Tom Cruse's life spins out of control in Cameron Crowe's intriguing thriller, "Vanilla Sky", which comes to a somewhat strange, but initially intriguing DVD.
Picture Crowe decided that visuals would matter a lot on this movie, and the transfer to DVD doesn’t spoil any of his efforts.
Sound The 5.1 mix kicks into action whenever thrills need enhancing with some cool directional effects, and good bass enhancement for the music.
Audio Commentary Cameron Crowe is joined by his wife who provides musical accompaniment! Sadly this is no Broadway-styled sensation of song and music as a result, but rather Crowe chatting away while Nancy plucks on a guitar. No matter, for Crowe packs in his thoughts of what he was trying to achieve with the film, which he made back to back with "Almost Famous", and with much the same crew.
Crowe was very pleased with the rapport between Tom Cruise and Kurt Russell - two actors who apparently have been keen to work with one another for a long time. Cameron also makes mention of Russell as an often-underrated talent, digging-up the classic Robert Towne quote about Kurt as, "the best kept secret in Hollywood".
Prelude to a Dream This little six-minute featurette features some interesting rehearsal and test footage for the film, which Crowe chats over with thoughts about his inspiration for making the movie.
Hitting it Hard The press tour for this film was clearly an insane experience, as you'll see from this ten-minute film. Cruise undertakes a whistle-stop tour of the globe where the general reaction is of relentless screaming. He manages to move girls to tears too, with his most successful country for wailing being Korea.
Paul McCartney Interview One-and-a-half minutes of Macca saying ta very much for a Golden Globe is your lot here, although he does reveal a little of his song writing process for the title song of the movie. On musing what rhymed with Vanilla Sky he came up with "fly" and the song was complete a week later.
Additional Extra Features Also on the DVD are eight photo galleries with an audio introduction from photographer, Neal Preston, two trailers, and a music video.
Ratio: 1.85:1 (anamorphic)
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1
Audio Tracks: English
Subtitles: Multiple Languages
Menus: Animated with music
Special Features Subtitles: All the special features (including the commentary) come with subtitles, apart from the trailers and the music video.
This DVD was reviewed on a JVC XV-S57 DVD player.