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Somewhere in Time (Collector's Edition)
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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.
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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Done real well and when Christopher was in his prime. She took the DVD and I kept the VHS tape.
I must have liked it much though as when I ditched VHS recently I got this in DVD and didn't with quite a few others like the wuthering heights movie she enjoyed so much.
This movie stars Christopher Reeve, who is a playwright and receives a pocket watch from a mysterious old woman during a party. She tells him: "Come back to me," and then leaves without another word. Shortly afterwards he decides to take a solo road trip where he ends up at an old hotel. He's got time to kill before dinner and so he visits the hotel's museum and sees a picture of a woman (played by Jane Seymour). He can't stop looking at her photo. He does research and finds she was an accomplished actress almost one hundred years ago. He seeks out an old professor who wrote a book about time travel, and the professor confirms that it could be done. So Christopher Reeve ("Richard") goes and gets period-accurate clothing to wear on his adventure where of course he meets Jane Seymour ("Elise") and romance ensues but not without difficulty from her Manager/Agent and of course the fact that he is from another century.
It's a romantic story with interesting historical notes, with some excitement and some heartache. And time travel, of course.
Having just finished watching the Blu-ray, I can report the following. It is not the greatest Blu-ray picture I have seen by any means, but it is just fine. Clearly parts of the film are purposely soft focused or have an over-exposed look to them, but that seems to have been intentional. It is not all parts of the 1912 scenes that are photographed that way by any means, but just some parts, and this is occasionally seen in the more modern scenes as well, although only very briefly. I have no complaints about the picture quality on the Blu-ray. Bottom line: The picture quality on the Blu-ray is fine and vastly better than the abysmal DVD. If you like this film, for what the Blu-ray is selling for, you would be crazy not to buy it, even if, like me, you already have the DVD.
As to the film itself, sure it is based on a ridiculous premise, but it is otherwise delightful. Jane Seymour looks absolutely gorgeous in it and Christopher Reeve doesn’t look all that bad either. Loved it when I first saw it years ago and still do.
An absolute flop at the box office, it was dismissed by the critics, as being riddled with loose ends, and loop holes. However, cable tv, and video rentals, just breathed a new life into this movie, and now we have it in the best format possible(for now). Like any Blu-ray movies that I have seen and own, it is like watching it for the first time. It just pulls you in, with so many details that were impossible to notice before. Only noticed a bit of grain as the older Elise, is looking out her bedroom window, on the night that she dies. The sound is not very good throughout the film. It's a bit hollow and thin. No surround at all. It's not the worst sound I have heard, I just think it was the best they could do with a low budget, mono sound released in the theatres.
I can say so much more about this movie, but I would just be repeating what many others have said throughout the years, so I will just say that I'm very pleased with the Blu-ray release which has just come out. Visually, it's a beautiful transfer. Fans, should definitely have it for their collection!
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