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Somewhere in Time (Collector's Edition) (1980)

Christopher Reeve , Jane Seymour , Jeannot Szwarc  |  PG |  DVD
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  • Actors: Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer, Teresa Wright, Bill Erwin
  • Directors: Jeannot Szwarc
  • Writers: Richard Matheson
  • Producers: Stephen Deutsch
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Dubbed: French, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: October 31, 2000
  • Run Time: 104 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1,186 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W46I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,046 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Somewhere in Time (Collector's Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Back to Somewhere in Time
  • Feature Commentary with Director Jeannot Szwarc
  • The Somewhere in Time Fan Club
  • Production Photographs
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • Production Notes
  • Cast and Filmmakers
  • Recommendations

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    Somewhere in Time is the story of a young writer who sacrifices his life in the present to find happiness in the past, where true love awaits him. Young Richard Collier (Christopher Reeve) is approached by an elderly woman who gives him an antique gold watch and who pleads with him to return in time with her. Years later, Richard Collier is overwhelmed by a photograph of a beautiful young woman (Jane Seymour). Another picture of this woman in her later years reveals to him that she is the same woman who had given him the gold watch. Collier then becomes obsessed with returning to 1912 and the beautiful young woman who awaits him there.

    Additional Features

    For devoted fans of Somewhere in Time, the exclusive documentary on this DVD will provide welcomed insight, background history, and poignant validation. The film was virtually saved from oblivion by a combination of cable TV exposure and grassroots fandom, and this engrossing documentary benefits from the participation of the film's principal cast and crew, all of whom remain as fond of this production as its legion of fans. Taped in 2000, the interviews are highlighted by the perspective of Christopher Reeve, whose fond recollections gain a certain profundity when combined with the physical impact of his paralyzing injury in 1995. But Reeve (who compares his near-death experience in the film with one he actually had after his injury) isn't the only one whose life had been touched by the magic of this film-that-wouldn't-die: from director Jeannot Szwarc to Jane Seymour and all others involved, Somewhere in Time was clearly a special experience, and their pride and pleasure are sweetly conveyed in this enjoyable hour-long tribute. Additionally, the DVD gives due credit to the fan club INSITE--the International Network of Somewhere in Time Enthusiasts--in a featurette exploring the club's history and membership. The INSITE's mailing and Web site addresses are also provided. --Jeff Shannon

