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WHAT DREAMS MAY COME: Major Thumbs-Up For Universal

post #1 of 61
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I've never been a big fan of this movie, but the audacious visuals and colors are simply phenomenal on HD-DVD.

If you are a fan of the film I would NOT hesitate to pick this one up immediately. To me the film is improved immeasurably by the clarity of the transfer, as the story has always been its weak point.
post #2 of 61
I have been back and forth on this one, but you convinced me to purchase it.
post #3 of 61
Can't WAIT for this one, should be some great eye candy.
post #4 of 61
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Originally Posted by DM2006RI View Post

I've never been a big fan of this movie, but the audacious visuals and colors are simply phenomenal on HD-DVD.

If you are a fan of the film I would NOT hesitate to pick this one up immediately. To me the film is improved immeasurably by the clarity of the transfer, as the story has always been its weak point.

Does it have bad edge enhancement like many of Universal's recent catalog releases?

Thanks,
Tom
post #5 of 61
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Originally Posted by Tom Monahan View Post

Does it have bad edge enhancement like many of Universal's recent catalog releases?

Thanks,
Tom

Or, like the SD DVD?
post #6 of 61
Pics?
post #7 of 61
What a nice suprise. I didn't expect this in HDDVD so soon, if ever.
One of my favorite movies.

Very underestimated.
If one understands the deep psycology in this movie, it becomes more than a sentimental journey.

Wonderful and some very original CGI to be a 1998 movie, much beauty and a treat for people with 2:35:1 CIH set up.

A must have.
post #8 of 61
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Originally Posted by coolscan View Post

What a nice suprise. I didn't expect this in HDDVD so soon, if ever.
One of my favorite movies.

Very underestimated.
If one understands the deep psycology in this movie, it becomes more than a sentimental journey.

Wonderful and some very original CGI to be a 1998 movie, much beauty and a treat for people with 2:35:1 CIH set up.

A must have.

I agree..I actually saw this movie for the first time in 2002 and simply LOVED Robin Williams' performance. I don't know..the movie with stunning visuals, love story and connection between life and death / hell and heaven just made a lasting impression on this..I will be picking it up. I'm very glad that it looks great.
post #9 of 61
I've never seen this movie...but I will definitely check it out now. Thanks!
post #10 of 61
I love all types of movies. But WDMC was the worse movie I have ever watched. Just my opinion/taste. Nasty, dreary, plodding with a bizzare plot. The visuals are certainly interesting...but this is as "downer" a movie as has ever existed.

WDMC beats English Patient on my bottom 5 of all time.
post #11 of 61
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Originally Posted by Star56 View Post

but this is as "downer" a movie as has ever existed.

For me that honor belongs to Requiem for a Dream - an amazing film but thoroughly depressing.

I saw What Dreams May Come in the theater and while I've always thought it was decent it seems like it had so much more potential. Even still, I do have this on top of my Netflix queue and am hoping to get it on release day.
post #12 of 61
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WDMC beats English Patient on my bottom 5 of all time.





English Patient is a classic
post #13 of 61
I agree that What Dreams May Come and The English Patient are 2 of the better cinematic shows you can see.

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WDMC beats English Patient on my bottom 5 of all time.

Perhaps 'Crank' or 'Little Man' are your top pics?
post #14 of 61
Just because critics like it doesn't make a great movie, if you don't enjoy it. Personally critics loved "lost in translation", I thought it was slow, no story and horrid acting. Different strokes for different folks. I watch movies to be entertained and leave reality behind for couple hours, i don't need that art house theater bs.
post #15 of 61
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Originally Posted by coolscan View Post

What a nice suprise. I didn't expect this in HDDVD so soon, if ever.
One of my favorite movies.

Very underestimated.
If one understands the deep psycology in this movie, it becomes more than a sentimental journey.

Wonderful and some very original CGI to be a 1998 movie, much beauty and a treat for people with 2:35:1 CIH set up.

A must have.

If it a combo, forget it. I'm tired of "boiling disc's" to get them to play, sorry, YMMV.
post #16 of 61
If you enjoy philosophy, there are many aspects of this movie you will like.
post #17 of 61
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Originally Posted by mikey p View Post

If it a combo, forget it. I'm tired of "boiling disc's" to get them to play, sorry, YMMV.

