What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come

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Director: Vincent Ward

Cast: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra

     
 

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Follow a distraught husband on a harrowing journey through the depths of hell as he attempts to rescue his wife from eternal damnation in director Vincent Ward's visually stunning adaptation of Richard Matheson's heartbreaking and surreal tale of devotion -- coming to DVD in this feature-packed Special Edition release from PolyGram Entertainment. The feature is… See more details below

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Follow a distraught husband on a harrowing journey through the depths of hell as he attempts to rescue his wife from eternal damnation in director Vincent Ward's visually stunning adaptation of Richard Matheson's heartbreaking and surreal tale of devotion -- coming to DVD in this feature-packed Special Edition release from PolyGram Entertainment. The feature is presented in 2.35:1 widescreen and accompanied by a selection of either closed-captioned English Dolby Digital 5.1 or Surround with optional Spanish and French subtitles. Extra features include a director's audio commentary track, a visual effects featurette, a making-of featurette, an alternate ending, a photo gallery, cast and crew biographies and filmographies, production information, theatrical trailers, and DVD-ROM content.

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The Vincent Ward-directed What Dreams May Come had the misfortune of arriving just as public tolerance for Robin Williams in sentimental roles was waning dramatically. Though the much-seen Patch Adams was still to come,Dreams doubtlessly suffered from the rejection of those already burned by Fathers' Day, Jack, and their ilk -- which is too bad. Though the film treads the dangerous line between spirituality and kitsch, its deeply imaginative vision of the afterlife is both memorable -- especially the production design -- and moving. In many ways, it's a triumph of low expectations. Williams, Sciorra, and Gooding all turn in affecting performances. Similarly, screenwriter Ronald Bass may seem like the wrong person to tame the New Age qualities of Richard Matheson's story but, like the work of Krystof Kieslowski (if not quite in the same league) and the film The Sixth Sense, Ward proves that bad metaphysics can be converted into highly effective metaphors. Though not without its excesses, any film that can get away with scenes of a despondent Williams wandering paradise with his beloved pooch demonstrates an admirable ability to succeed on its own unique terms. Look fast for Werner Herzog as one of Hell's lost souls.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2003
UPC:
0025192267826
Original Release:
1998
Rating:
PG13
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:54:00
Sales rank:
3,016

Special Features

Closed Caption; Dual interactive menu screens; Director's commentary; About the visual effects; Making-of featurette; Alternate ending ; Photo gallery ; Cast & crew; Biographies and filmographies ; Production information; Theatrical trailers; DVD-ROM features include Windows 95/98 wallpaper and Macintosh destop images

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Robin Williams Chris Nielsen
Cuba Gooding Albert
Annabella Sciorra Annie Nielsen
Max von Sydow The Tracker
Jessica Brooks Grant Marie Nielsen
Josh Paddock Ian Nielsen
Rosalind Chao Leona

Technical Credits
Vincent Ward Director
POP Animation Special Effects
Barnet Bain Producer
Ronald Bass Executive Producer,Screenwriter
Yvonne Blake Costumes/Costume Designer
Alan C. Blomquist Co-producer
David Brenner Editor
Cindy Carr Set Decoration/Design
Digital Domain Special Effects
Stephen P. Dunn Asst. Director
Ted Field Executive Producer
P.O.P. Film Special Effects
Masters FX Makeup Special Effects
Maysie Hoy Editor
Erica Huggins Executive Producer
Michael Kamen Score Composer
Erin Kemp Set Decoration/Design
David Kneupper Sound Editor
Scott Kroopf Executive Producer
Aric Lasher Set Decoration/Design
Heidi Levitt Casting
Alicia MacCarone Set Decoration/Design
Stuart Robertson Special Effects Supervisor
Eduardo Serra Cinematographer
Stephen Simon Producer
Ellen M. Somers Special Effects Supervisor
Nelson Stoll Sound/Sound Designer
Jake Strelow Set Decoration/Design
Peter Michael Sullivan Sound Editor
Dawn Swiderski Set Decoration/Design
Tomas Voth Art Director
Christian Wintter Art Director
Eugenio Zanetti Production Designer
Richard Matheson Source Author

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Love at First Sight
2. Shattered Dreams
3. Working Together
4. Angry With Death
5. I Still Exist
6. Painting Your Own Surroundings
7. Soul Mates
8. Finding an Old Friend
9. Annie's Conclusion
10. The Tracker
11. The Road to Hell
12. The Truth About Albert
13. Angel Falls
14. Who We Really Are to Each Other
15. Annie's Nightmare
16. Double D
17. Sometimes When You Lose, You Win
18. A Second Chance
19. Closing Credits

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