Dreamscape

Dreamscape

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Director: Joseph Ruben

Cast: Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer

     
 

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Joseph Ruben's sci-fi thriller gets the deluxe treatment with this release from Image. The anamorphic widescreen transfer faithfully reproduces the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo, and DTS 5.1. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions. Supplemental materials include an audio

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Joseph Ruben's sci-fi thriller gets the deluxe treatment with this release from Image. The anamorphic widescreen transfer faithfully reproduces the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.78:1. English soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo, and DTS 5.1. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions. Supplemental materials include an audio commentary by the producer, writer, and special effects artist, a behind-the-scenes section on the special effects, a test reel for the makeup, and a still-photo gallery. Fans of this cult favorite will greatly enjoy this release, and the extra features might just win some new converts.

Editorial Reviews

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This tidy little B-movie never fully capitalizes on the full potential of its novel premise but remains good fun in a "Saturday matinee" vein. The script is occasionally overwhelmed by its own ambition but moves fast enough to gloss over its weaker elements: the cold-war angle of the story hasn't dated well, and a subplot with a Stephen King-like horror novelist goes nowhere, but there's always an inventive nightmare scenario or a fun bit of action to keep things moving along past any bumps in the plot. Director Joseph Ruben wisely plays to the film's genre-based strengths, maintaining a taut pace and effectively using veteran actors like Christopher Plummer and Max Von Sydow to lend the film's conspiracy angle some dramatic weight. The film further benefits from some strong lead performances: Dennis Quaid uses his down to earth charm to make Alex Gardner a hero that is easy to relate to, and David Patrick Kelly is both scary and darkly witty as Gardner's eccentric (and psychotic) rival. Dreamscape's appeal is cemented by its creative dream sequences; the larger-scale special effects show their seams due to the low budget, but all the effects exhibit an expressionistic sense of imagination that makes them truly captivating (the most stunning is a train ride through a post-nuclear-war Washington). All in all, Dreamscape is a light but entertaining film that offers plenty of solid B-movie fun for genre enthusiasts.

Product Details

Release Date:
06/06/2000
UPC:
0014381674521
Original Release:
1984
Rating:
PG-13
Source:
Image Entertainment
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo, DTS 5.1-Channel Surround Sound]
Time:
1:40:00

Special Features

New Dolby Digital 5.1 and DTS 5.1 audio; Widescreen transfer, enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Audio commentary with producer Bruce Cohn Curtis, writer David Loughery and special effects artist Craig Reardon; Behind-the-scenes special effects makeup test reel and still gallery

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Dennis Quaid Alex Gardner
Max von Sydow Dr. Paul Novotny
Christopher Plummer Robert Blair
Eddie Albert The President
Kate Capshaw Jane de Vries
David Patrick Kelly Tommy Ray Glatman
Cory "Bumper" Yothers Actor
Andrew Boyer Webber's Brother
George Wendt Charlie Prince
Larry Gelman Mr. Webber
Peter Jason Babcock
Chris Mulkey Finch
Jana Taylor Mrs. Webber
Madison Mason Fred Schoenstein
Kendall Carly Browne Mrs. Matusik
Kate Charleson President's Daughter
Virginia Kiser President's Wife
Carl Strano Edward Simms
Brian Libby McClaren
Bob Terhune Dobbs
Fred M. Waugh Bill Hardy
Timothy Blake Mrs. Blair
Carey Fox Tech Aide
Marii Mak Tech Aide
Ben Kronen Train Conductor
John Malone Trolley Conductor
Betty Kean Grandma
Trent Dolan Desk Guard
George Caldwell Buddy's Father
Ernest Harada Gardener
Alan Buchdahl Track Announcer
Larry Cedar The Snakeman
Redmond Gleeson Snead

Technical Credits
Joseph Ruben Director,Screenwriter
Linda M. Bass Costumes/Costume Designer
Bruce Cohn Curtis Producer
Tom Curtis Executive Producer
Richard Halsey Editor
Maurice Jarre Score Composer
Peter Kuran Special Effects
David Loughery Original Story,Screenwriter
Craig Reardon Special Effects
Chuck Russell Producer,Screenwriter
Jeff Staggs Art Director
Richard Taylor Special Effects
Jerry Tokofsky Co-producer
Brian Tufano Cinematographer
Stanley R. Zupnik Executive Producer

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selection
1. Main Titles [2:50]
2. A Day at the Races [4:46]
3. Project Dreamscape [5:44]
4. Catching Up With the Past [4:57]
5. Convinced to Stay [6:01]
6. Meeting Tommy [1:46]
7. First Dreamlink [5:56]
8. Recurring Nightmare [5:57]
9. Strange Dreams [6:34]
10. Fighting Buddy's Nightmare [7:09]
11. Chance Encounter? [2:03]
12. Peeping Alex [4:46]
13. A Deadly Turn of Events [4:06]
14. Taking Charge [3:32]
15. Getting Too Close [4:55]
16. On the Run [3:36]
17. Discovering the Plan [6:15]
18. Stopping Tommy [10:27]
19. Taking Care of Bob [3:24]
20. End Credits [3:59]

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Dreamscape 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
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This is one of Dennis Quaid's best movies. Even though it is an old movie the special effects are excellenct. I like how the movie touches basis with reality.