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Open Your Eyes [DVD]

Eduardo Noriega , Penélope Cruz , Alejandro Amenábar    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Eduardo Noriega, Penélope Cruz, Chete Lera, Fele Martínez
  • Directors: Alejandro Amenábar
  • Writers: Alejandro Amenábar, Mateo Gil
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Lions Gate Home Ent. UK Ltd
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Sep 2007
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000MQCUA0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,423 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A very handsome man finds the love of his life, but he suffers an accident and needs to have his face rebuilt by surgery after it is severely disfigured. Starring Penelope Cruz.


Open Your Eyes ("Abre Los Ojos") is a film that may give anyone who has seen Tom Cruise's Vanilla Sky (2001) déjà vu. Indeed, the Hollywood version is an inferior remake of this superb Spanish original. The plots of the two movies are virtually the same--Penelope Cruz even plays the same role in both--but here everything is done with rather more European subtlety and intelligence. It's also easy to see how the part of a good-looking urban playboy whose life is thrown into crisis must have appealed to Cruise, as Eduardo Noriega's star turn here seems a tailor-made template for the American superstar.

After a car accident, which leaves Noriega's character seriously disfigured, he finds himself in an almost literal nightmare charged with murder and beset by a memory so unreliable the very identity of the people around him shifts. Like the novels of Christopher Priest--particularly The Affirmation and The Glamour--this is a tale with strong science-fictional appeal, about the nature of personality, memory and identity. Powerfully written, scored and directed by Alejandro Amanabar (The Others), Open Your Eyes is a delirious, erotic and stylish thriller whose recursive ending provides its own sequel. It's the best head-trip this side of Memento and definitely not to be confused with Tom Cruise's similarly titled Eyes Wide Shut.

On the DVD: Open Your Eyes on DVD has no features of any kind, with the film presented in the original Spanish with large, easy-to-read yellow subtitles imposed directly onto the print itself and no option to turn them off. The sound is good, well-balanced stereo and the picture--presented non-anamorphically at 1.77:1--is clear, detailed and mostly lacking in grain. --Gary S Dalkin --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A film that keeps you guessing all the way 17 Sep 2008
I first saw this film many years ago at a Spanish film festival in Manchester and the two hours flew by.

I can't really give you the story in full as I am not one to spoil a film, however I can tell you while you watch this film you are constantly wondering which of the realities you are presented with is true, or if any of them are true.

The film centres on a rich kid played by Eduardo Noriega he is in prison and may or may not be horribly disfigured, has been accussed of murder of a woman but it is not fully clear which woman, it seems to switch between two women or is he just insane??? You decide.

The film does build to a great climax on the roof of a high building as the main character tries to piece everything together, having to risk his life to test what reality is.

I really enjoyed this ride. Some good acting in this film Eduardo Noriega is excellent and Penelope Cruz is good as she always is in the Spanish speaking films she does.

Well worth a look.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Toward the top of my list of all time greats 5 Feb 2010
By .Madox
Alejandro Amenabar has gone on to create great films like The Others and The Sea Inside but it will surely take a stroke of genius and some good fortune to make a film that is as dramatic, enthralling and brilliant as Abre Los Ojos. Its really quite hard to understand why Mr. Cruise though he might be able to upstage Eduardo Noriega in the role of Cesar or why he saw the need to do a remake? So that the Americans wouldn't need to read sub-titles and he could pull out a good performance based entirely on Noriega's one would presume.
Its a shame the remake was made and that more people seem to know the Vanilla Sky film than the far superior original. Open Your Eyes is full of wonderful performances from both cast and crew. Eduardo Noriega, Pénelope Cruz, Chete Lera, Fele Martinez, Najwa Nimri all give their characters exactly what was needed. There is no over acting but a realism and simplisity to the characters despite the unclarity of reality within the story. Very rarely do I see this in American cinema.
As for the crew, Amenábar had done a wonderful job, from writing this intricate script to the beautiful way its filmed. Hans Burman the Cinematographer has achieved a wonderful look for the film which uses light and darkness as implications of Cesar's state of mind and to hint at what is reality and what may not be.

