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Dreamcatcher (Widescreen Edition) (2003)

Morgan Freeman , Thomas Jane , Lawrence Kasdan  |  R |  DVD
3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (435 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Morgan Freeman, Thomas Jane, Jason Lee, Damian Lewis, Timothy Olyphant
  • Directors: Lawrence Kasdan
  • Writers: Lawrence Kasdan, Stephen King, William Goldman
  • Producers: Bruce Berman, Casey Grant, Charles Okun, Elizabeth Dollarhide
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: June 1, 2004
  • Run Time: 134 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (435 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AMRUM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,872 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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Special Features

  • Original ending and 4 other lifted scenes
  • 3 documentaries: an interview with Stephen King, the visual effects, and production

Editorial Reviews

Four young friends perform a heroic act and are changed forever by the uncanny powers they gain in return. Years later, on a hunting trip in the Maine woods, they are overtaken by a blizzard, a vicious storm in which something much more ominous moves. Challenged to stop a deadly alien force, they confront an unparalleled horror, with the fate of the world in the balance.

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46 of 53 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars strangely , very appealing January 18, 2006
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There's just a cozy feeling to it. It's a constantly white-out snowing, Stephen King style, humor mixed with gore, great movie. And, I even like the story. Okay, it's not Great-Great, but really good. Especially when you have to stay inside (snow, flu, broken leg etc.).

Regardless, it's definitely worth a look. I never met anyone who just hated it. And if you don't love it, you'll probably just be glad to have seen it and move on to your next scary/funny, sunday/rainy movie.

But again, this is one of my favorite movies for some strange reason. Everybody's got a few of those, so I know you'll understand.

AND, you might want to buy it now, they're not producing this edition anymore and I already can't find it in a retail store.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful
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I completely disagree with the majority of the reviewers who didn't like this movie. I was held in suspense during the entire movie right up until the end. Many have found fault with certain "impossibilities" or logical flaws in the movie, but come on if you're going to watch a movie about telepathy and aliens how can you possibly start picking apart minute flaws? How can you accept an alien attack and mental telepathy yet complain about an alien British accent. Give me a break. Obviously the purpose of the British accent was to differentiate between Jonesy and Mr. Gray. A little weird maybe but give the director some slack. It seems like too many reviewers spent the entire time looking for flaws instead of letting themselves become wrapped up in the movie.
I thought the blizzard setting added a nice eerie, doom foreboding touch to a very suspenseful movie. I really enjoyed the way that the suspense was slowly, patiently and convincingly built throughout. When Jonesy found the lost hunter/farter you could feel that something was going to go wrong. Later when the car flipped, you really knew things were getting bad. The aliens coming out of the toilet and munching on the fingers and later body of the "glasses guy" made me jump.
I also felt that the film's use of flashbacks was a great technique for heightening the interest and filling in prior knowledge. The flashbacks were much more interesting than say just coming out from the beginning and explaining the clairvoyant aspects of the 4 main characters, and Duddys. As the plot progressed we began to fully understand what their powers were and how they came to possess them. The military portion/concept was perhaps a little clunky but necessary for the advancement of the plot.
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15 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Dreamcatcher's first half is the best. It has the character interaction that is trademark of King's writing and the cast was chosen (and performed) well. The second half was "science fiction neat," offering an action-based, and clearly established backstory (barely discussed) to the conflict between the invaders and the government, but it disrupts the psychological and personal mood set up in the first half. Ultimately, the fun/neat science fiction portion fails to deliver its apex in the way that you are lead to expect as it quickly ducks back into being a more psychological and personal story about the core people.

Low Points:

- Poor resolution between character conflicts in the military side. Even Sizemore complained about that in some behind the scenes stuff (i'm trying not to spoil).

- Science fiction moments that are more a really well done tease than a complete offering to science fiction fans.

- Not really scarey, but that's not a requirement for everyone.

High Points:

- Morgan Freeman and Tom Sizemore in what is a nice reversal of their usual type casting (i hate typecasting and love to see people turn on theirs and applaud casting agents and directors who choose to do so).

- Great visual effects

- Humor and horror combined well as often with King's material and the cast involved.

- Fantastic cast.

- The science fiction tease that hints at a HUGE and ongoing back story, which makes the overall film feel bigger than it really is. A three or four hour miniseries might have covered this better. i am getting the book, just in curiosity.

- A great score.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five stars - for all the wrong reasons! July 20, 2005
Dreamcatcher almost gives 'Lifeforce' a run for its money in the greatest unintentional comedy ever made stakes. I had to rewind whole chunks of the movie to check my eyes weren't deceiving me: oh, if only I hadn't had the flu the one week it played over here - to have seen this one with an audience! After a solid opening its descent into insanity is so rapid and so unashamed that you could never mistake it for a good film but still end up loving it more than many an undisputed classic because it's just so much fun. At times you even find yourself wondering if Lawrence Kasdan made it as a drunken dare. If so, all I can say is get that man another dozen drinks, and fast!

This fantastic (in every sense) movie has everything - Ripleys and s**tweasels, Damian Lewis doing a comedy English accent whenever he's possessed by the alien 'Mr Grey', Morgan Freeman with crazy giant white eyebrows that even David Hemmings would have envied waxing lyrical about John Wayne's gun, Tom Sizemore seeing those aliens long before the effects boys put them in the picture, a s**tweasel trying to bite Timothy Olyphant's dick off, the toilet scene from hell and more farting in a single motion picture since Blazing Saddles. The only thing that was missing was the gratuitous nudity from Mathilda May, but hey, maybe they're holding that back for the sequel. I am truly content to live in a world where multinational corporations spend tens of millions of dollars on such films. Definitely the most joyful and entertaining film I've seen this year.

The DVD extras are nothing to write home about, but do watch out for one great outtake at the end of the deleted scenes section.
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5.0 out of 5 stars I love it
Published 9 days ago by ronald bruckner
4.0 out of 5 stars I like Dream catcher
I like Dream catcher
Published 12 days ago by jeff1965
5.0 out of 5 stars Great story paired with a great cast
A must see for sci-fi lovers and Steven King lovers alike! Great story paired with a great cast.
Published 16 days ago by Jessie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
I love all Stephen King movies and books
Published 18 days ago by Margaret A. Pastore
1.0 out of 5 stars Well that's 2 hours i'll never get back...
Maybe it's because the book created such high expectations. Maybe it's because the cast is loaded with talent. Read more
Published 20 days ago by Mr M Strain
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
AOK !!!
Published 22 days ago by stanmoore1
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Stephen Kings short stories come to life to scare and thrill you!
Published 2 months ago by K. Printz
1.0 out of 5 stars Out in the woods alone
There are some Stephen King books that should never be adapted. Sure, we got a movie where an evil car kills people, or a girl kills people through telekinesis, or a mist filled... Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. A Solinas
1.0 out of 5 stars Out in the woods alone
There are some Stephen King books that should never be adapted. Sure, we got a movie where an evil car kills people, or a girl kills people through telekinesis, or a mist filled... Read more
Published 2 months ago by E. A Solinas
4.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining
I liked this movie quite a bit. I am a fan of Steven King and this story does not disappoint. It was well acted and the pace was good. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Carol Ziegler
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