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Somewhere in Time (Widescreen) (Version française)
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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
En mai 1972, Richard Collier est abordé en coulisses le soir de la première représentation de sa toute première pièce de théâtre par une vieille dame qui lui remet une montre et le supplie de 'revenir à elle'. Huit ans plus tard, alors qu'il essaye de trouver l'inspiration pour sa nouvelle pièce au 'Grand Hôtel', il est étrangement captivé par la beauté d'une jeune femme sur une vieille photographie. Avec l'aide de Arthur Biehl, un vieil homme qui travaille dans l'hôtel depuis 1910, Richard découvre que cette femme est Elise Mc Kenna, une célèbre actrice des années 1920, qui séjournait dans ce même hôtel en 1912. En approfondissant ses recherches, il découvre qu'Elise était la vieille dame qui lui avait remis la montre 8 ans plus tôt, et qu'elle est morte le soir de leur rencontre. La piste d'Elise mène également Richard à un professeur d'université, spécialiste de l'auto-suggestion, qui selon lui, permettrait de voyager dans le temps. Pour y parvenir, le sujet doit écarter de sa vue tout élément en relation avec son époque présente, et se convaincre qu'il est dans le passé. De retour à sa chambre, Richard essaie d'appliquer ce principe dans le but de revenir en 1912, sans succès. Alors qu'il est sur le point de renoncer, il découvre dans un vieux registre de l'hôtel datant de 1912 sa propre signature, preuve qu'il va, ou qu'il a déjà réussi. S'engage alors un voyage dans le temps, où Richard abandonnera son époque pour trouver l'amour dans le passé.
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In many ways, this is Reeve's movie. He almost ruins it with his occasional lapses into Clark-Kentish oafishness, but he also injects into the film its dreamy sweetness, with his hungering eyes and his boyish awe of Miss Seymour. Speaking of her, I think she is one of the most beautiful and competent screen actresses in films and I have no idea why she never really became a huge movie star.
Christopher Plummer adds the right notes of meanness, thinly-veiled jealousy, lurking menace, and his own inner hurt as the blunt end of a love triangle. He also embodies reality, reminding us, by his dissapproving presence, of the vulnerability of the fragile love affair between Reeves and Seymour.
The special segment on the making of the film (in the collector's edition DVD) is a good one. It convincingly shows that the director, crew, and cast loved making this film and had high hopes for it. It also provides some interesting insights into how the novel was adapted for the screen and the choices, sometimes painful, that had to be made in the process. It's gratifying that this segment, which is low-key and refreshingly sincere, features the three principal stars of the film, the director, the composer, the author, and other players and crew members.Read more ›
Somewhere In Time arrives on blu-ray with MPEG-4 AVC @ 31.99 Mbps 1080p 1.85:1 encode. Cinematographer Isidore Mankofsky shot the film with different stocks for scenes set in 1912 and those in the present. The Fuji stock used for scenes in 1912 produced lighter colours and a softer image, which Mankofsky further softened with diffusion filters. The 1980 scenes were shot with Kodak films, which were clearer and sharper than the 1912 counterparts. The strongest element is the palette. The present-day scenes have saturated colours, realistic and, where appropriate, deeply rich. Detail is generally quite good, although, as noted, the image for the 1912 scenes has been deliberately softened and diffused. Nevertheless, the fine points of the period costumes are readily discernible, and so are facial details. Thanks to Universal’s restraint in DNR, a healthy level of grain is present. Unfortunately, dirt and defects are noticeable for this 34 year old film. (3.5/5)
The film's original mono mix is presented in lossless DTS-HD MA 2.0. It's a wonderful mix, especially John Barry’s beautifully haunting score, now in stereo, including Rachmaninoff’s Rhapsody On A Theme of Paganini, with Chet Swiatkowsky on piano solo. Barry’s selection of this piece on a key plot point in the story really enriched my viewing experience. By the way, the Title Theme From Somewhere In Time was performed by Roger Williams. Dialogue also comes across crisp and clear. (4/5)
Somewhere In Time is one of my all-time favourite movie. There's never been a movie that's given me the kind of emotional impact – the pure joy of great storytelling and sadness of true loss – as this film has.Read more ›
A truely heartwarming, moving, lovley story.
me on a road trip for a few days and we stayed on Macinack Istand, dined at the Grand Hotel where this movie was made. What a wonderful time we had.........then we went to Manitoulin Island where my son has a cottage and we watched the
movie. Amazed that all the carpet etc. has been duplicated to be the same as the original.
I lost my copy of the movie and was so pleased to find it for sale with Amazon and was able to purchase it again.
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Beautifull love story. The music is marvelous. The actors number 1Published 3 months ago by Claroben01
Le film a quand même bien vieilli. C'est la musique qui domine le film. Elle est simplement divine. Le film en vaut le détour justement à cause de la musique.Published 5 months ago by Richard St-Laurent
nice, sort of ''chick flick'', but a good love story, somewhat differ from the original story in the book of same title, worth watching...Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
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