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Studio and Year: 1984 - Twentieth Century Fox
MPAA Rating: PG-13
Feature running time: 99 minutes
Genre: Adventure/Sci-fi/Fantasy


Disc Format: BD-25
Encoding: AVC (MPEG-4)
Video Aspect: 1.78:1
Resolution: 1080i/60


Audio Format(s): English DTS-HD MA 5.1, English 2.0
Subtitles: N/A
Starring: Dennis Quaid, Max von Sydow, Christopher Plummer, Eddie Albert, Kate Capshaw, David Patrick Kelly, George Wendt
Directed by: Joseph Ruben
Music by: Maurice Jarre
Written by: David Loughery, Chuck Russell, Joseph Ruben
Region Code: A


Blu-ray Disc release Date: April 6, 2010







"Alex Gardner has an extraordinary gift. To keep it may cost him his life..."



Film Synopsis:

Dennis Quaid stars as Alex Gardner, a psychically gifted young man recruited to help Dr. Paul Novotny (Max Von Sydow) and the beautiful Dr. Jane DeVries (Kate Capshaw) in an experiment to help patients disturbed by menacing nocturnal illusions.




My Take:

What does the year 1984, people dying in dreams die in real life, and a killer that sprouts deadly fingernails all have in common? No, it’s not A Nightmare on Elm Street, its 1984’s Dreamscape. Dreamscape was Directed by Joseph Ruben (the Stepfather) and one of its writers, Chuck Russell, ended up penning and directing 1987's A Nightmare on Elm Street 3…them sure are some funny similarities, right?

Dennis Quaid plays Alex Gardner, a psychic who has been using his powers to pick-up woman and to win at the racetrack. When an old acquaintance (Max von Sydow) forcefully recruits Alex to help in a secret project, he reluctantly joins and gets into much more than he bargained for (we expected that, didn't we?). Alex is learning to enter people’s minds as they sleep. Soon he finds out that the government is behind the project and is secretly creating the ultimate weapon…sleep killers.

The movie’s many cliché’s aside, Dreamscape has a bit of charm. There are some truly funny moments, a few good scares and the movie does a commendable job melding a few genres together. The cast was a fun group of familiar faces as well as some recognizable character actors in supporting roles. I really enjoyed the enthusiasm of a younger Dennis Quaid. He and Kate Capshaw (oh Mr Steven Spielberg..color me jealous!) had great chemistry as they flirted the whole way through. My only qualm was with the usually great Christopher Plumber; he just seemed way too stiff as the sinister Government head. The effects are definitely dated and were similar to the stop-motion effects done by the legendary Ray Harryhaussen (Clash of the Titans, 1981). Dreamscape was a fun ride, but was missing any real feel of danger or sense of urgency. Unfortunately it was more interesting after the fact when thinking of the possibilities that this story never realized.




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Rated PG-13 for Profanity and Violence.





AUDIO/VIDEO - By The Numbers:
REFERENCE = 92-100 / EXCELLENT = 83-91 / GOOD = 74-82 / AVERAGE = 65-73 / BELOW AVERAGE = under 65

**My audio/video ratings are based upon a comparative made against other high definition media/blu-ray disc.**


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Audio: 78



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Video: 66



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Dreamscape comes to Blu-ray Disc from Image Entertainment featuring 1080i AVC encoded video that has an average bitrate of 17.9 mbps and lossless DTS HD Master Audio 5.1 sound that has an average bitrate of 2.1 mbps.

Dreamscape looks like an up-converted DVD on a Blu-ray disk. I knew we were in for a bit of trouble when I saw 1080i on the packaging. I don't see the use in releasing such an old, speckled and noisy print on Blu-ray and not giving it some care and attention. The good news is that the colors were decent and natural, though bordering on under-saturated; flesh-tones were the best part of the release. The resolution was much less than we are accustomed to, leaving fine details almost extinct. Black levels and shadow detail were inconsistent at best, having a grayish tone most the time. There were the brief moments where it looked nice; these were on the brighter scenes that had close-ups, showing off its nice colors and a little detail. The DTS-HD Master Audio track was lacking in body. Low end was hardly there and there was not much surround activity. The dynamics seemed off, the synth soundtrack came on too strong and seemed like it was primarily in the center channel. I would feel confident betting this was the same lossy mix from the DVD just converted to DTS-HD. At least all dialogue was discernible and the sound was not too offensive.

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  • Audio Commentary with Producer Bruce John Curtis, Writer David Loughery & Special Effects Artist Craig Reardon

  • Behind-the-Scenes Special Effects Makeup Test Reel and Still Gallery



Final Thoughts:

With all of the remakes coming out these days, Dreamscape is one that would make sense to me. It's an OK movie with a cool idea that went under most people’s radar. It would do well with some updating and could easily be tailored to be relevant today. Image Entertainment's treatment of the material results in a very disappointing release. It has the same commentary and test reel as their 2000 DVD release. I cant recommend a Blu-ray that is as thrown together as this is...if you are not going to do it right, don't do it. The DVD was already released and our players will do just as good a job up-converting.




