in Time" on DVD
for the Ages
Christopher Reeve is young playwright Richard Collier, a man who throws
away his present life for a chance at happiness in the past in Jeannot
Szwarc's version of the Richard Matheson science fantasy novel.
While at college, Collier's given a pocket watch by a mysterious old
woman who, after some research on Reeve's part, turns out to have been
Elise McKenna, the Grand Dame of the American stage back in the early
Collier discovers a picture of the actress as a young woman (not surprisingly,
she looks surprisingly like Jane Seymour, who brings a lot of class to
the role) and is positively smitten. This raises the Big Question: how
to meet this woman of his dreams - a woman who, even if she weren't dead,
would be some fifty or more years older than he.
He finds a way, of course, otherwise it would be a pretty short film.
He learns that through the power of positive thinking he can project himself
into the past and, so long as nothing from the present appears to spoil
the illusion, live, breathe and live in that bygone era.
Reeve is fine as Collier, and Seymour is wonderful as his love interest.
The only major supporting role is played by Christopher Plummer, as McKenna's
agent and mentor, and he turns in his typically good performance.
"Somewhere in Time" is a slow-moving, gentle romantic fantasy with no
real action or sci-fi special effects. That all works to help the movie,
however, rather than detract from it. This is at heart a small and intimate
film, and it works on those levels
The Collector's Edition DVD unfortunately suffers from a horrible oversight:
it isn't truly in widescreen. The menus fill the 16x9 screen, but the
movie itself reverts to being letterboxed inside a 4:3 window and you
have to zoom it out to fill the screen (assuming your TV has such a feature),
which adds a certain sense of pixilization to it. This is particularly
annoying because the picture's grainy in many places (which we suspect
is deliberate on the part of the filmmakers, who are giving the film an
"old" look) and the extra grain makes this worse.
The audio, which is Dolby Digital 2.0 channel mono, is okay.
Extras include a liner essay, "Back to Somewhere in Time" (an original
documentary on the film), a feature length commentary from the director,
fan club info, Production photos and notes, the trailer, and cast/filmmaker
This is a good little movie, but the DVD is spoiled by its lack of true
widescreen, which has the effect of penalizing those who've shelled out
the bucks to help advance the state of the home theater art.
Somewhere in Time, from Universal Home Video
104 minutes, Widescreen (1.85:1) (not enhanced for widescreen TV's), Dolby
Digital 2.0 mono
Starring Christopher Reeve, Jane Seymour, Christopher Plummer
Produced by Stephen Deutsch
Written by Richard Matheson, Directed by Jeannot Szwarc
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