What Dreams May Come (Blu-ray)

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Academy Award-winners Robin Williams and Cuba Gooding, Jr. embark on a supernatural journey beyond the realm of mortality in this visually stunning and unforgettable epic. After Chris Nielsen (Williams) dies in an accident, he tries to remain close to his beautiful mortal wife, Annie (Annabella Sciorra). With the friendly spirit (Gooding, Jr.) assigned to guide him, he begins to adapt to his new state of being in a setting that can only be described as heavenly. But when his distraught wife takes her own life, she is banished to an eternal damnation. Chris vows to find her so they can share eternity together, but no one has ever succeeded in rescuing a soul from such a horrific fate. With the help of his heavenly friends, Chris sets out on the most perilous and harrowing journey of his life, or afterlife: a quest for everlasting love that will take him to hell and back!

Specifications

Studio Universal
SKU 219715082
UPC 025192084669
UPC 14 00025192084669
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Rating Rating
Keywords
Afterlife
Family (General)
Fantasy
Heaven
Hell
Romance
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note Four years after the tragic death of their children in a car accident, Dr. Chris Nielsen (Robin Williams) is estranged from his wife, Annie (Annabella Sciora), a painter who finds solace in deep and mystical expressionist landscapes. When flustered Annie calls him for support, he rushes out to help and is killed in a road accident. His ghost is greeted by an old mentor, Albert (Cuba Gooding Jr.), who leads him in Ghost-of-Christmas-Past-style to Annie's side. But when Chris realizes that his adherence to the corporeal world is torture to himself and the living Annie, he breaks free of his Earthly bonds and dives into the visual smorgasbord that is the afterlife. There he splashes though clouds and gobs of technicolor paint in breathtaking landscapes suggested to him by Annie's paintings. From there, to grandiose Romanesque cities of flying children, Chris and his old dog are met by a gorgeous stewardess, who reveals herself as a nearly forgotten face from his past. As Chris reconciles with his children in a world where imagination is his palette, in the real world Annie becomes sicker and sicker, and finally enters the afterlife herself. Due to the myriad rules of the Other Side, she is unable to join Chris or her children, and Chris begins a fight for his future with his soul mate.
Reviews
Rolling Stone "...Dazzling visuals..." 10/28/1998 p.80
Entertainment Weekly "...WHAT DREAMS MAY COME may be the closest that American movies have come to the somber grandiloquence of Krysztof Kieslowski's BLUE..." 10/09/1998 pp.50-54
New York Times "...One of the most elaborate metaphysical love stories ever tackled by Hollywood..." 10/07/1998 p.E10
Box Office "...Williams plays the heartstrings like a maestro, as he did so well in such films as GOOD WILL HUNTING and THE FISHER KING..." 12/01/1998 p.49
Directors
Vincent Ward
Actors
Cuba Gooding
Robin Williams
Cast & Crew
Max Von Sydow - Star
Cuba Gooding Jr. - Star
Robin Williams - Star
Annabella Sciorra - Star
Rosalind Chao - Star
Tom Voth - Art Director
Richard Matheson - Source Writer
Maysie Hoy - Editor
Yvonne Blake - Costume Designer
Eduardo Serra - Director of Photography
Joel Hynek - Visual Effects Supervisor
Ronald Bass - Screenwriter
Michael Kamen - Composer
David Brenner - Editor
Roy Arbogast - Special Effects
Eugenio Zanetti - Production Designer
Vincent Ward - Director
Technical Info
Original Release Date 1998
UPC 00025192084669
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 94 minutes
Color Color
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  2.35:1
Awards
Name Joel Hynek
Award Category Best Special Visual Effects
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1999
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Stuart Robertson
Award Category Best Special Visual Effects
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1999
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Nicholas Brooks
Award Category Best Special Visual Effects
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1999
Award Giver Academy Awards
Name Kevin Mack
Award Category Best Special Visual Effects
Award Status Winner
Award Year 1999
Award Giver Academy Awards
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 2.35:1
Product Attributes
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Nathan Rabin, The Onion A.V. Club ...a powerful, affecting piece of filmmaking.
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times So breathtaking, so beautiful, so bold in its imagination...

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