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Opal Dream (2006)

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Format: DVD
Sku: 204033606
UPC: 025192668623
UPC 14: 00025192668623
Rating: Game Rating Code
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A Family Film from the Director of The Full Monty!
A young girl's relationship with her imaginary friends resonates throughout her town in the australian outback.

"An exceptional family film...  Kevin Thomas, Los Angeles Times
"A heartwarming family fable that parents and kids can enjoy.  V.A. Musetto, New York Post
"...quite touching, and it's a good choice for family viewing.  Walter Addiego, San Francisco Chronicle

Editor's Note
Life in the Australian Outback is interesting, especially for Kellyanne Williamson, a little girl with the good fortune of having two imaginary friends. Kellyanne has endured much teasing due to these figments of her mind, but when her friends go missing, the whole town bands together to find them.

Features

Video Features DVD, English, Spanish, French, Dolby, Dolby Digital (5.1)

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Universal
Video Release Date Release Date: 1/3/2010
Video Play Time Running Time: 86 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 2006
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 62026686
Video UPC UPC: 00025192668623
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Original Language Original Language: English
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
Video Color Spec Video: Color

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio Anamorphic Widescreen  1.85:1

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Christian Byers
Video Cast Info Jacqueline McKenzie
Video Cast Info Sapphire Boyce
Video Cast Info Vince Colosimo
Video Cast Info Ben Rice - Based On Novella By
Video Cast Info Christian Henson - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Dario Marianelli - Original Music By
Video Cast Info Elisa Argenzio - Producer
Video Cast Info Elizabeth Mary Moore - Production Designer
Video Cast Info Finola Dwyer - Executive Producer
Video Cast Info Jim Clark - Editor
Video Cast Info Nell Hanson - Art Director
Video Cast Info Peter Cattaneo - Director
Video Cast Info Peter Cattaneo - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Phil Traill - Screenplay
Video Cast Info Robert Humphreys - Cinematographer

Professional Reviews

Variety 7 of 10
From the first frames, when lollypops are offered to the camera, there's no escaping the saccharine miasma of whimsy enveloping Peter Cattaneo's "Opal Dream." Based on an acclaimed novella first published in Grantamagazine, the pic jettisons the story's adult flavor for a strictly cotton candy diet, investing its nine-year-old protag with a cutesy fantasy life that in the real world would be grounds for therapy...Where the "Pobby and Dingan" novella was much praised for its richly evoked landscape, Cattaneo and d.p. Robert Humphreys fail to make the eerie, semi-lunar terrain an ever-present character. Sound is occasionally positioned too far forward, and music, while generally avoiding violin swells, manages to make plucked guitars equally schmaltzy. - Jay Weissberg

Chicago Tribune 8 of 10
If transported to another setting, "Opal Dream" could easily be Southern Gothic, a family drama lush with eccentricity, offbeat humor, oddball whimsy and whispers of madness...But instead of the southern U.S., it is set and filmed in southern Australia, with a look and feel more reminiscent of a spaghetti western than early Truman Capote...It's a deliberately quirky film made more real by its frontier, desert-town atmosphere...There's a predictability and inevitable sweetness to the denouement, a familiar movie rallying cry for the unseen, the dreamer and the different drummer. But director Peter Cattaneo ("The Full Monty") also unfolds everything with a lean, crystalline detachment, supervising a cast who make the story human, believable, and moving..."Opal Dream" is a worthwhile family film, graced with an ambivalent, bittersweet ending and just the right touch of cinematic poetry turning on the gemstone in its title. - Sid Smith

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