I won't go into detailing the narrative as its more enjoyable for the viewer to watch this film with an open mind. The less you know the better. Sit down and let a great story unravel in front of you and In the same fashion of Amenabar's other films this is done at a steady pace, deliberately reeling you in, captivating you till it reaches its intense climax!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Better than "Vanilla Sky" 5 Dec 2005
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
"Open Your Eyes" is the Spanish language film that Hollywood remade a few years later into "Vanilla Sky" featuring Tom Cruise. The latter film is pretty much a direct remake, with the plot essentially the same and Penelope Cruz even reprises her role in "Open Your Eyes" as the delectable Sofia, the love interest of the Cesar (played by Eduardo Noriega), whose car crash and subsequent facial disfigurement precipitate a mental breakdown. "Open Your Eyes" is less flashy and noisy than "Vanilla Sky" and has a more authentic feel to it. It is essentially a science-fiction film, not unlike "The Matrix" in structure, although it does not reveal itself as such until towards the end of the film ."Open Your Eyes" uses confusing dream sequences and flashbacks until the viewer is left finding it difficult to distinguish between reality and fantasy, just like the main character in the film. The only part of "Open Your Eyes" which "Vanilla Sky" significantly improved upon was the quality of the make up used to create Cesar's facial disfigurement; at times it looked as if he was wearing two masks and this did detract a little from the quality of the film.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perchance to Dream.... 16 Feb 2003
By A Customer
This mesmerizing and origional Spanish film from director Alejandro Amenabar is about the life we dream of, and the life we're given, and the manner in which it is told is nothing short of brilliant.
Eduardo Noriega portrays a shallow bed hopping young man named Ceaser who has never given a second thought to real love until he falls for Sophia, who just happens to be the girl his best friend brings to his birthday party.
Penelope Cruz gives a sexy and luminous performance in her own language as the charming Sophia. Contrasting her is Najwa Nimri as the overtly sexual Nuria, the one night stand who has Ceaser's shallow number and refuses to just go away. She plays on his weaker personality by accusing him of being scared to take a ride with her for one last fling and the aftermath is a mind altering journey.
An apparently disfigured Ceaser finds himself in the criminal psychiatric ward after being accused of a murder he can't remember anything about. He tries to sort through his dreams, and possibly his memories, with the help of Antonio (Cheta Lera) and begins to slowly unravel what is real and what is imagined. To reveal more would ruin the journey for the viewer.
This film is a terrific thriller that ultimately becomes a heartfelt drama of what can happen when we put the emphasis on the shallow and realize the need for tenderness and love too late. The performances are solid, the fawn like grace of Cruz a standout, lifting this film far above its inferior American remake. The ending will linger with the viewer a long time.

This film is a fine argument for expanding your film library to include great foreign films such as this one. Pick this up as soon as you can.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Good movie.
Good, but I prefered Tom Cruise's version.
Published 9 days ago by Sam B
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great movie, great acting and full of surprises, this is the original movie of the remake vanilla sky.
Published 2 months ago by Avril Rickards
5.0 out of 5 stars dvd in good order. absorbing and interesting
dvd in good order. absorbing and interesting film
Published 3 months ago by joan connelly
5.0 out of 5 stars Tyro shows his chops.
I encountered this gem in the days when Channel 4 used to show amazing films in the small hours and from the moment we hear a voice intoning 'Open You Eyes' I was hooked. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. G. Morgan
5.0 out of 5 stars classic movie
Like a lot of classic movies that have had re-makes made of them, the original is the best version! Well worth watching.
Published 7 months ago by H. Watters
4.0 out of 5 stars Open your mind..!!
Open your eyes is the Euro movie on which Vanilla sky was based....A somewhat superior movie to Vanilla Sky whereby a young guy falls for his best friends new love interest... Read more
Published 8 months ago by Dazzler
5.0 out of 5 stars The original and best...
I have been a long term fan of vanilla sky, but when someone mentioned the original I was curious. All I can say really is vanilla sky is a virtual carbon copy of this movie. Read more
Published 11 months ago by P. Salmon
5.0 out of 5 stars Open You Eyes
Another classic from spanish cinematography. Excellent script, very good casting, both Eduardo Noriega from ETA-film El Lobo, and Penelope Cruz.
Published 12 months ago by Marko
4.0 out of 5 stars DVD
This was a dvd that was recommended and is a good watch. Better, in my opinion that the follow on copy of this movie (Vanilla Sky)
Published 21 months ago by r edmundson
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing even if you disliked Vanilla Sky
*Spoiler Free*

This film was remade in 2001 by Cameron Crowe, starred Tom Cruise and was renamed Vanilla Sky. Read more
Published 22 months ago by Mr Blonde
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