Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 30th, 2014
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 2012
Director: Ryan Darst
Writers: Whit Hertford, Robert J. Gibbs
Cast: Whit Hertford, Mary Kate Wiles, Nora Kirkpatrick, Matt Bush, Matt Jones, Nick Thune, Johnny Pemberton
BluRay released: January 7th, 2014
Approximate running time: 93 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 English, Dolby Digital Stereo English
Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
BluRay Release: Sneak Attack Films
Region Coding: Region A
Retail Price: $19.96
We all have our dreams and as we grow older they are either fully realized or tossed aside due to new responsibilities that now dominate our lives. Unfortunately following through on said dreams is not an easy task and only those with the strongest fortitude ever seem to fully realize their ambitions.
This brings us to Dreamworld a film that revolves around a protagonist who time and again comes up just short in regards to his desire to be an animator. Fortunately this film does not take on the underdog that overcomes great odds mantra. Instead there is a clear progressive of this film’s protagonist’s evolution from daydreamer on the outside looking in and to becoming the person he always dreamed he could be.
Though there are many well rounded characters that come in and out of the protagonists’ life throughout this film. It is the free spirited young woman named Lily that bewitches his soul and ultimately guides him along this treacherous journey of self discovery.
Content wise this film is a melting pot of several genres, drama, comedy and romance and yet the end result isn’t like anything one would expect from any of these genres individually. This story is first and foremost about its characters, thankfully they are well rounded and multidimensional.
Performance wise the entire cast is a joy to watch especially this film’s two leads Whit Hertford in the role of an aspiring animator named Oliver and Mary Kate Wiles in the role of his muse Lily. They have a tremendous amount of chemistry and the moments they are together onscreen are truly amazing.
Overall Dreamworld is exceptional melodrama that reminds us that when it comes to dreams that it is never too late finish things once they have been left in limbo.
Dreamworld comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. This is strong transfer that retains the intended look of the film. There are no issues with compression or DNR.
This release comes with two audio options, a Dolby Digital 5.1 mix in English and a Dolby Digital Stereo mix in English.The audio sounds clean, clear and balanced throughout. Also included with this release are three subtitle options, English, French and Spanish.
Extras for this release include a trailer for the film, artwork & photos, Oliver & Lily’s Blog (their earliest interactions via Tumbler), Life After Myth (the actual pitch / animated by Puny), three shorts films, ‘Long Story Short’ (19 minutes 52 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen), ‘Elliot’ (19 minutes 52 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen), (13 minutes 10 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen) and ‘Tomorrow’ (16 minutes 38 seconds – 1080 Progressive Widescreen) and a audio commentary with director Ryan Darst and co-writer / actor Whit Hertford. This release comes with a wide array of extra content which is highlighted by a very informative audio commentary track that covers all the bases in regards to this production. Overall Dreamworld gets a solid release from Sneak Attack Films.
Note: This film is also being released by Sneak Attack Films on DVD.