Director: Cameron Crowe
Cast: Tom Cruise, Penélope Cruz, Kurt Russell
Release Date: November 16, 2021
A Review By: Kevin Lovell
Disc Rating: 9/10
Oscar winning writer/director Cameron Crowe (JERRY MAGUIRE) reunites with producer/star Tom Cruise for this mind-bending roller-coaster ride of romance, comedy, suspicion, love, sex and dreams. Based on 1997’s ABRE LOS OJOS, also co-starring Penelope Cruz, VANILLA SKY’s soul-searching story is set in New York City. Lensed by Oscar winning cinematographer John Toll (BRAVEHEART), it’s a visually stunning film with a Times Square sequence not to be forgotten. Paramount Pictures is proud to present this limited-edition remaster, from a new 4K film transfer supervised by Cameron Crowe.
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Wake up, man! The mind-warping Cameron Crowe directed 2001 film ‘Vanilla Sky’ follows a selfish and wealthy publishing magnate (Tom Cruise) who has it all from the cars and money to beautiful women and a breathtaking home; all thanks to the legacy he inherited from his father. But after a tragic accident sends his life spiraling and his pride and confidence shattered, this vain man begins losing touch with reality as events become jumbled, people are murdered and things continue to happen in illogical and inexplicable ways, including his own incarceration. Now, he’ll have to find a way to get ahold of his reality and uncover what is real and what isn’t in this mind-twisting ride from Cameron Crowe which was based on the 1997 film “Abre Los Ojos”.
Cameron Crowe’s mind-bending 2001 film ‘Vanilla Sky’ returns home on Blu-ray in celebration of its twentieth anniversary as the twenty-seventh title in Paramount Home Entertainment’s line of limited edition ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray releases showcasing noteworthy films throughout the decades from Paramount’s expansive library of titles, with each sporting newly remastered high definition video presentations paired with lossless soundtracks, special features and collectible packaging. ‘Vanilla Sky’ makes another solid addition to the ‘Paramount Presents’ line and also marks the third film in the collection from Cameron Crowe following ‘Elizabethtown’ and ‘Almost Famous’. Quite unlike the other two films from Crowe in the Paramount Presents line, ‘Vanilla Sky’ is a wild, mind-warping ride that keeps you guessing and astounded every step of the way, and never seems to fail in offering something new with each subsequent viewing, only further complimented by a stellar cast led by Tom Cruise who delivers a truly unforgettable and powerful performance. This new Blu-ray release of the film arrives home in time for its twentieth anniversary and features a gorgeous new high definition video presentation from a new 4K film transfer supervised by Crowe, along with a solid multichannel DTS-HD MA soundtrack and a healthy collection of bonus content on top of it. Fans of this fantastic ride of a film will definitely want to consider picking up a copy of the ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release with the new transfer and collectible artwork, especially if you don’t already own the film on Blu-ray. If you’re already contemplating a purchase, it’s definitely recommended!
Overall, this new ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of Cameron Crowe’s 2001 mind-trip ‘Vanilla Sky’ brings the unforgettable film back home on Blu-ray with a spectacular new high definition video presentation in tow, from a new 4K film transfer that was supervised by Crowe. Combined with the great multichannel DTS-HD MA soundtrack and a pretty notable collection of bonus content to compliment it, this new Blu-ray release of ‘Vanilla Sky’ will surely be a must own for many fans who don’t already have it in their collection, and probably for a few others who do but can’t resist the newly remastered presentation it offers. In short, this is a wonderful limited edition Blu-ray release of a spectacular and enthralling film that never seems to get old and showcases an unforgettable performance by Tom Cruise. As for those of you that never got around to checking this one out, I would strongly encourage doing so.
The ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ‘Vanilla Sky’ features a full 1080p High Definition presentation of the film with a 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio, from a new 4K film transfer supervised by Cameron Crowe. This newly remastered video presentation looks spectacular as a whole and delivers a clean, sharp and beautifully detailed presentation from start to finish that’s rich with grain and other welcome artifacts representative of its source. It holds up without issue even during the darkly lit and heavily populated scenes throughout, never allowing anything occurring onscreen to become problematic or negatively affected in any unexpected way. Overall, this is a wonderful new high definition video presentation that should easily thrill the film’s fans.
The Blu-ray release features a 5.1 channel DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack. This multichannel soundtrack provides a crisp, clean and at times quite hard hitting audio presentation throughout. It utilizes all five available channels at many fitting opportunities in order to send the music, along with alarms, crowd chatter and other various audio effects throughout the various speakers while never resulting in any dialogue or other simultaneously occurring audio elements to become distorted or problematic along the way. Overall, this is a great 5.1 DTS-HD MA soundtrack that does its job well and nicely complements the viewing experience.
The ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray release of ‘Vanilla Sky’ features the standard collectible packaging included on all of the limited edition ‘Paramount Presents’ releases, complete with a slipcase that opens up to showcase a large version of the original theatrical poster and also featuring photos and a quote on the interior of the main Blu-ray case insert (you can view a beauty shot of the artwork from the studio below for a better idea of what to expect). The disc itself also comes packed with a notable collection of bonus content including an ‘Audio Commentary with Cameron Crowe and Nancy Wilson’, along with the new Retrospective Featurette ‘Filmmaker Focus: Cameron Crowe on Vanilla Sky’ (running approximately 9 minutes in length). We are also treated to an ‘Alternate Ending with Optional Commentary by Cameron Crowe’ (running approximately 30 minutes), in addition to some ‘Deleted Scenes with Optional Commentary by Crowe’ (approximately 34 minutes in total) and a ‘Gag Reel’ (approximately 5 minutes). The release also features some other Behind the Scenes Featurettes, fun videos and test reels, plus more including ‘Prelude to a Dream’ (approximately 6 minutes), ‘Hitting it Hard’ (10 minutes), ‘An Interview with Paul McCartney’ (90 seconds), ‘Mask Test with Optional Commentary by Crowe’ (3 minutes), plus a ‘Kurt Russell Single Take with Optional Commentary by Crowe’ (6 minutes) the Music Video for “Afrika Shox” by Leftfield/Afrika Bambaataa (4 minutes) and a ‘Photo Gallery with an Audio Introduction by Photographer Neal Preston’. An ‘Unreleased Teaser Trailer’ (2 minutes) and the ‘International Trailer’ (3 minutes) for the film are also included.
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Disc Rating: 9/10
‘Vanilla Sky’ is Now Available to Own on Blu-ray; Newly Remastered as part of the ‘Paramount Presents’ Blu-ray line from Paramount Home Entertainment
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