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What Dreams May Come [DVD] [1998]


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  • Actors: Robin Williams, Cuba Gooding Jr., Annabella Sciorra, Max von Sydow, Jessica Brooks Grant
  • Directors: Vincent Ward
  • Writers: Ronald Bass, Richard Matheson
  • Producers: Alan C. Blomquist, Barnet Bain, Erica Huggins, Ronald Bass, Scott Kroopf
  • Format: Full Screen, PAL
  • Language: English, German
  • Subtitles: German, English
  • Dubbed: Italian, Castilian, English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: G (General Audience) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Universal Pictures UK
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov 1999
  • Run Time: 109 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004R7AG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 9,496 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Chris Neilson (Robin Williams) is robbed of his blissful life with his wife Annie (Annabella Sciorra) when he dies in a car crash. His ghost is allowed to keep in touch with Annie by residing in one of her paintings, but both parties remain frustrated by the mortal divide between them. When Annie kills herself, however, she is not allowed to join her husband, as all suicides go to hell. Chris determines to rescue his loved one from eternal damnation, enlisting the help of the Tracker (Max von Sydow) and Albert (Cuba Gooding Jr) to do so.

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Robin Williams and Annabella Sciorra star in this visually stunning metaphysical tale of life after death. Neurologist Chris and artist Annie had the perfect life until they lost their children in an auto accident; they're just starting to recover when Chris meets an untimely death himself. He's met by a messenger named Albert (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and taken to his own personal afterlife--a freshly drawn world reminiscent of Annie's own artwork, still dripping and wet with paint. Meanwhile a depressed Annie takes her own life, compelling Chris to traverse heaven and hell to save Annie from an eternity of despair.

The multitextured visuals seem to have been created from a lost fairy tale. Heaven recalls the landscape paintings of Thomas Cole and Renaissance architecture complete with floating cherubs, while hell is a massive shipwreck, an upside-down cathedral overgrown with thorns and a sea of groaning faces popping out of the ground (one of those faces is German director Werner Herzog). Williams is the perfect actor to play against the imaginative computer-generated imagery--he himself is a human special effect. But the lack of chemistry between Williams and Sciorra is painfully apparent, and the flashback plot structure flattens the story's impact despite its deeply felt examinations of the heart and the spirit. Still, there's no denying Eugenio Zanetti's triumphant production design and the Oscar-winning special effects, which create a fully formed universe that is at once beautiful, eerie, and a unique example of movie magic. --Shannon Gee


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25 of 25 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 18 Mar 2000
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I enjoyed this film not only for it's marvelous special effects but also for the deeply spirtual message conveyed by the plot. It manages to take influence from a wide range of religions and philosophies which gives it a sense of deeper meaning as it suggests what each of us would expect that religions and philosophy have only been glimpses of the truth rather than the whole truth. I found it very impressive that heaven was created by the persons thoughts. Some may misinterpret that people commiting suicide are sent to hell but this was no condemation but merely a result of the version of heaven created by the negative thinking of someone who has taken there own life. In effect the person condemming them was there self. This has strong parallels with real life because in effect each of us are creating our own heaven or hell by how we interpret our lives. It is amazing to see a film which has such depth and meaning to it in these days when special effects and action take precedence over interesting plots.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By C. Messenger on 13 Mar 2009
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I had actually read the book before watching this film, which was helpful as I was already aware of the story. Robin Williams, the main character, dies and does not realise at first that he is dead. He desperately wants to be able to speak to his wife, who is still alive. She later dies and they meet up in the afterlife. I found I enjoyed the book more as you had to use your own imagination, and sometimes the film did not match mine! However it is a beautiful film, very well acted. It is also a film which (if you enjoy the subject matter) you will want to watch again as first time round you might miss salient bits on first viewing.What Dreams May Come [DVD] [1998]
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23 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Ex Grex on 8 Aug 2010
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This film is one of my favourites, out of any I've yet seen.
Why so? Well, to begin with, it's visually a real masterpiece. If you're an artist, or just love beauty, you are very likely to be thrilled by the visuals, which are really very psychedelic!

One of the other reasons I love this film, (and often lend it out) is the central theme concerning life after death. I've worked with a lot of people who are feeling very suicidal, and for many long years have deeply studied the whole topic of life after death.
I've also had some very 'near misses' myself, and gained personal insights...

This film depicts the most 'realistic' appraisal of what heaven (and hell) is like, over and above any other cinematic representation I've yet seen, and so is effectively very 'educational' in that respect. By this I mean that 'hell', or 'Hades' isn't, --to the best of my knowledge-- as many religions indicate, a place of flames and heat, but more often a very chilly, foggy, very lonely sort of place, --more especially for those who've taken their own lives, or have lived very selfish, materialistic lives and / or done much harm to others.

In the same vein, 'Heaven', (aka: 'The Summerlands', the 'Astral Plane', the 'Subtle World' and etc) is well-depicted in this movie, -as being a place where all our thoughts and desires and creations are instantly made into form, -- and the place, or plane, is alive with transcendent colour, (and sounds) far richer and a hundred times more spectacular and breathtaking than anything possible on our much more mundane 'Earth plane'.

Another theme echoed in this film is the notion of: "Omnia vincit amor" (Love conquers all) so our hero (Robin Williams) is, in this movie (if not in any actuality?
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A. Hogg on 19 Jan 2003
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"if you've recently lost a loved one then you might want to stear clear" or something like that.
Well, i think casting Robin Williams in this film was a good idea because we understand what he is like as an actor and a person... funny, lively, crazy, smiley... but also soppy, romantic, sensitive, lovable and loving... a man who fights against his own self pity.
The whole point of HIS heaven being a world filled only with images of his (still living) wifes painting is that they were soulmates of the highest order.
The fact that his two guides in heaven are in fact his own dead children gives comfort or understanding to people who like to think that there is someone there to look after us and that we will be there to look after those who come after us. Of course after a film like this you can't help but turn your thoughts to those around you who are alive and with you now.

I recommend this highly to anyone who has lost a loved one... but i recommend watching it alone.

5 stars for bravery and effort!
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Farah Javed on 3 April 2000
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This film illustrates that a positive state of mind is actually heaven, wherever it is, and that negative thoughts bring about hell for oneself. It is a deeply moving tale and shows another theory on life and death based mainly on Buddhist beliefs.A true love story where two people are just meant to be together through thick and thin. Aaaahhhh....
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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful By "andyaries" on 10 Oct 2003
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ok so how many words can you get out of a thesaurus that coincides with spectacular? this film is truly magnificent, its just one of those films which you dont get sick of, i used to watch it almost daily and im of a young adolescent age, and yes iam straight, thats how powerful a film it is! trust in me ladies and gentleman its a tear quencher, i loved every minute of it and i still do! its good to watch when your really angry or upset because you can just get rid of all your anger and float away or you can cry along with robin, lets face it, this film is underrated and should be in my opinion in the top 100 emotional films of all time. if you like a good depressing film with a really nice ending this is the one for you!
if this were a meal you were about to eat id say some of my del boy french thrases, oh what the hell!
Bon appetite
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