What Dreams May Come [Special Edition] [DVD] [1998]

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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    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    93% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (38 out of 41)

    Special Features


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

    Synopsis


    What Dreams May Come
    Based on a metaphysical 1978 novel by science fiction and horror author Richard Matheson, this romantic fantasy-drama won an Oscar for its expensive and impressive visual vistas depicting an imaginative afterlife. Robin Williams stars as Chris Nielsen, a doctor who has suffered with his artist wife Annie (Annabella Sciorra) through the devastating loss of their children, Marie and Ian, who were killed in a car accident. Although Annie's all-consuming depression nearly destroyed their marriage, the couple rebuilt their relationship and are now living out a comfortable middle age. Stopping one night to help a motorist in a wreck, Chris is struck by a car and killed. At first confused about where he is, Chris meets Albert (Cuba Gooding Jr.), a spiritual guide who helps him to realize he's passed away and that he must move on to the next world. After trying with only limited success to communicate with the devastated Annie, Chris moves on and discovers an afterlife that can become whatever one envisions, where even his pet dog awaits him. What Chris envisions as paradise are the paintings of his wife, and he happily takes up residence there, awaiting the far-off day when Annie will eventually join him. He also meets his children, although they have chosen different appearances than the ones they had in life. Then tragedy strikes when Annie, inconsolable, commits suicide and goes to Hell. Although it is rarely done, Chris insists on traveling there, risking his eternal soul to save the woman he loves. Accompanied part of the way by Albert and a wizened guide called The Tracker (Max von Sydow), Chris finally reaches Annie in Hell, and must convince her of the truth in order to release her from her dark prison. ~ Karl Williams, Rovi

    Cast & Crew


    • Robin Williams
      Robin Williams - Chris Nielsen
    • Cuba Gooding, Jr.
      Cuba Gooding, Jr. - Albert
    • Annabella Sciorra
      Annabella Sciorra - Annie Nielsen
    • Max von Sydow
      Max von Sydow - The Tracker
    • Jessica Brooks Grant
      Jessica Brooks Grant - Marie Nielsen



    Customer rating

    4.4
    93%
    would recommend to a friend
    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

      Posted
      sam077
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      This is the touching story of a family that is torn apart by death and the attempts of the father/husband to put the family back together again in the afterlife. I'm not known for crying during movies, but I can't watch this movie without at least tearing up. It's so sad, and yet, so uplifting at the end. It deals with life and death, true love, the afterlife, and the true power that a loving family has. I've never read the book that this movie is based on, but I've read a synopis of it and they are WAY different. If you've read the book but haven't seen the movie, expect MAJOR changes in the movie. I highly recommend this movie to anyone with a loving family, anyone who has lost someone close to them, and anyone who loves sappy movies. I usually don't watch movies like this (I'm more of an action junkie), but this movie touched my heart in a way that no other movie ever has. This movie especially moved me because I lost my mother years ago and the pain is still fresh. I like to think that she is in her own version of Heaven and is happy. So buy the movie, and have lots of Kleenex at hand when you watch it. You'll need them....

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great film

      Posted
      slepin

      Robin Williams is one the best actors out there. He effortlessly combines humor with serious drama. It is always a challenge in the movie industry to display the supernatural without it seeming unrealistic or too fantasy oriented. What Dreams May Come does an excellent job in its portrayal of heaven and h---. Its landscapes are so immersing and imaginative that is hard to be constantly enthralled. The film combines the good with the bad and Williams starring role pays off.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

      Boring film, dated special effects

      Posted
      luxurytax
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I purchased this film for the award it received for its special effects, so basically for the eye-candy. I was sorely disappointed. The special effects seemed dated and not really that spectacular. The film itself was extremely boring, nonsensical, and I was never able to relate to anything the characters were going through at any point during the film. This was a disappointing watching experience and I do not recommend it for any reason.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie

      Posted
      mad10jen
      • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

      If you are a parent you need to buy this movie. It will have you crying from the very beginning. It is a great love story about soulmates. If you have not seen this movie add it to your collection especially for the price. Girls will definately love this movie. It looks and sounds amazing on blu-ray. Robin Williams is fantastic in this movie. It is a very emotional movie and good from start to finish.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great movie!

      Posted
      redandblack6s

      This is a fantastic film, my wife and I love it! Robin Williams is at his best. This film has wonderful dream-like imagery for which it won an award. (For once, a film won an award that deserved it!) This movie is very epic and very moving. I highly recommend it! Also, another great performance by Robin Williams, that won awards it deserved, was Goodwill Hunting.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Visually stunning, heart wrenching

      Posted
      JoeyW
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I first watched this movie when I was a kid in the movie theater, so many years later it is still one of my favorite films. It is truly something that touched me forever. With the recent passing of Robin Williams I decided to finally buy this, it is money well spent get it on blue ray without a doubt it's worth every penny.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Movie

      Posted
      mad10jen
      • Top 250 ContributorTop 250 Contributor

      If you are a parent you need to buy this movie. It will have you crying from the very beginning. It is a great love story about soulmates. If you have not seen this movie add it to your collection especially for the price. Girls will definately love this movie

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Best Purchase Ever

      Posted
      Kingi

      Robin William has truly out done himself in this movie. Known mainly for his comedy, he has shown a new side with his amazing performance in drama. The movie is dark and heartfelt and beautifully depicted.

      I would recommend this to a friend



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