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2.5 out of 5 stars 46 customer reviews

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Product Description

Written, directed and starring Academy Award winner Anthony Hopkins (Best Actor in a Leading Role, The Silence of the Lambs, 1991), and featuring a top-notch cast, SLIPSTREAM is an exciting and inventive drama about life and death - - and everything in between. Aging screenwriter Felix Bonhoeffer (Hopkins) has lived his life in two states of existence: reality and his own interior world. While working on a murder mystery screenplay, Felix becomes baffled as his characters start appearing in his life, and his life starts slipping into his characters. Soon, he is thrown into a vortex where dreams, time and reality collide in an increasingly whirling slilpstream.

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For years, George Lucas has talked about going back to directing avant-garde films with limited commercial potential that would be bound to confound audiences. Venerable actor Sir Anthony Hopkins, 70, went ahead and did it with this daring, provocative dream-within-a-dream, movie-within-a-movie. Part David Lynch, part Pirandello, it throws viewers into the deep end of this "looking glass world" and "mad hatter's tea party." This much we know: Hopkins (who wrote, directed, and even composed the musical score) stars as a screenwriter, Felix Bonhoeffer. Most everything else is up for grabs. Slipstream unfolds in fractured fits and starts. Christian Slater and Jeffrey Tambor portray two actors in a wildly troubled movie ("the whole thing is going to hell in a hand basket" someone proclaims). John Turturro appears as a manic producer in a performance that makes his turn in Transformers look like a model of understatement. There is a Dolly Parton look-alike who introduces herself as "Dolly Parton Look-alike." Kevin McCarthy, star of Invasion of the Body Snatchers), turns up as a dottering incarnation of himself. There is an in-joke about "Hopkins" doing Hannibal 4. Fantasy and reality become interchangeable as Felix is visited by his characters ("You killed me in Scene 23," one protests. "I've got the script"). But that's only the beginning… or maybe the end, as the case may be. Slipstream is thrilling in a "what the what?" sort of way, and repeated viewings will reward adventurous viewers trying to plumb its secrets. --Donald Liebenson

Special Features

  • Audio Commentary with Director Anthony Hopkins
  • Dreaming Slipstream Making Of Featurette
  • Deleted Scenes

Product Details

  • Actors: Camryn Manheim, Jeffrey Tambor, Anthony Hopkins, Sean Astin, Vinnie Jones
  • Directors: Anthony Hopkins, David van Eyssen
  • Producers: Stella Arroyave, Robert Katz, David Bixler, Frank Hübner, Brad Krevoy
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 encoding (US and Canada only)
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  • Aspect Ratio: 2.40:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    R
    Restricted
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: February 26, 2008
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (46 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00116GEJI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #43,775 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Slipstream" on IMDb

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Slipstream is a rare kind of movie. Read the other reviews (not the 1 stars) if you want to get a fairly inclusive overview. What makes Slipstream so special is that it is experienced by the left brain as utter nonsense, but the right brain can catch on. It is possible to "get" this film without being able to say what you got. Isn't that delightful! The scenes are an indecipherable kaleidoscope that gave me a headache on my left side (true); there is a rhythm, rather than logic and a relatedness, rather than linear unfolding. Perhaps this film is even brilliant. If you can bear to be in a state of not-knowing, this movie can work for you. If you enjoy not knowing, if you enjoy not having complete control over your experience, you may thrill at this film. Early on, you'll realize that the "plot" is too complex for it to all come together at the end. So don't wait for it. Instead, let yourself enjoy your bafflement.

By leaving understanding entirely in our hands, the movie presents us with pure possibility. How often can we say that? Even though it was too violent for my taste, I felt exhilarated and inspired. What it left me with: Each of us is in a wildly individual, and often even significantly divergent, experience. What allows us to be related to another's experience is our ability to step out of our unique perspective and recognize the commonly held narrative in which we each have our own experience. I have no idea if the film delivered that or if my firing-furiously-at-novelty neurons invented it, but such is the wonder of this marvel, that I could be left with this delicious insight. What might you find?

The least of Slipstream's virtues are lighting, cinematography, editing that becomes a "character" and Hopkins' ability to get an excellent performance out of his actors. Bravo.
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"SlipStream" was fabulous!!! Highly entertaining (fun, full of surprises and never dragged), artistic (writing, acting & direction outstanding), intelligent, and profound! Anthony Hopkins deserves multiple Oscars and Golden Globes. He's done a lot of fantastic work over the years but this may be his crowning achievement. I'm 56 and gifted with a superior memory. I've watched a lot of movies but only occasionally do I watch a film more than ounce and never in close proximity to the first viewing. "SlipStream" is a movie that I easily could watch a week after the first viewing without running the risk of getting bored. In fact, scenes from the film have been popping into my mind for a week after watching the movie. "Row, row, row your boat gently down the stream. Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily life is but a dream." I'll definitely recommend "SlipStream" to friends and no doubt watch it multiple times. WARNING: At the risk of coming across as egoic, "SlipStream" is for everyONE but it may test the coping skills of shallow idiots. To fully appreciate "SlipStream" I believe it helps to have an eye for true art, the wisdom that comes with age, and a higher level of consciousness. In "SlipStream" Anthony Hopkins plays a Hollywood screenwriter who is forced to drive his vintage big red convertible into the Mohave Desert to pen emergency scenes for a film shoot in progress with a menagerie of brilliantly-eccentric thespians at an aging diner run by a Dolly Parton impersonator. I'm not going to say anything else because I don't want to spoil Hopkins' stream of thought, especially how it syncs with the "Yoga Sutras of Patanjali." Suffice it to say, however, that Hopkins obviously possesses an eye for true art, the wisdom that comes with age, and a higher level of consciousness since he wrote, acted, and directed "SlipStream." A true treat and Cinematic Trinity!!!
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In fact, it made no sense to me and was pretty much a struggle to watch. Then, I watched the special features. I should have done that first. It made all the difference and, actually, the movie made some sense and made me think that Anthony Hopkins (he is such a great actor) wasn't totally nuts. The special features added enormous relevance but still not any where near enough to recommend this strange concoction. To anyone who may decide to view this, I will recommend watching the special features first. That way you''ll kind of know what is going on and won't be totally lost and the special features will lend perspective.
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The directorial and screenwriting debut of one of the world's greatest living actors is by no means an accessible film. While Anthony Hopkins stars in "Slipstream" as well, the thespian has stepped behind the camera to bring us a strangely imaginative cinematic experience.

The film itself makes no sense and is challenging, at times down right frustrating to watch. Though, "Slipstream" is one of those rare storytelling masterpieces about everything without meaning anything. Or perhaps a story about nothing that means everything.

Anthony Hopkins has drummed up what feels like decades of suppressed angst about filmmaking. His writing is full of the energy and guts of a young screenwriter, but with the wisdom of the most seasoned scribes. He has created a slice of cinema for the cinephile; overly rich in its flavors and densely packed with ingredients. If you're a connoisseur of the strange and admirer of Hopkins's demanding presence, like me you will eat it up till the last crumb falls indulgently from your gaping gaze.

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