SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE: DVD
Recently-widowed Samís (Tom Hanks) 8 year old son (Ross Malinger) calls a radio talk show in an attempt to find his father a partner. Across the country, Annie (Meg Ryan) is one of the many women moved by the kidís story, nut sheís due to marry Walter (Bill Pullman) very soon. Unless of course Sam is actually her Mr Right, which she canít resist trying to find out.
"Just like its central theme of romance and magic, Sleepless in Seattle is one of
those magical films that bewitches. Yes, it helps if you're a romantic and you like your
films aimed directly at the heart, but this sensitive and funny screenplay in the hands of
two irresistible star performers, makes it a film you'll enjoy over and over again. It
took me a while to work out how to access the isolated track of gorgeous songs and Marc
Shaiman's score, through the Languages/Audio set up, but it's a feature well worth
finding. The music truly magnifies our emotions and there are sections of the film that
are most enjoyable watched only with the music accompaniment. From Jimmy Durante's rasping
'As Time Goes By' over the starry credits to an unexpected version of Somewhere Over the
Rainbow and In the Wee Small Hours, the colours of our emotions are nurtured. Listening to
Rob Reiner dubbed in French explaining about Tira Misu is a hoot; you can hear the film in
English, French, German, Italian or Spanish.
"How many times have you been in a relationship and you know it should be work,
but how much work?" Laughs Meg Ryan in an engaging behind-the-scenes featurette.
"When I was growing up," she adds "I used to ask myself 'where is the guy
I'm going to marry? What is he doing right now? Some day destiny will take a hand and
we'll meet and fall in love." Tom Hanks adds that dating is a necessary evil and how
it changes over time. In college it's about sexual conquest, but later, it's about not
In the director's commentary, Nora Ephron talks about the timelessness of the story and
how although we all live in different places, we are all connected by radio, television
and now, the internet. She is joined by her (uncredited) sister, a journalist and
novelist, who was brought into the project to help solve some of the character-related
problems that were inherent in the script. Hanks was concerned that his character not be
wimpy, and he wrote huge sections of the all-important pivotal telephone scene himself.
His performance is heart-wrenching, understated and never sentimental. Ephron's only
guidance to Ryan in playing the part was that she was playing a Republican who had never
had an orgasm.
It's quite extraordinary that although the two central characters don't actually meet
until the end of the movie, we feel as though they are connected throughout. That's how I
feel about Sleepless in Seattle, a movie to enjoy alone or with your lover."
Publication date: October 26, 2000
We gratefully acknowledge the complimentary use of a DVD player from Philips.
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SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE (PG) 1993
CAST: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan
DIRECTOR/WRITER: Nora Ephron
RUNNING TIME: 101mins
DVD RELEASE: October 24, 2000
DISTRIBUTOR: Warner Home Video
Audio commentary by Nora Ephron
Isolated track of songs & Marc Shaiman's music score
Behind-the scenes featurette
Languages: English, French, German, Italian, Spanish
Dolby Digital in Surround sound
Languages in Doby Mono 1.0: French, Italian
Subtitles: English, Greek, French, German, Italian, Spanish, Polish, Czech, Hungarian,
Hindi, Turkish, Danish, Arabic, Swedish, Finnish, Icelandic, Dutch, Norwegian, Portuguese,