Every single thread really needs to be polluted with anti-combo propaganda? Universal admirably responded to our feedback and hasn't released a catalog title in combo format for almost 8 months. This post might have meant well, maybe you thought its a new release, but it contributes absolutely nothing in any scenario. Many people have never had to boil a disc, for it to play, and those that have are well documented in the appropriate forum.
post #18 of 61
I really cant think of a movie Robin Williams has been in that i have not liked. He has turned into a great actor. Kudos to universal for this movie.
post #19 of 61
This movie won 4 oscars for best visual effects in 1988, so i imagine it must be spectacular.
post #20 of 61
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Originally Posted by calikarim View Post

This movie won 4 oscars for best visual effects in 1988, so i imagine it must be spectacular.

This is a must buy for me. I loved the movie and remembered the outlandish pallet of colors in this flick. HD DVD will bring out the absolute beauty and color of this film. The scene where Robin was walking in the painting...wow!
post #21 of 61
1988? Am I really that old? I could have sworn it was 10 years ago.
post #22 of 61
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Originally Posted by blainehamilton View Post

I agree that What Dreams May Come and The English Patient are 2 of the better cinematic shows you can see.



Perhaps 'Crank' or 'Little Man' are your top pics?


Thanks for making me remember Little Man.

300 may have even been better than that garbage.
post #23 of 61
OMG! This is the only movie i walked out of the theater halfway. Oh wait, this and revenge of the sith.

edit: it's revenge.
post #24 of 61
Return of the sith or Revenge of the sith. I though Revenge of the Sith was the best among the SW episodes.
post #25 of 61
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Return of the sith or Revenge of the sith. I though Revenge of the Sith was the best among the SW episodes.

I meant revenge of the sith, the 3rd episode. The acting in porn is better.
post #26 of 61
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Thanks for making me remember Little Man.

300 may have even been better than that garbage.


Have you seen a movie named Camp, or The Marine? Both of those were horrid, but nothing is as bad as Battlefield Earth.
post #27 of 61
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Originally Posted by Tom Monahan View Post

Does it have bad edge enhancement like many of Universal's recent catalog releases?

There's a little bit of e.e. in a few scenes, but it's not terrible. This is a better-than-average looking catalog title from Universal. It has a nice film-like appearance for the most part. The 'painted landscape' scenes are breathtaking in HD.

I really like the imagery in this movie, but the story is pretty dopey. The director's earlier film "Map of the Human Heart" is much better. The rights to that one are held by Miramax, and I doubt it's very high on their Blu-ray "to do" list.
post #28 of 61
I have been looking forward to this release since it was announced. It's been a while but reading through this thread has reminded me of why this title will be one beautiful HD DVD...
post #29 of 61
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Originally Posted by dysfunction26 View Post

nothing is as bad as Battlefield Earth.

QFT

and yes the size is how I feel about the horridness of that film.

BOT: WDMC is a visual feast (as it was meant to be I think) and the deeper story in the film is very good as well it just moves rather slowly as he discovers things on his journey. I can't imagine going thru what he went thru and then just jumping up the next day and saying " oh well let's go see "Crank" again" and I think the movie captures that wonderfully. Saw this on the shelf at FYE yesterday and almost bought it and then remembered that I was in FYE which apparantly means For Your Expense. Hell their USED HD Discs were more expensive than Amazon
post #30 of 61
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Originally Posted by Josh Z View Post

The 'painted landscape' scenes are breathtaking in HD.

I really like the imagery in this movie, but the story is pretty dopey. The director's earlier film "Map of the Human Heart" is much better. The rights to that one are held by Miramax, and I doubt it's very high on their Blu-ray "to do" list.

Agreed on both counts Josh. The "fantasy" sequences for lack of a better term really sing in HD.

My problem with the movie is Annabella Sciorra's wife -- even in the scenes where they're supposed to be young and energetic, it's hard to care about her.

You look through the great movie "love stories" (even GHOST) and there's chemistry between the leads. I never found that to be the case in WHAT DREAMS MAY COME. And without it, there's no emotional pull to what's going on.

Still a nice movie to look at
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