Home Entertainment's Vanilla Sky offers the viewer
the chance to discover the truth and consequences of love
at first sight. The movie which witnessed love blossom both
on and off screen stars Tom Cruise and Penelope Cruz.
Aames has it all. Money, looks, women, success... until a
chance meeting with a beautiful woman changes his life forever.
a New York City publishing executive, David lives life to
the extreme. He has a passion for fast cars and fast women
- actress Julie Gianni (Cameron Diaz) being his latest fling.
But during the week he turns 33, David goes through a midlife
crisis and starts to question his views of life and love a
a birthday party thrown by his best friend, David meets and
falls instantly in love with Sofia, a beautiful dancer who
captures his imagination like no one has before and they spend
a wonderful night together. But on leaving Sofia's apartment
the next morning, David runs into Julie. He gets into her
car - a twist of fate that is to alter his life forever -
and in a fit of rage about his casual treatment of her, she
drives her car off a bridge.
Julie dead and David horribly disfigured he struggles to come
to terms with what has happened to him. Vanilla Sky will
make you question your perceptions of love, hate, dreams,
life, work, play, friendship and sex.
movie was adapted from Alejandro Amenábar's Spanish movie
Abre Los Ojos (Open your Eyes) by director/writer
Cameron Crowe (Jerry Maguire and Almost Famous).
Vanilla Sky stars and was produced by Tom Cruise (M:I-2,
Mission Impossible and The Firm). Penelope Cruz
(Captain Corelli's Mandarin and Blow) portrays
the role of Sofia - a role that she made her own in Amenábar's
Cameron Diaz (Charlie's Angels, My Best Friend's Wedding
and There's Something About Mary) and Kurt Russell
(Escape from New York and Backdraft) also star
and British actor Timothy Spall (Auf Wiedersehen Pet, Rock
Star, and Secrets and Lies) makes an appearance
as Aames' lawyer.
The movie was shot over six weeks in New York during the city's
peak Christmas season, moving between Central Park, the Upper
West Side, Times Square, Soho and Brooklyn which provided
a spectacle for the thousands of tourists and Christmas shoppers.
of the film's most ambitious and memorable scenes was filmed
in Times Square. It features Tom Cruise's character driving
into the square only to find that it is totally deserted.
In an unprecedented move, the city gave Vanilla Sky
permission to close Times Square one Sunday for the duration
of the shoot.
scene required the development of a completely new rig which
could ensure that the camera was low enough to meet Cruise
as he drove into Times Square, but also able to pan away high
above to reveal the full and breathtaking magnitude of the
Publishing and David's office were actually the offices of
Vanity Fair in the new 48 story Condé Nast building
on Times Square. The office of Graydon Carter, Vanity Fair's
editor, with its broad window overlooking the hectic panorama
of Christmas in the heart of Manhattan, made the perfect workspace
for the David Aames character. Most of the interior shots
were filmed on the Paramount lot in Los Angeles, including
the scenes in David's sprawling apartment - a high-ceilinged,
multi-roomed place, impeccably decorated in muted blues and
Designer Catherine Hardwicke explains, "This guy has the money
to have elegant things and the indulgence of a gorgeous space
in New York to display them." To that end, Hardwicke adorned
the walls with reproductions of classic works by Balthus,
Rothko and Matisse as well as some quirky personal items such
as a handpainted skateboard emblazoned with the image of David
Bowie; a huge surfboard sculpture from Hardwicke's own collection;
and an homage to Cameron Crowe's rock and roll past in the
form of several guitars, including a smashed one, lovingly
framed behind glass.
artwork was key in emphasising the different facets of Aames'
personality. Hardwicke explains, "..it was very important
to give his character one or two blue chip pieces, like a
Van Gogh and a huge looming painting of his father. The idea
was to splice Aames' present life, such as his love of skateboards
and guitars, with his past life, represented by his father's
DVD comes loaded with a host of extra features. Cameron
Crowe himself played an integral part in putting together
a complete package that would really give the audience
an astonishing insight.
commentary by Cameron Crowe Crowe guides the audience
through his masterpiece with obvious pride, pointing
out curious information on the production of certain
scenes and how the casting choices came to be made.
He is joined in parts by composer Nancy Wilson (formerly
of rock group Heart, who also happens to be his
wife) and Tom Cruise.
One - Prelude to a Dream This featurette takes
a behind-the-scenes look at casting decisions, early
rehearsal footage and screen tests, and some of the
most memorable scenes of the film, providing the audience
with useful orientation. Find out exactly how the crew
were able to shut down New York's Times Square for a
number of hours on a Sunday morning and what it was
that appealed to director Cameron Crowe about the prospect
of remaking Abre Los Ojos.
Two - Hitting it Hard Tom, Penelope and Cameron
let us in on some of their personal home videos, filmed
during the worldwide promotional tour for Vanilla
Sky. It captures the now highly publicised Cruz
and Cruise during their more intimate moments, showing
them sleeping, cuddling and goofing around together.
You can even check out Penelope's flamenco dancing skills
when the couple visit her family home in Spain. A must
for all Tom and Penelope fans.
with Paul McCartney - The legendary songwriter talks
about his Oscar nominated title track - Vanilla Sky.
Shox music video By Leftfield and Afrika Bambaataa.
gallery Introduced by photographer Neil Preston.
theatrical trailers (one previously unreleased)
Egg Amusing bloopers and outtakes from the Vanilla