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    595 of 612 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Excess Within Control... May 9, 2000
    Format:VHS Tape
    I remember seeing this movie 20 years ago this summer when I was living in Los Angeles and being so taken by it that I sat through it three more times that night. The soundtrack haunted me and like Richard Collier in the movie after he discovers Elise McKenna's picture in the Hall of History, I could not sleep. Before the movie left circulation, I'll bet I saw it 30 times. Everything about this small film grabbed and held me. There was the unforgettable story of a love so strong that it transcended time and place, there was the beautiful setting and there was the evocative and haunting score by John Barry. Finally, there was my favorite piece of classical music; Variation 18 of Sergei Rachmaninoff's Rhapsody on a Theme of Paganini, which is probably one of the most romantic pieces of piano music written in modern times.
    This is a magical movie and one that was maligned by critics at the time of its release. Because it was fantasy and because the requirement to suspend disbelief was so demanding, it was dismissed as a four hankie tearjerker. It wasn't for me and I was a 26 year old single guy hoping that I would experience a love so complete and so fulfilling. This movie proved beyond a doubt that such love is possible and that everyone should seek it and hopefully, find it.
    This movie was made on a small budget and yet, it was produced and directed in the grand tradition of the old Hollywood. Quality was paramount and they included great costumes and a wonderful locale to enhance the mood of the film. Lighting, music, soft shading all were used to give the viewer the sense that this was something to be remembered.
    Very few people saw this movie in 1980; it was discovered and developed its following on cable and on video.
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    94 of 95 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Love throughout Time April 21, 2001
    Somewhere in Time is an excellent film that combines Time Travel with romance, using an interesting and unique idea involving hypnotizing your mind to believe you are actually in that moment in history. If you can avoid analyzing the rationality of time travel and suspend your disbelief, this film will be very enjoyable for you. The idea of travelling back through time to find your soulmate is something both men and women can believe in. It is to the credit of the performances of the leads, Christopher Reeve and Jane Seymour, that the viewer believes that such a thing is possible. Reeve and Seymour also look well together and have obvious chemistry, making their love affair entirely believable. Especially with their first kiss, there is a deep and passionate love that seems entirely real. The third element is the acting of Christopher Plummer, who is always excellent and quite effective here as the overprotective manager of Seymour's character. But, there are two more elements that contributes greatly to the atmposhere of the film - the moving music composed by John Barry, and the Grand Hotel where most of the movie is set. The handsome and expressive Reeve, the calm beauty of Seymour, the brooding and calculating Plummer, the romantic and moving music and the timeless presence of the Grand Hotel combine into a magical film for the hopeless romantic.
    DVD Comments: Compared to reference DVDs the video and audio quality are average, with slight graininess at times. However, this can be forgiven because of the excellent quality of the film. Those who have only seen Pan Scan versions on Cable and VHS will enjoy the widescreen presentation. The extras include a Behind the Scenes Special, Trailer, Fan Club Information, Bios and Production Photos. All are excellent and welcome additons.
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    131 of 135 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Much more than a movie.... March 24, 2004
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    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    I've thought about what I could say in this review to convey my true feelings for this film but it's very hard to put into words. This movie touched me when I saw it for the first time during a very difficult time in my life. For those with sensitive hearts, we all have something in life that we hold dear to us as a reminder of hope and love... whether it be a picture, a piece of jewelry, etc. For me, I carry the spirit of this movie with me, that's how powerful it has been in my life.
    Can I explain it? Probably not. Will some think I'm fanatical or a little crazy in the head? Perhaps, but believe me I'm a very rational person. I love this movie.
    To those who have not yet seen this movie, please don't try to critique the acting performances or the storyline if you watch it. This is not a movie for detailed criticism. Why? Because it's already been criticized enough. We've heard it all before. If you don't like it because it's too romantic or far fetched then that's understandable... this movie isn't for you. This movie was made for a different kind of audience, and audience that doesn't care about Hollywood stars, special effects, or big budget hype. It's a love story, pure and simple, told in a very beautiful way. Let your guard down and let this movie take a hold of you. You might be surprised where you go.
    Oh, and if that's not enough, the musical score to the film is STUNNINGLY gorgeous. John Barry is a master or bringing emotion to every scene and touching us where we are softest.
    Skeptical? Just think about how much an open mind can reveal.
    Fans of the film will certainly appreciate the 1 hour documentary on the making of the movie which is very extensive and informative.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... enjoyable movie that is about time travel if you enjoy the unusual...
    This is an enjoyable movie that is about time travel if you enjoy the unusual you will enjoy it too. A love story across time
    Published 10 hours ago by Carol
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... and I don't think he watched it buut I loved it--thinking of...
    sent that to my brother and I don't think he watched it buut I loved it--thinking of ordering another copy for myself
    Published 3 days ago by Judy Hendel
    5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful Classic
    Will always be one of my favorite romance movies.
    Published 4 days ago by J. Adams
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Outstanding movie about how strong real love can be! Very touching movie!
    Published 7 days ago by Linda Lofton
    5.0 out of 5 stars so happy to have my copy AGAIN I keep buying it ...
    so happy to have my copy AGAIN I keep buying it and people keep taking it--one of the best love stories ever.
    Published 7 days ago by Annmarie Goldstein
    1.0 out of 5 stars Thought the movie was a real snoozer.. plus ...
    Thought the movie was a real I waited too long to watch it and the time for returns had run out when I found out the end of the movie was defective!!! Read more
    Published 9 days ago by Julie
    3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
    It was pleasant. However,I am partial to the version with Mark Harmon and Mary McCormack.
    Published 10 days ago by stpete52
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    One of my all-time favorites!
    Published 11 days ago by Barbara Walker
    5.0 out of 5 stars Somewhere in Time
    This is such a romance movie written in the tragedy genre. A real tear jerker. I love it.
    Published 12 days ago by Martin Basiszta
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    chick flic and science fiction...WOW!
    Published 12 days ago by Dwight Szpak
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    Anamorphic widesecreen?
    Yes it is and not to embarrass you but your answer is in the product description
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