Hearts in Atlantis [DVD] [2001]

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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Special Features

  • Feature-length audio commentary by director Scott Hicks
  • Scott Hicks interviews Anthony Hopkins
  • Stills gallery
  • Interactive menus
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Cast/filmmaker profiles
  • Scene access
  • Language and subtitles: English & Français (dubbed in Quebec)


Hearts in Atlantis
One of the short stories in a best-selling collection by author Stephen King becomes this mystery adapted for director Scott Hicks by screenwriter William Goldman, who previously transformed a King story into a box-office hit (Misery, 1990). In the summer of 1960, young Bobby Garfield (Anton Yelchin) is sharing adventures with his best friends Carol (Mika Boorem) and Sully (Will Rothhaar) when an enigmatic lodger named Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) rents a room in his family's boarding house. Bobby's self-absorbed, widowed mother Liz (Hope Davis) couldn't care less about her son, so Bobby, who is being tormented by local bullies, quickly befriends the otherworldly Ted, becoming his confidante, and reading the paper to him to save the aging man's failing eyesight. Soon, Bobby learns that Ted possesses supernatural gifts, has a haunted past, and is being pursued by sinister men whose intentions are unclear. Hearts in Atlantis co-stars David Morse, who appeared in the previous King adaptation The Green Mile (1999), as the adult Bobby. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Anthony Hopkins
    Anthony Hopkins - Ted Brautigan
  • Anton Yelchin
    Anton Yelchin - Bobby Garfield
  • Hope Davis
    Hope Davis - Liz Garfield
  • Mika Boorem
    Mika Boorem - Carol Gerber
  • David Morse
    David Morse - Adult Bobby Garfield

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