Retro Review: Dreamscape (Blu Ray)

A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by a government agency experimenting with the use of the dream-sharing technology

Synopsis: A young psychic on the run from himself is recruited by a government agency experimenting with the use of the dream-sharing technology and is given the inverse task of planting an idea into the mind of the U.S. president.

Review: Released earlier this week in the UK. Dreamscape has finally made its way onto the HD format and it looks really nice cleaned up.

The film, which was an early starring role for Dennis Quaid and Kate Capshaw is a thrill ride, which deals with being able to astral project into peoples dreams. Its a fantastic idea filled with all manner of possibilities.

In terms of storyline the film has a very 1970’s feel in spite of the fact that it was made in 1984.

Directed by Joseph Ruben the film features a lot of practical special effects, which granted look pretty dated by todays standards, but look pretty cool anyway. I especially loved the snake man, which is a character that everyone thinks of whenever this film is mentioned.

Eddie Albert’s President takes down the villain while in the Dreamscape.

Dennis Quaid is extremely likeable as the hero of the film and Kate Capshaw in an early role makes for an interesting love interest. However I can’t help but feel that Eddie Albert is kind of typecast as the President given that he played the same role in Escape From New York.

The real bigs hitters in this movie are Christopher Plummer as the extremely manipulative Bob Blair and Max Von Sydow as the lead researcher into the dreamscape program.

Also putting in a star turn was David Patrick Kelly who plays a compelling villain and rival to Dennis Quaid’s character.

The sequences where Alex entered into other peoples dreams have a somewhat interesting visual style to them where it looks both real and kind of dream like.

Dreamscape is a really enjoyable movie and the type of film that just isn’t made today.

From a story point of view there is quite a lot of set up going on. But its done in such a way that keeps you engaged and invested in the story.

The only thing I wasn’t overly impressed with at times was the soundtrack. While it does some really interesting things with early synth technologies and so forth. There were parts of it that kind of grated.

Extras: This set is loaded with extras. You get an audio commentary, an interview with Dennis Quaid who fondly looks back on the movie. A documentary, which talks about the making of the film. Some test footage of the Snakeman and loads more.

Overall: This is a great package and well worth owning if your a fan 80’s science fiction. The acting performances are great and its a really interesting and fun story with great character beats and really nice pacing.

Dreamscape is available to buy now on Blu Ray from all good retailers.

Dreamscape (Blu Ray)
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Special Effects
  • Incidental Music
  • Blu Ray Extras

Ian Cullen is the founder of and has been a fan of science fiction and fantasy from birth. In the past few years he has written for 'Star Trek' Magazine as well as interviewed numerous comics writers, television producers and actors for the SFP-NOW podcast at: When he is not writing for Ian enjoys playing his guitar, studying music, watching movies and reading his comics. Ian is both the founder and owner of You can contact ian at:
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