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  • Actors: Annette Bening, Robert Downey Jr.
  • Directors: Neil Jordan
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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  • Studio: Paramount Catalog
  • DVD Release Date: May 21, 2013
  • Run Time: 100 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (177 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BTYIHS8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #80,179 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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By A Customer on June 5, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
"In Dreams" is the most terrifying movie i have ever seen, peroid. Everything in the movie has this stange reluctant quality, showing just enough for the viewer to crave more, yet at the same time producing an eerie fear for what is ahead. The story, thought a bit convoluted, takes the viewer hostage from the very beginning when the curiousity builds as the depths of an underwater town is being explored. Till the credits roll, and you are release, yet yearning to become the victim once again, just for a little longer. The acting is terrific especially from Benning who portaits the other side of sanity so convincingly, it gave me chills. She a character of need, and us, the mute witness, want to give her the assurance she so desperately longs for. Downey is great in his brief roll. He will scare you on a much more primative level, he almost seems too comfortable in this role. The imagery is great, the fixation with apples and nursery rhymes add to the atmosphere, feeding the unbridal terror that continues to build throughout the movie. Watching it is like walking through a peaceful meadow, feet gently dancing across the soft grass, slowly becoming trapped in a small room feet cold against the harsh floor. "In Dreams" gets to you on every level, this movie is not for everyone, but if you want to see a movie that will disturb, intrigue and terrify you, "In Dreams" is the movie for you.
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What a wonderfully bizarre thriller this is! Annette Benning's performance alone makes it worth watching - but there is still so much more. The story is so unsettling you never quiet get your grip once the film starts moving. From the opening credits - where a ghost town becomes submerged as a reservoir to the jump-out-of-your-seat ending, this one is a real keeper. The photography and set pieces are absolutely beautiful and do much put the viewer in Benning's head. A wild, frightening trip.
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In Dreams is an extremely surreal movie shot in beautiful colors and unforgettable imagery. Quite shocking and violent, the scenes will stay with you for days after viewing this. Annette Benning gives a top notch preformance she IS Claire!!!!And Robert Downey Jr. gives a chilling preformance as Vivian, the confused villan.Highly reccomended nail biter...just wait until the climax at the end on the bridge...
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Add Annette Benning to that long list of performances that didn't get nominated for, let alone, win an Oscar. Annette is simply stunning in this Neil Jordan thriller that got lost in 1998 and did not receive the acclaim it should have.
"In Dreams," based on the book "Doll's Eyes" by Bari Wood, is a haunting, and sometime disturbing, film. Annette plays a woman who has been haunted by strange dreams all of her life, sharing the life of a serial killer, played quite convincingly by Robert Downey, Jr. Aidan Quinn plays her husband, and in a delightful but short role, Pamela Payton-Wright shines as Benning's sanitorium roommate, Ethel.
The film abounds in delicious imagery, focusing on apples and Snow White. The terror mounts subtly, and is quite chilling. When Annette learns the fate of her daughter, Rebecca, she gives one of the most effective expressions of grief captured on film. Later, when she is being questioned by psychiatrist Stephen Rea, she blows you away with her attempt to be in control, when she obviously is not. A totally stunning tour de force for Annette.
Her performance alone makes this a five-star movie, although I would have appreciated a more detailed explanation for why her character shares this psychic link with Downey. Also, her relationship with her husband is not totally fleshed out. And how did Downey's character survive living in an abandoned orchard? Those questions' resolutions would have made this an absolutely perfect five stars. But, nonetheless, "In Dreams" is the kind of thriller that stays with you even after the credits have finished.
Also, kudos to Jordan for his use of songs in the movie. "If," "Ebb Tide," "Don't Sit Under the Apple Tree," and Roy Orbison's title theme, are haunting and sure beats the rock crap we have to put up with most of today's movies.
Watch this and enjoy a really different thriller!
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Somehow I feel that if this film had been even stranger, it may have been more critically popular. Had it not bothered with as linear a storyline and just followed the dream-logic plotlines it may have been hailed as a David Lynch-like fairy tale nightmare; add more violence and it could be a Dario Argento film. But instead we have something by Neil Jordan, who gives this film more wonder and magic (albeit dark) than anyone else could. I think it's a great film. See, it's called In Dreams, not In Logic. Its surreality is its strength, staying visually spectacular at all times and boosted by an absolutely great performance by Annette Bening. I think the plot contrivances are almost subversive; OF COURSE there are moments of coincidence because that's what happens in dreams. Moments of opportunity or clarity (claire-ity?) arrive for our heroine and she takes them in stride. The film's general feel is continuously reinforced by the eerie flooded dream village in the reservoir, and the fairy tale orchard. This is a Grim tale alright, but its beautiful, trippy and saturated in atmosphere. Killer ending too, closing a disturbingly satisfying thriller by a masterful director. Highly recommended for those who like to dream.
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