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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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


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

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