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Vanilla Sky [DVD] [2002]

Tom Cruise , Penélope Cruz , Cameron Crowe    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell, Jason Lee
  • Directors: Cameron Crowe
  • Writers: Cameron Crowe, Alejandro Amenábar, Mateo Gil
  • Producers: Cameron Crowe, Bill Block, Danny Bramson, Donald J. Lee Jr.
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, Spanish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: 18 Nov 2002
  • Run Time: 136 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (70 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005U8P6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 12,113 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

The tale of a young New York City publishing magnate who finds himself on an unexpected roller-coaster ride of romance, comedy, susp icion, love, sex and dreams in a mind-bending search for his soul. The title song, "Vanilla Sky," was nominated for an Academy Aw ard for Best Music (Song).


Vanilla Sky reunites director Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire) with the swoonsome Tom Cruise; adds another sexy Cruz (Penélope) and Cameron Diaz for good measure; and delivers a wildly entertaining, bizarre venture into erotic science fiction. Adapted almost exactly from Spanish filmmaker Alejandro Amenábar's 1997 romantic thriller Open Your Eyes, the film follows David Aames (Cruise) as he falls from his graceful Manhattan perch of inordinate wealth, good looks and new-found love with Sofia (Cruz) because of severe facial disfigurement resulting from a car accident caused by a suicidal ex-lover (Diaz). Reduced to wearing a latex mask and spurned by his friends, what at first promises to be a conventional allegory of redemption via true love is turned on its head as Cruise's character only wins back his princess after a miracle of plastic surgery restores his former beauty. A series of plot twists follow, as waking life, technological advances and nightmares merge to dizzying effect, leaving David face to face with his own mortality. Despite a final conceit to some vague morality, the appeal of the film is the wonderfully callous message conveyed by the whole--money and physical beauty equal happiness and an unabashed vanity perfectly embodied by Cruise and Cruz. --Fionn Meade

On the DVD: Vanilla Sky's anamorphic 1.78:1 widescreen transfer is practically flawless with no visible pixilation, showing off John Toll's excellent cinematography. The audio is also exemplary, particularly with music tracks such as Radiohead's "Everything in Its Right Place". Cameron Crowe's commentary track is excellent and the other extra's consist of a couple of trailers, a stills gallery and an interview with Paul McCartney from Entertainment Tonight in regards to his Golden Globe-nominated song "Vanilla Sky". Two featurettes are included. In the first Crowe follows the surreal theme of the film. The second, "Prelude to a Dream", a "making-of" documentary, is conspicuous for it's lack of interviews or any real material about the making of the film. --Kristen Bowditch

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Sometimes a film comes along which doesn't quite add up and soon after watching it you hit the web looking for an explanation of the story and what really happened, even then it's not quite clear. Certainly a film that requires multiple viewings to get the most out of it.

**Spoiler Alert** (well even with the story explained you don't give much away)

Story wise we have Tom Cruise playing David Aames a thirty something rich and successful owner of a publishing company. Early on we see David in a cell with a mask on covering his face talking to psychologist Dr. Curtis McCabe (played by Kurt Russell). We get flashbacks to past events showing David and his fast paced care free love life with ex girlfriend "Julie" Gianni (Cameron Diaz) and his new love interest Sofia Serrano (Penélope Cruz)

When Julie hears about David's involvement with Sofia she crashes her car with David in it as a passenger, leaving him horribly disfigured and having to wear a mask.

