What Dreams May Come

What Dreams May Come

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Director: Vincent Ward, Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra

Cast: Vincent Ward, 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

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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:
10,685

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

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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What Dreams May Come 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 34 reviews.
winterrain More than 1 year ago
The amazing special effects, the heart felt story line, and acting in this movie, make this my favorite movie of all time. this movie also opened me up to a new way of thinking about the after life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This film had so many mixed reviews I was not sure what I might think when I did get to watch. I happened to like the story and the film very much.
No matter what theory you might have about life after death, this story is a work of art. The visual effects alone struck emotions that other films could not, and these visual effects mixed with the story line formed an absolute masterpiece.
The film can be appreciated for its beauty, melancholy, attempt to interpret intense love, and its surreal visual effects.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What Dreams May Come is one of the Best movies I have ever seen. Robin Williams made you feel the love for his wife and family and all that you will do to be with the ones you have love and lost.
Guest More than 1 year ago
While a world without tragedy may be desirable for us mortals, it is unfortunately not in our fate. Sometimes everyday people with normal lives are thrust into calamity. And sometimes that calamity is so devastating, our faith and happiness are quickly smeared into mud. If anyone can imagine their child dying in a gory accident, they still cannot imagine the internal agony that would follow. Now double that tragedy. Triple that tragedy, and you have the basis for a heart-gripping and believable tale. The character, Annie, understandably, cannot easily recover from her loss and withdraws psychologically. As an artist, she is more prone to an emotional perception of her environment. While her painting has in good times expressed her joy, in controls her brushes also in the bad times. The theme of artist palette becomes an underpainting to the visual renderings of the film. Her pain en velops her, and she commits suicide. The movie follows this dark course, but delivers a twist. It offers hope. While delivering the audience through a powerful action-filled experience into the afterlife, it is laced with an encryption of spiritual enlightenment. Chris¿s journey to rescue his soulmate Annie is a moving decline through graphic levels of hell. As he struggles through fallen souls and wrecked landscapes, his appreciation of the gift of inner life becomes more apparent. Although most traditional religious thought is unclear in their written doctrines on suicide, leaving the outcome of suicide victims open to mortal pessimists, this story offers a brighter take. In this new view, the audience is able to transcend the judgements of theorists, and discover an afterlife that is as mutable as oil colors on a plate of glass. A beautiful rendition. Only in discovering who we are, and why we are where we are, are we finally able to attain the heavenlike destiny that God has set aside for us. Perhaps in the real afterlife we are not saturated with doctrination and separated by denomination. Hopefully we humans are finally able to set aside our prejudices of religious zealism and ignorance that so seperates us here. Wishfully, we will discover a world that is how God intented, a world like we can imagine in this visual movie. Without revealing too much of the ending, believe that this story will lift you in the end, and give you dreams as vivid as rainbows. Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A Coil of Hope, in color, November 30, 2003 Reviewer: snowphish1 (see more about me) from Earth While a world without tragedy may be desirable for us mortals, it is unfortunately not in our fate. Sometimes everyday people with normal lives are thrust into calamity. And sometimes that calamity is so devastating, our faith and happiness are quickly smeared into mud. If anyone can imagine their child dying in a gory accident, they still cannot imagine the internal agony that would follow. Now double that tragedy. Triple that tragedy, and you have the basis for a heart-gripping and believable tale. The character, Annie, understandably, cannot easily recover from her loss and withdraws psychologically. As an artist, she is more prone to an emotional perception of her environment. While her painting has in good times expressed her joy, it controls her brushes also in the bad times. The theme of artist palette becomes an underpainting to the visual renderings of the film. Her pain envelops her, and she commits suicide. The movie follows this dark course, but delivers a twist. It offers hope. While delivering the audience through a powerful action-filled experience into the afterlife, it is laced with an encryption of spiritual enlightenment. Chris's journey to rescue his soulmate Annie is a moving decline through graphic levels of hell. As he struggles through fallen souls and wrecked landscapes, his appreciation of the gift of inner life becomes more apparent. Although most traditional religious thought is unclear in their written doctrines on suicide, leaving the outcome of suicide victims open to mortal pessimists, this story offers a brighter take. In this new view, the audience is able to transcend the judgements of theorists, and discover an afterlife that is as mutable as oil colors on a plate of glass. A beautiful rendition. Only in discovering who we are, and why we are where we are, are we finally able to attain the heavenlike destiny that God has set aside for us. Perhaps in the real afterlife we are not saturated with doctrination and separated by denomination. Hopefully we humans are finally able to set aside our prejudices of religious zealism and ignorance that so seperates us here. Wishfully, we will discover a world that is how God intented, a world like we can imagine in this visual movie. Without revealing too much of the ending, believe that this story will lift you in the end, and give you dreams as vivid as rainbows. Enjoy.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This has to be one of the best movies ever created! This also was the first movie I cried through. After watching this, I have a total new take on life. The plot of the movie was excellent along with the effects and characters. I recommend this video to anyone who is lost in life and needs help.
Guest More than 1 year ago
What Dreams May Come is a fantastic movie that should definately be watched with family! I love how heaven is portrayed as a place where you feel at peace, and how hell is portrayed as a place where souls wander forever. This movie is very suspensful as well as a tear-jerker. Never before have I watched a movie and actually stayed until the ending. This movie is great. I recommend it to anyone who needs a good cry! ENJOY!
Heavy_Metal_Sushi More than 1 year ago