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Let's file this one under taking one for the team. Thanks Lee! ^_^
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What the hell! When I first saw this movie 20 some odd years ago I thought it was pretty good. Shocking that they would release it on Blu Ray though!
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wow.
certainly thought this one would be a better release.
very disappointing.
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If memory serves this was the 2nd ever pg-13 rated picture after Red Dawn.
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I must have been around 7 years old back when I first saw this (around the time of its release). I remember it scaring the crap out of me. My old nightmares just came rushing back to me.
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I saw this in the theater as well and really liked it(especially Kate Capshaw). I've seen it on cable a time or 2 since then. Too bad the bluray isn't of good quality.
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I saw this when I was 9 or 10, loved it back then. And I agree Lee, a remake would be nice.

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Bad transfer or not.. I'm getting it.. Never owned it on DVD..

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Bad transfer or not.. I'm getting it.. Never owned it on DVD..

I wouldn't say its a bad transfer as much as a bad source they gave no attention to. I bet it looks as good as its source.
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I wouldn't say its a bad transfer as much as a bad source they gave no attention to. I bet it looks as good as its source.

Lee, since you didn't mention it, I assume the nude scenes between Capshaw and Quaid remain missing, meaning it's the same old censored version available since 2000 and possibly earlier. I remember seeing the unedited version on cable in the 80's and I read on IMDB that only the European versions have retained these scenes. Too bad.

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Lee, since you didn't mention it, I assume the nude scenes between Capshaw and Quaid remain missing, meaning it's the same old censored version available since 2000 and possibly earlier. I remember seeing the unedited version on cable in the 80's and I read on IMDB that only the European versions have retained these scenes. Too bad.

No nude Kate. I thought it was the lady in the bed with the her husband's bro that was edited...didn't know Kate was nude. That might have changed my flesh-tone rating j/k
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If memory serves this was the 2nd ever pg-13 rated picture after Red Dawn.

You are correct!

And what fine film was the motivation behind the creation of this new rating system...?
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Yep, I gotta back up the review. This, frankly, is the assiest looking Blu-ray I've ever seen. To it's credit, you sure as hell can't accuse it of being hit with DNR because grain is rampant--"crawling ants over the picture" syndrome--and it is an improvement over the DVD, though rather marginally. e.g. a shot that soundly proves the BD is a step up from the DVD, even if the latter is upconverted, is one where Dennis Quaid is coming down a flight of stairs; the shot starts out with the camera locked in place, then it moves with Quaid's downward motion, coming to a stop again when Quaid reaches the landing. On the DVD, underneath the staircase to Quaid's right, we see the stucco texture clearly but it immediately blends into textureless gray-white as the camera moves, then becomes detailed again when the camera stops. On the BD, much of this stucco texture remains visible even during the camera movement. Beyond that, though, this is, quite simply, a poor print source, looking at all times like a 25-year-old 16mm print stored in someone's garage. If you're a fan, it's worth investing in for cheap (I paid $16.99, but it'd be hard to justify more than $15 for this, and really $10 or less is much more fair), especially if you can sell off your old DVD for a few bucks; all others should stay far, far away.
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I was thinking of getting this but as it's seems they didn't bother using a clean print I don't think I'll bother. Perhaps it should be called the Not So Special Edition.
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You are correct!

And what fine film was the motivation behind the creation of this new rating system...?

Actually, it was due to TWO films...INDIANA JONES II and GREMLINS.

DREAMSCAPE has been been running on cable this month. Guess I'll catch it there, since the disc is only 1080i and the audio is weak.
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Actually, it was due to TWO films...INDIANA JONES II and GREMLINS.

So Kate Capshaw was in one of the movies that inspired the new PG13 rating (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) and one of the first films to be released under that new rating (Dreamscape). Sounds like a conspiracy.
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So Kate Capshaw was in one of the movies that inspired the new PG13 rating (Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom) and one of the first films to be released under that new rating (Dreamscape). Sounds like a conspiracy.

Since Spielberg was involved in both films (GREMLINS & INDY), you may be right! He might even have caused the DREAMSCAPE nude scene to be nixed!
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Since Spielberg was involved in both films, you may be right! He might even have caused the DREAMSCAPE nude scene to be nixed!

How was Spielberg involved with Dreamscape?
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How was Spielberg involved with Dreamscape?

I think he was referring to Spielberg's involvement in Gremlins and of course, Temple of Doom...
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I think he was referring to Spielberg's involvement in Gremlins and of course, Temple of Doom...

Quite right, Ralph. Thanks!
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