice and balling like a baby.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A reviewer

    a amazing movie wow ! must see

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great Mystery!

    This was the mystery of all mysteries! Superb!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Wonderful

    Loved this movie. Wasn't sure what to expect from it, and was pleasantly surprised. The movie touched my heart and my soul. I highly recommend it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    ''Meet Emily in the Rainbow''

    ¿Meet Emily in the Rainbow¿ Doctors Joe (Kevin Costner) and Emily (Susanna Thompson) Darrow dreamed of curing the world¿s ills; but when an urgent call for aid in Venezuela comes through Joe doesn¿t believe it¿s feasible to respond particularly with Emily being pregnant. Emily disagrees and goes without him. Emily is killed during a landslide in the rainy season. Joe is devastated and throws himself into his work at the hospital where they¿d both been employed. Joe starts experiencing odd paranormal phenomena centered on his wife¿s favorite insect, the Dragonfly. He believes Emily may be trying to communicate with him. Friends tell him that he¿s delusional and that he just needs to grieve. While visiting the children¿s cancer ward where Emily worked, he receives messages from her conveyed to these children during near death experiences. They led him to return to the place of her death where her final gift to him awaits. Dragonfly was a realistic portrayal of the desperate measures, often found frightening by the living; restless spirits will take to get their message across. The only scene I had a problem with was Emily speaking through the organ donor; but still I won't rule the possibility out. Though the brain is gone that doesn¿t mean that another soul couldn¿t manipulate the vocal cords. It made for a scary scene.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    thought provoking

    this movie lulls you...then excites your imagination....in waves..... ..invokes your thought processes....and finally entertains you.... must be watched in entirety

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Gripping!

    When I got this DVD my husband groaned at the thought of a Kevin Costner movie. However, like me, he was gripped by the intrigue and tension of the story. Well worth watching.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Beautiful Movie

    This is an unexpectedly Beautiful movie, plain & simple. It gives so much hope. I highly recommend it.

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    Posted April 30, 2009

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    Posted September 26, 2010

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