I have always really liked Robin Williams, ever since I was a kid, when I saw him in both Hook Mrs. Doubtfire, and Jack. I'm sure we all remember those ones. Ever since, I have seen a lot of his movies, such as Awakengings, Flubber, etc...but there are still some that I hadn't gotten around to seeing, including this one. I was finally at this pawn shop the other day and found a copy of this for $2, so I went ahead and bought it. I had always heard how good this movie was, and was glad to finally have an opportunity to watch it. I watched it the very next time I had a chance to watch something, and I loved it! It was an amazing movie! All of the actors did a great job in it, and it was indeed very visually stunning in some parts. This does, in no way, quite do justice to what I am still thinking that heaven will look like, but for what was humanly possible to portray, they did a great job. Also, I don't believe that once you're in hell, you can be pulled from it, unless the divine decided upon it, but in any case, my opinion aside, this movie was still very well made and very powerful & emotional, and there is stuff to be learned from it none the less. I would definitely recommend giving this one a watch, or even just buying it, if you have never seen it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a mind expanding story of a soul's travel through shared visions and realities. If I were a movie maker, this is the movie I would have liked to have made. The story is based on a vast body of metaphysical NON-fiction and actually only hints at the nature of reality beneath the surface of the characters' experiences. (See the book by the same name for a bibliography.) Chris, the central character, demonstrates the highest goal of a human being, true selfless love, as he makes the Christ-like decision to enter into an almost inescapable vision of hell to save another. The movie has a wonderful story and a wonderful vision, itself, which may be difficult for some people to share. Therefore I give it my highest recommendation, but only to people of an open-minded and inquisitive nature. Others may find it too much to swallow.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I love this story. It gives me hope that my husband and I will be reunited in the after-whatever. That true love is strong enough to conquer everything.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is all time favorite movie in the world. This movie touched my soul and stayed in my heart. This movie put into to action what I always thought about love and death. That even after death, true/real love doesn't die. This movie is beautiful.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie is phenomenal...I love the whole concept of the man having to travel through Heaven to figue things out and find his children...and when his wife commits suicide, travels through Hell to bring her back. Robin Williams outshines once again in an unforgettable and brilliant perfomance and everyone fills their roles perfectly. This is a fabulous movie - great to watch with a loved one or by yourself. One of my personal favorites.
Guest More than 1 year ago
The most stupendous film ever.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had this movie recommended to me after the loss of my sister (to a drunk driver). I can not stress enough the hope and tears it has allowed me to ramble through. I see life differently and I accept death differently. It is the string that allows me to keep on the adventure here as I long to be with those who have gone before me. I make this movie my Valentine's Day ritual for I have lost my borther, my brother-in-law, my sister and the one I love. This movie helps me with those losses in the hope that it is close to the truth. It certainly is the truth I want to believe. Watch it, you won't be sorry.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing movie. I highly recommend it. Several of my male friends said that they had trouble following the story. It did frequently shift in time. By that I mean that the movie showed segments of the main characters' lives together - but not in order by time. If you want to see a movie that is beautiful visually and shows a metaphysical interpretation of the Afterlife, this movie is for you. It also deals with the subject of depression, so you experience both happiness and sadness while viewing the movie. Robin Williams was absolutely fantastic as always. The other actors were also terrific. It gave me lots of things to muse about.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I recommend this movie for those who might have lost loved ones and wonder what might come after death. I've recently lost my father and I've just returned from a memorial for a man who died too soon from melanoma. I decided I wanted to see again the vision this movie provides of what may come after. For me it some things I've sensed at times in my life, and also read about. My wife and I have seen it several times, and it brings tears of emotion to both of us. It is also visually stunning and very well acted. I love the movie from start to finish, and recommend it to those who have lost a loved one.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is so moving. It is one of the best movies I have ever seen. Wonderful performances from wonderful actors. And the story! Very heart-warming. Vivid and powerful imagery. Highly recommended!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is not a gushy movie about finding and keeping the perfect love. It is a story about the pain of life and thoughts on what happens after death. The actors and directors have captured some of the most tender moments between the characters. It makes you wish that you could find this kind of depth of feeling in life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie has an incredible effect on people. If you are going thru a rough time this movie will not only save you but give you drive to continue. For anybody that gave up on true love ,a little more faith will come your way after this movie!!!! Enjoy!!!!
M32-b17 More than 1 year ago
I purchased this DVD AFTER I had watched it on TV; not because I agree with its Metaphysical aspects, or primarily because of the breathtaking Beauty of some of its scenes (which are balanced by equally despairing aspects), but because it HONORS the kind of unexpected glorious realization of a loving man and woman that they have become transformed into an entity of a loving singularity of One, from a sterile aloneness into a living, fertile, precious beyond self, beyond expectation, worth ANY price, to recapture that Wholeness, that Completion.
JosephNicholas More than 1 year ago
What Dreams May Come starring Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding Jr. is a visually stunning and breathtakingly emotional masterpiece! It is the story of a man's great love for his wife and his perilous journey from heaven to the gates of hell in his quest to rescue her from eternal damnation. The cherished moments of his life on earth with his family guide him along the way and serve as a reminder of how precious life is. It is ultimately about eternal and unconditional love and how such a love can inspire a person to achieve the seemingly impossible! It is a powerful, fantastic and wonderful film!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Ok, What can I say about this wonderful piece of art. This move moved me in ways I will never be able to explain. It gives you and total different outlook on life. Watch it and trust me!!!!!
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