Sounds simple enough to digest but things get a bit more "odd" as time moves on. David meets Sofia after the accident and starts to see her, she helps him come to terms with what has happened, physically and mentally. But on a night out David gets drunk and is left on the street where he sleeps until he wakes the next morning to see Sofia there again. After a while David gets his face repaired by some of the top plastic surgeons in medicine, but is experiencing strange thoughts and flashbacks. He sees an unusual man Edmund Ventura (Noah Taylor) who says strange things to him and he seems out of place with events.
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2.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Showers Approaching 17 Mar 2014
By Mario
In the end, for all the technological wizardry of 12 years ago, and the 'mind-blowing-style' editing and 'mystery', it's another one of those vacuous productions which are all about meaningful 'phrases' and a few homespun 'ideals' like 'the small things matter'; 'the next day is the first day of the rest of your life'; and 'don't be an arrogant love-rat as the chickens might come home to roost'. All of these 'philosophies' are certified to be followed by everyone responsible for the film no doubt. Next paragraph. The first lengthy half has a lot of product placement for top class dentistry so that you wonder why the four stars' mouths don't get cramp and get stuck in their respective grins. You will be sick of handsome (but really pretty weird looking aren't they?) 'A' list folk ogling one another every time they walk into a room or lie on a bed. (By the way Tom's squeaks a bit - how's that for the world's biggest playboy?) The next half seeks to 'explain it all'. Do we care? Probably the best bit is watching out for the allusions to films and songs and I suppose they're all justified in that they are in his 'cultural experience' so they get played on the soundtrack. But I reckon that any film which seems to put itself alongside Jules et Jim and other lasting cultural landmarks is setting itself up for a bit of a hubristic fall. It would be 'OK' if it weren't so self-important, but that's about it and I'm afraid none of the stars actually have star quality - but then who in film history could survive the director's order to smile very widely, snog annoyingly for tediously lengthy takes because the whole world thinks you are fantastic looking and we have to pad this out for what seems like hours.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Confused...Was it all a Dream? 9 Feb 2014
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I hate plots with flashbacks and this has lots it will leave you totally confused if you watch it to the end, you will need to draw your own conclusion.I made my own decison atfer the final Wake Up.If there is anyone out there who can really explain please do inform me,
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9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb film 20 July 2011
Being a guy im not usually into romantic films, but this one blew me away the first time I saw it, because of its arty and sci-fi aspect.
I also liked the Penelope Cruz love triangle which heiped me get into it and the story and characters are interesting.
The idea of being frozen and living through your dreams and imagination is quite unique, as in the future this could possibly happen.
Maybe the fact that I am an emotional person and who has an imaginative/creative side and love music,photography and art is another aspect that made me like this film alot.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Intriguing but rather an anti-climax 26 Sep 2003
By A Customer
This film is similar to Jacob's Ladder in the sense that bizarre things happen for which there is no explanation.
However, the conclusion seems unworthy to the build up. I'm unsure whether this is due to the way in which its handled or because its simply unbeleivable.
I wasn't left with a shiver down my spine as I was with Jacob's Ladder, more a feeling of 'what?!' But aside from the ending I have to admit I was not bored for the two hours, captivated rather. With stunning visuals, more than satisfactory acting, especially fron cruise, infact it was mainly his portrayal of the confused and bewildered David that kept me watching to the end despite thinking 'where's this going?'.
You should see this film, you may feel perplexed afterwards but probarbly watch it again sometime.
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Published 22 days ago by Sioned
5.0 out of 5 stars Watch this now
Brilliant plot, great cast, well acted, great backdrop! I put off watching this film for years, due to negative reviews, my mistake. Watch this now!!!!!!
Published 4 months ago by wiggy8128
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
I study Philosophy and was advised to watch this. With the philosophical mind set this film is incredible. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Joadz
5.0 out of 5 stars vanilla sky
Love this film, need to concentrate as you can easily get lost with the plot but the on screen rapport with tom and penelpope is amazing. One of my all time favourite films.
Published 17 months ago by omarellis
3.0 out of 5 stars Is the turkey in the oven?
Vanilla Sky is an absolutely brilliant movie. Why only three stars. It could be argued the movie Vanilla Sky lacks a coherent storyline /plot. Read more
Published on 12 Feb 2012 by Bren Ray Cyrus
4.0 out of 5 stars Good
Arrived promptly in very good condition - played fine - I know the film and I like it anyway, so no need to comment there.
Published on 16 Dec 2011 by Simon
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film
A very intelligent and unique film. I had to watch it a few times so be clear on the whole storyline though, but the more i watch it now the more i enjoy this film. Read more
Published on 16 Nov 2011 by Deborah
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing :)
One of if not the best film, i have ever seen.

So many things i connect with, directing, sound, video quality and acting all brilliant. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 2011 by Wayne Brooks
5.0 out of 5 stars THE VANILLA SKY
This film maybe odd and a bit confused but if you watch closely and really pay attention you wont get it. Read more
Published on 19 Feb 2011 by angelus041174
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