The presence of wunderkind child actor Fanning is a telltale that sappiness will ensue, and she doesn’t disappoint. (Isn’t she supposed to be in school?) She’s presented, as always, as the little engine that could, she brings everyone together and makes everything work out with the crack of her little smile. Why Russell (so great as Snake Plissken and Jack Burton to name a few!) would want to take on this one is definitely an unsolved mystery. If fact, the same goes for all the actors who are wasted and relegated to the sidelines in this one – Kristofferson as the aging grandfather, Elisabeth Shue as the throwaway wife (did she need a paycheck?), Luis Guzman as the jolly ranch hand (what a waste!), and character actor David Morse as the mean man (why David, why?) – they all deserve so much better. I know that sometimes actors do films just so their kids can watch it, but my suggestion is break out the video camera and keep it in the family, guys. DREAMER almost gives films that are good in this category a bad name and just goes to show that all the greatest actors in the world can’t do it on their own. Is it a good movie? Dream on.
Who is Mariah’s Storm (5:06): You gotta love when a featurette starts off with scenery and then goes to film footage. Then this one moves into doc mode, complete with a narrator with a monotone voice (was Morgan Freeman busy?), as he talks about a real horse that had the same dilemma as the one in the film. It manages to be even more boring then anything I’ve seen on the Discovery Channel.
On The Set: Working With Thoroughbreds (11:05): Technical people talking about the various horses used in the film, showing why the horses will or will not do certain things. (Maybe they don’t appreciate SAG scale!) For lovers of these animals only, for the rest it’s just horseplay.
Taking Care Of Horses (5:36): Starts with all the actors discussing the horses and how wonderful Fanning is as a free spirit. Combine that with a now mundane female narrator discussing how to actually groom a horse and you have a firm argument for committing suicide!
Meet the Dreamer Dream Cast (17:00): I thought this one would start off talking about the actors in the film, but the first part is Director Gatins talking and talking some more. (Didn’t we hear enough during the commentary?!) Then the actors talk about how great Gatins is and yes, he talks some more. A big kiss, kiss, hug, hug fest and you have a front row seat! (Word to the wise, run!)
Deleted Scenes (6:10): No play all here and it’s probably a good thing!
• Chief’s Crown (2:33): Another father and daughter bonding scene, revealing why Russell is so bitter. At least director Gatins had enough sense to know that some things are better left unsaid.
• Ben Asks For His Old Job Back (3:37): A scene of Russell asking for his job back. Thank God it was taken out, as it goes against everything Russell’s character stood for. In fact, it shouldn’t have even been included on this disc.
”Dreamer” Music Video Featuring Bethany Dillon (3:23): If you love the guitar wielding Bethany, have at it!
Trackside Live “Dreamer” Segment (8:56): A TV interview with Gatins, talking about the film. I think I’ve heard enough of Gatins to last me a lifetime!
There is a Previews section featuring trailers from MADAGASCAR, SHARK TALE, SHREK 2, SPIRIT: STALLION OF THE CIMARRON, JUST LIKE HEAVEN, NANNY MCPHEE, and THE ADVENTURES OF BRER RABBIT.