The Sandman – The DVDfever Review – Netflix – Tom Sturridge

The Sandman The Sandman begins in 1916, at Wych Cross, England, and in the waking world, aka the ‘real world’.

Meanwhile, the titular Sandman is in the dream world, with Dream (Tom SturridgeRemainder, Journey’s End) being the King of Dreams and Nightmares. However, my dreams don’t take place in a fantasy world, but instead, usually involve Jennifer Aniston, but that’s probably too much information…

Enter two acting legends in the form of Bill Patterson and Charles Dance, the latter as Roderick Burgess*, the latter of whom resdes in a huge mansion. Prior to the first episode, they’ve both suffered the loss of a son, with Bill’s son’s passing being caused since his boat was wrecked. However, he has a book of spells, which Charles thinks will allow both their sons to come back to life, by summoning and imprisoning Death.

Hmm…. well, I was sure things wouldn’t work out quite that smoothly, and I’d only been watching for five minutes!

(*And yep, I’m referred to them by their real names. It’s just easier when the rest of what’s going on is so crazy-complex)

There’s individuals known as The Endless, who are friends of the Grim Reaper, so you have to keep them close to you, and Charles has been assigned Dream, who spends a fair amount of time in a sort-of unescapable cage. He also doesn’t say much, and the warning comes: Don’t fall asleep and let him into your dreams…

So, he’s a bit like Freddy Krueger, then?

Ultimately, certain circumstances lead to the young man getting out of his cage, in the present day, and he’s off in search of three stolen elements of his: helm, sand and ruby.

Naturally, there’s a bunch of plot elements that I can’t spoil prior to release. However, while I wouldn’t give such spoilers anyway, you’re assuming I actually understand a jot of what’s going on. That said, I know its target audience will love it, especially if they love the comic books, since it;’s that sort of show. However, to me, everyone talks in such serious tones, as if the fate of the world is at their hands… then again, it usually is in these sorts of dramas.

Also, the end of episode 1 also gives a preview of the entire season. I thought… maybe that would help explain things to me? Nope.

What I do know, is that it’s shot in a 2.39:1 cinematic widescreen ratio, but some slight squeezing, so technically, it’s shot with a wider ratio.

Thanks to our friends at Netflix for the screener prior to release.

The Sandman! is not available to pre-order on Blu-ray or DVD, but is on Netflix from Friday August 5th.

The Sandman – Official Trailer – Netflix

Detailed specs:

Running time: 40-60 minutes per episode (10 episodes)
Release date: August 5th 2022
Studio: Netflix
Format: 2.39:1 (or wider?)

Series Directors: Jamie Childs, Andrés Baiz, Louise Hooper, Mairzee Almas, Mike Barker, Coralie Fargeat, Hisko Hulsing
Producers: Samson Mucke, Alexander Newman-Wise, Iain Smith
Developers: Neil Gaiman, David S Goyer, Allan Heinberg
Writers: Neil Gaiman, David S Goyer, Allan Heinberg, Lauren Bello, Heather Bellson, Vanessa Benton, Jim Campolongo, Jay Franklin, Austin Guzman, Alexander Newman-Wise, Ameni Rozsa, Catherine Smyth-McMullen
Comics: Mike Dringenberg, Sam Kieth
Music: David Buckley

Dream: Tom Sturridge
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inthian: Boyd Holbrook
Johanna Constantine: Jenna Coleman
Lucifer: Gwendoline Christie
Desire: Mason Alexander Park
Death: Kirby Howell-Baptiste
Matthew the Raven: Patton Oswalt
John Dee: David Thewlis
Roderick Burgess: Charles Dance
Ethel Cripps: Joely Richardson
Gilbert: Stephen Fry
Despair: Donna Preston
Young Ethel Cripps: Niamh Walsh
Lyta Hall: Razane Jammal
Cain: Sanjeev Bhaskar
Lucienne: Vivienne Acheampong
Fate Mother: Nina Wadia
Hob Gadling: Ferdinand Kingsley
Rose Walker: Vanesu Samunyai
Abel: Asim Chaudhry
Fate Crone: Souad Faress
Unity Kincaid: Sandra James-Young
Jed Walker: Eddie Karanja
Miranda Walker: Andi Osho
Hector Hall: Lloyd Everitt
Barnaby: Sam Hazeldine
Carl: Ben Wiggins