IN DREAMS

Director: Neil Jordan

Starring: Annette Bening, Aidan Quinn, Stephen Rea

A woman is slowly driven insane by recurring nightmares about an abducted chilld.

In Dreams is a heavily stylised, kaleidoscopic thriller. The first two thirds of Jordanís hypnotic film are very compelling; with several bewitching sequences that will linger in the mind long after its disastrous last act is a distant memory. Beningís performance is sublime, but itís completely undermined by Robert Downey Jrís ludicrously overwrought, scenery-chewing serial killer. The picture is presented in 1.85:1 format (with 16:9 enhancement), with a rich 5.1 Dolby Digital sound mix (at 448kbps). The transfer is generally very good, supporting some excellent cinematography. The disc offers only a trailer and booklet as bonus materials (can four pages constitute a ďbookletĒ?) Since the film didnít exactly set the box office alight itís understandable that the studio wanted to cut their losses, but itís a shame that the disc doesnít have a directorís commentary track: Jordanís comments would have given invaluable insight into what he was trying to achieve.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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