Vanilla Sky

Vanilla Sky

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Director: Cameron Crowe

Cast: Cameron Crowe, Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz

     
 

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Tom Cruise stars in director Cameron Crowe's complex thriller Vanilla Sky. Presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, Paramount's work on this picture is stunningly good. With dark black levels and solid colors, this transfer includes nary a hint of edge enhancement, grain, or any other imperfection that might otherwise mar the image. The audio isSee more details below

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Tom Cruise stars in director Cameron Crowe's complex thriller Vanilla Sky. Presented in a 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer, Paramount's work on this picture is stunningly good. With dark black levels and solid colors, this transfer includes nary a hint of edge enhancement, grain, or any other imperfection that might otherwise mar the image. The audio is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround in English, as well as Dolby 2.0 Surround in English and French. The 5.1 mix is very aggressive and full, utilizing rear and front surrounds generously (especially with the use of modern rock songs in the background). Also included on this disc are English subtitles. The extra features for Vanilla Sky are plentiful and exciting, starting with a commentary track by Crowe and his wife, composer Nancy Wilson of the rock group Heart. Both participants are very chatty and even get a chance to do a brief interview with Cruise. Two featurettes, "Prelude to a Dream" and "Hitting It Hard," each include interviews with the cast and crew as well as some extensive behind-the-scenes footage from the film and the overseas premiere. Finally, there is also a brief interview with Paul McCartney, a music video by Leftfield and Afrika Bambaataa, an unreleased teaser trailer, a theatrical trailer, and a photo gallery with an introduction by photographer Neal Preston.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Ed Hulse
Audacious, dazzling, and even surrealistic, Vanilla Sky begins as a rather conventional erotic thriller but in fairly short order becomes something unclassifiable -- which probably explains the allure of this hypnotically compelling film. And talk about perfect casting: Tom Cruise plays a rich, handsome, self-assured publishing executive as though he were to the manor born, blithely dismissing underlings hither and yon while romancing leggy seductress Cameron Diaz. He’s a guy who has it all, knows it, and enjoys it. Then along comes Penelope Cruz, the winsome Spanish beauty who sweeps him off his feet and sends Diaz into a murderous rage that results in grotesque disfigurement for the pretty-boy publisher. The Cruise character goes into a tailspin, but for us to reveal more would be doing a grave disservice to director Cameron Crowe (Almost Famous), whose imaginative treatment makes Vanilla Sky virtually unique among mainstream Hollywood movies. Inspired by Open Your Eyes, the 1998 art-house hit from Spain (which featured Cruz in the same role) Vanilla Sky is a cinematically ambitious magic-carpet ride that besieges the senses with amazing sights and sounds. The narrative just barely restrains Crowe's creative flights of fancy; indeed, at times the story line seems obtrusive or irrelevant. But the Cruise-Cruz chemistry is palpable, and the presence of these luminous stars helps to bring Crowe’s Sky down to earth, where it can be appreciated. The director supplies a thoughtful commentary for the DVD, which also includes an in-depth conversation with Cruise, two behind-the-scenes documentaries (Prelude to a Dream and Hitting It Hard), assorted bloopers, and an interview with Paul McCartney, whose music is prominently featured in the film.
All Movie Guide
In the same year as Steven Spielberg's love-it-or-hate-it A.I., Cameron Crowe also polarized audiences with this thought-provoking, frustrating, and above-all ambitious mosaic on the states of being and perception. Vanilla Sky is one of those cinematic pretzels that ties a critic into knots, because the torrent of deconstructive theorizing it encourages would reveal key surprises. What can be divulged is that Crowe departs, for the first time in his career, from the realistic, sentimental storytelling that has interested him, switching over to existentialism as easily as if he were David Lynch. The difference here is that Crowe holds himself accountable to providing answers -- something Lynch has considered beneath him. A script's worth of dreamy fragments and elliptical time lines resolve themselves in a manner that most viewers should grasp. Whether they will curse or cheer Crowe for what he decides to keep withheld is up to the individual. Tom Cruise's evident comfort working with his Jerry Maguire director results in a daring performance that can be as unsettling to watch as his most wrenching scenes in Born on the Fourth of July. Disfigured in an accident, his David Aames must interact with the world stripped of his beauty, left to contemplate the arrogant nonchalance with which he manhandled people. Penelope Cruz (who began dating Cruise during filming) continues making strides as an actress, and Cameron Diaz exudes an intense combination of sadness and rage that earned her a variety of acting citations. Whether viewers emerge feeling gypped or gripped, they're likely to carry Vanilla Sky around with them for awhile -- an increasingly rare attribute worth applauding.
New York Times - Stephen Holden
What carries the movie is Mr. Cruise's impeccable marathon-man star turn.
Chicago Sun-Times - Roger Ebert

There is wonderful chemistry of two quite different kinds between Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz on the one hand, and Cruise and Penelope Cruz on the other.

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Product Details

Release Date:
05/21/2002
UPC:
0097363393641
Original Release:
2001
Rating:
R
Source:
Paramount
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
2:15:00

Special Features

Commentary by director Cameron Crowe and composer Nancy Wilson, featuring a conversation with Tom Cruise; interview with Paul McCartney; two featurettes: Prelude To A Dream and Hitting It Hard; gag reel; music video "Afrika Shox" by Leftfield/Afrika Bambaataa; photo gallery with audio introduction by photographer Neal Preston; never-before-seen teaser trailer

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Cruise David Aames
Penélope Cruz Sofia Serrano
Cameron Diaz Julie Gianni
Jason Lee Brian Shelby
Kurt Russell McCabe
Noah Taylor Edmund Ventura
Timothy Spall Thomas Tipp
Tilda Swinton Rebecca Dearborn
Alicia Witt Libby
Johnny Galecki Peter Brown
Michael Shannon Aaron

Technical Credits
Cameron Crowe Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Tom Cruise Producer
Mateo Gil Screenwriter
Paul McCartney Songwriter
Nicotero Kurtzman & Berger EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Paula Wagner Producer
Nancy Wilson Score Composer

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Everything in Its Right Place [6:01]
2. All the Right Friends [5:22]
3. Defending the Kingdom [4:32]
4. My Favorite Things [1:02]
5. Keep on Pushin' [3:11]
6. Directions [2:56]
7. Her Apartment [1:15]
8. Solsbury Hill [3:23]
9. Last Goodbye [1:33]
10. Lifestyle Mishap [2:43]
11. Helpful Unit [3:25]
12. This Is Me Smiling [5:01]
13. Rez [5:58]
14. Sweetness Follows [1:20]
15. The Splice [5:01]
16. Dig Deep, David [3:45]
17. Fourth Time Around [5:15]
18. I Am Sofia [2:50]
19. Revolution of the Mind [3:09]
20. Problems? [4:10]
21. Can We Still Be Friends [1:48]
22. Opening Act [5:48]
23. The Healing Room [4:30]
24. Good Vibrations [3:34]
25. Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating in Space [2:21]
26. Morality as Home Entertainment [2:04]
27. I'll Find You Again [4:59]
28. Where Do I Begin [2:00]

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