Vanilla Sky [DVD] 
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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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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.
Vanilla Sky achieves a rather outstanding balance: its surface is an enigma that demands logical attention; while dynamically the narrative can be anything from obscurely alarming to warmly reassuring, according to the viewer's mindset of the moment. The film's primary preoccupations are what we might understand as 'dreams' and 'love', in all senses of both words. For that reason, almost any given moment is open to reactions as diverse as poignancy, alarm or even disgust.
This is an ambitious film. In fact it is downright presumptuous... and it has pretty much every right to be. I was originally distanced from seeing it by the distracting and irrelevant Cruise/Cruz hype/furore that surrounded its 2001 release. I now regret having allowed so much time to pass: I would like to have had this film in my life long ago. In any case, I am very glad that it is here now. And, on serious reflection, perhaps that hype was not entirely irrelevant after all: the Cruise/Cruz scenes blaze with a chemistry that one can honestly believe might torpedo a supposedly fairytale marriage (Cruise and Kidman).
Part of this relates to the film's casting strategy, including a performance in which Cruise casually and relentlessly challenges his image as a vacuously comfortable pretty-boy (as he has done quite a few times, but that is another matter). Other matters of casting and direction work similarly. In particular Cameron Diaz, Kurt Russell, Timothy Spall and Tilda Swinton deliver expectation-defying turns.
And this, incidentally, is partly why in this assessment I will not directly compare Vanilla Sky to the film (Abre Los Ojos) of which it is a remake.Read more ›
I remember me and my wife were queuing up at the Odeon cinema in Manchester, we were running a bit late, we did want to see From Hell with Johnny Depp, but we just missed it, so we asked what was the next available film? you guessed it Vanilla Sky, I remember one of my at my work mates telling me it was awful, but instead of going home we accepted the tickets. We sat, we watched and we went home. It was on the drive home I said to my wife what a wonderful film, it was like a delayed reaction that's never happened to me before, I could not stop thinking about this film, it got to a point that i rang everyone I new and told them to watch, I could go on for hours about this film but there is no point, you have to watch it and make your own mind up. For me being late was brilliant, for once fate was on my side.
Vanilla Sky is a remake of a film called "Open Your Eyes" with Penelope Cruz, it is a good
film but not as good as Vanilla Sky, but still worth a watch.
There is a Blu-ray release coming out on the 30th of june in the USA and hopefully it will be region free
but you never know with Paramount Pictures.
***DVD FEATURES BELOW***
Commentary by Director Camoron Crowe
>Composer Nancy Wilson, featuring a
conversation with Tom Cruise
Two Featurettes: "Prelude to a Dream","Hitting it Hard"
An interview with Paul McCartney
Music Video "Afrika Shox" by Leftfield
Unreleased Teaser Trailer
Photo Gallery with Audio Introduction
>by Photographer Neal Preston
**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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Not as disappointing as 'The Vanishing' remade for Hollywood, this is a perfectly adequate adaptation of the ascendant Alejandro ' The Visitors' Amenabar's brilliant fantasy 'Open... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Mr. G. Morgan
This film is one of my all time favourites and I'm happy to finally add it to my bluray collection. recieved as promise without any delays.Published 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
a complex film which challenges your way of thinking. . In places it gets surreal and flashes back and forward quite a lot I found it hard to like any of the characters because of... Read morePublished 6 months ago by mary campbell