Hearts in Atlantis
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Hearts in Atlantis

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Director: Scott Hicks

Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Anton Yelchin, Hope Davis

     
 

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Hearts in Atlantis, another in a series of films adapted from Stephen King novels, makes a wonderful translation to DVD. The image, which is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and, as would be expected, is anamorphic, is sharp and duplicates the theatrical experience as close as a disc can get. Sound, with a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, is equally…  See more details below

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Hearts in Atlantis, another in a series of films adapted from Stephen King novels, makes a wonderful translation to DVD. The image, which is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, and, as would be expected, is anamorphic, is sharp and duplicates the theatrical experience as close as a disc can get. Sound, with a Dolby Digital 5.1 track, is equally impressive, even if it doesn't take advantage of the entire sound spectrum. Dialogue is clear and lacks any distortion, showing excellent audio mastering. The disc also features a soundtrack in French as well as subtitles in English and French. Though not really a special edition, this DVD does contain some fine supplemental materials. Of strong interest is a commentary track from soft spoken director Scott Hicks. He fills the time with valuable anecdotes that enhance the viewing of the film. Of great interest is a 30-minute interview with Anthony Hopkins. He is interviewed by Hicks and both have many insightful comments, not only about this film, but Hopkins' career and his acting style. Finally, there is a brief photo gallery and the theatrical trailer, making this a DVD that stands out in nearly every way.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble
One of 2001's most underrated movies, Hearts in Atlantis is a gentle, unassuming coming-of-age drama with a memorable star turn from the brilliant Anthony Hopkins. Adapted from a Stephen King novelette by Oscar-winning screenwriter William Goldman, Hearts unfolds mostly in flashback from the perspective of middle-aged Robert Garfield (played by David Morse), whose bittersweet return to his hometown brings back specific memories of his childhood. As a sensitive 11-year-old (Anton Yelchin), he had craved the affection of his bitter, emotionally distant mother, Elizabeth (Hope Davis), but settled instead for the adoration of his first love, beautiful classmate Carol Gerber (Mika Boorem). One fateful summer, their lives changed forever with the arrival at the Garfield home of new boarder Ted Brautigan (Hopkins), a mysterious loner whose dark secrets and cataleptic trances didn't prevent him from befriending Bobby at a crucial time. Goldman's screenplay omits the supernatural elements of King's tale and substitutes a more mundane, traditional menace; director Scott Hicks (Snow Falling on Cedars) further downplays this aspect of the story in favor of simple, straightforward, and occasionally heart-tugging drama. Hopkins dominates the film with his understated, pitch-perfect performance, conveying more with a raised eyebrow or a wistful sigh than most actors could with a whole page of dialogue. He's the glue that holds Hearts in Atlantis together, and that strong bond makes this unexpectedly tender movie one you absolutely should not miss. Hopkins joins Hicks in a filmed interview included on the DVD, which also offers a full-length commentary by the director, some theatrical trailers, and a photo gallery.
Washington Post
Hicks's film is magical, but its magic comes not from the inexplicable phenomena we most commonly associate with King, but from the charms of childhood. Michael O'Sullivan
Hollywood Reporter
Goldman's astute screenplay mirrors the way youthful recollections work. Kirk Honeycutt

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Product Details

Release Date:
02/12/2002
UPC:
0085392208128
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:41:00
Sales rank:
8,051

Special Features

Commentary by director Scott Hicks; interview with Anthony Hopkins conducted by Hicks; stills gallery; cast and filmmaker profiles; trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Hopkins Ted Brautigan
Anton Yelchin Bobby Garfield
Hope Davis Liz Garfield
Mika Boorem Carol Gerber
David Morse Adult Bobby Garfield
Alan Tudyk Monte Man
Tom Bower Len Files
Celia Weston Alana Files
Adam Le Fevre Donald Biderman
Will Rothhaar Sully-John
Timothy Reifsnyder Harry Doolin
Deirdre O'Connell Mrs. Gerber
Terry Beaver Mr. Oliver
Joe T. Blakenship Richie O'Rourke
Brett Fleisher Willie Shearman
Joel F. Haberli Sully's Dad
Evan Moses Sully's Little Brother
Joshua Billings Cabbie
Valerie Karasek Sully's Widow
Graham Bardsley Minister
Keith H. Beyer Soldier at Funeral
Robert V. Maine Soldier at Funeral
Sean Edwards Soldier at Funeral
Mickey Leon McBride Soldier at Funeral
Wes Johnson Sport Announcer

Technical Credits
Scott Hicks Director
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Mychael Danna Score Composer
Michael Flynn Executive Producer
William Goldman Screenwriter
Kerry Heysen Producer
Pip Karmel Editor
Barbara Ling Production Designer
Piotr Sobocinski Cinematographer
Julie Weiss Costumes/Costume Designer
Stephen King Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scenes
1. Delivery From the Past. [3:59]
2. Back Home. [3:04]
3. Happy Birthday. [4:06]
4. What All Kids Want. [4:22]
5. The Real Job. [6:11]
6. You Will Kiss Her. [2:53]
7. Nagurski's Comeback Game. [5:31]
8. Wrong Number. [:52]
9. Ted's Trance. [1:41]
10. The Monte Man. [4:32]
11. The Ferris Wheel. [4:41]
12. Like Atlantis. [1:58]
13. Weekend Plans. [2:16]
14. Doolin's Secret. [3:54]
15. Worried. [5:44]
16. Corner Pocket Discoveries. [2:42]
17. Low Men Approach. [3:40]
18. Winners and Losers. [2:05]
19. Ted's Burden. [3:09]
20. Unstoppable. [2:23]
21. Heart of a Lion. [4:08]
22. The Informer. [2:36]
23. Through the Window. [3:09]
24. Two Betrayals. [5:34]
25. Doolin Undone. [1:27]
26. Working on It. [1:09]
27. The Best We Can. [1:45]
28. Picture of Carol. [2:02]
29. Enduring Gift. [3:10]
30. Dedication and End Credits. [1:06]

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