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Probably one of the best thrillers of the '80s was Sea of Love, which impressed critics and audiences alike with its clever casting and genuinely suspenseful narrative. Unfortunately, this poor disc does the film a complete injustice. It is presented in 4:3 regular format, when Harold Becker's stylish direction surely deserved widescreen. The picture quality is otherwise adequate, as is the sound, though again there is only Dolby Surround Sound when a Digital 5.1 track would have been far more suitable (the film ...
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Probably one of the best thrillers of the '80s was Sea of Love, which impressed critics and audiences alike with its clever casting and genuinely suspenseful narrative. Unfortunately, this poor disc does the film a complete injustice. It is presented in 4:3 regular format, when Harold Becker's stylish direction surely deserved widescreen. The picture quality is otherwise adequate, as is the sound, though again there is only Dolby Surround Sound when a Digital 5.1 track would have been far more suitable (the film does, after all, heavily feature a song). The extra features are basic to say the least, amounting to only the original theatrical trailer and some cursory production notes. It is surprising and disappointing that no retrospective featurette or feature commentary is provided. As it is, this disc is only slightly better than a videocassette edition, and is a disservice to both the film and to the DVD format in general.
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Special Features

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Editorial Reviews

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This high-quality contemporary film noir depends primarily on the skills of Al Pacino, who delivers a comeback performance as the desperate cop falling for one of his suspects. Pacino had appeared on screen only once since Scarface -- in 1985's flop Revolution -- and Sea of Love was widely considered some of his best work since the mid-1970s. As the femme fatale, Ellen Barkin charges the movie with sexual energy and anguish. Based on his novel Ladies' Man, Richard Price's screenplay is by turns funny, suspenseful, and melancholic as it pays homage to the classic film noir structure. The material is perfectly suited not only to Pacino's performance but also to the appropriately pallid cinematography of Ronnie Taylor.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 5/26/1998
  • UPC: 025192022623
  • Original Release: 1989
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  • Source: Universal Studios
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Pan & Scan
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: English, Fran├žais
  • Time: 1:53:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Al Pacino Frank Keller
Ellen Barkin Helen Cruger
John Goodman Sherman
Michael Rooker Terry
William Hickey Frank Keller, Sr.
Richard Jenkins Gruber
Barbara Baxley Miss Allen
Patricia Barry Older Woman
Jacqueline Brookes Helen's Mother
Michael O'Neill Raymond Brown
Paul Calderon Serafino
Gene Canfield Struk
Larry Joshua Dargan
John Spencer Lieutenant
Mark Phelan Murdered Man
Manny Alfaro Doorman
Rafael Baez Efram Maldonado
Nancy Beatty Raymond Brown's Wife
Wayne Best Hallway Cop
Lorraine Bracco Franks Ex-Wife (footage added for TV)
Thom Curley Toastmaster
Christofer de Oni Supermarket Manager
Miranda de Pencier Bride
Tony de Santis Clipboard Guy #1
Ferne Downey Sasha
Christine Estabrook Gina Gallagher
Michael Fischetti Doorman
Franz Fridal Criminal Type
Nancy Gianzero Chris
Bill Haslett Surveillance Team
Philip Ho Karate Cop
Paul Hubbard Yuppie Detective
Samuel L. Jackson Black Guy
James Kidnie Surveillance Team
Jackie Laidlaw Yuppie Detective
Damien Leake Ernest Lee
Gerald Lenton Murdered Man
Dwayne McClary Supermarket Cashier
Delaney Moore-Wickham Helen's Daughter
Joshua Nelson Willie
James O'Regan Hallway Cop
Bridget O'Sullivan Sherman's Wife
Brian Paul Mackey
Luis Ramos Omar Maldonado
Fred Sanders Cable Supervisor
Zachary Michael Simmons Ernest's Son
Igor Stern Violinist
Deborah Taylor Tense Woman
Ty Templeton Groom
John Thaddeus Tommy
Hugh Thompson Young Cop
Thomas Wagner Bartender
Technical Credits
Harold Becker Director
Kenny Bates Stunts
David Blewitt Editor
Steve M. Boyum Stunts
Martin Bregman Co-producer
Michael S. Bregman Associate Producer
David Bretherton Editor
Shane Cardwell Stunts
Andy Chmura Camera Operator
Mary Colquhoun Casting
Betsy Cox Costumes/Costume Designer
Adam Holender Cinematographer
Buddy Joe Hooker Stunts
Hank Hooker Stunts
Trevor Jones Score Composer
Barbara Kelly Production Manager
Barbara Kelly Production Manager
Irene Kent Makeup
John J. Moore Production Designer
Michael Polakow Editor
Richard Price Screenwriter
Gordon Sim Set Decoration/Design
Louis A. Stroller Co-producer
Ronnie Taylor Cinematographer
Glenn Wilder Stunts
Dick Ziker Stunts
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Scene Index

Menu Group #1 with 16 chapter(s) covering 01:52:45
0. Menu Group #1 with 16 chapter(s) covering 01:52:45
1. Main Titles. [3:34]
2. New York's Finest Yankees. [7:10]
3. Frank's On The Case. [7:31]
4. A Partner In Crime-Fighting. [8:10]
5. Looking For Miss Wrong. [7:24]
6. The Trap Is Set. [4:47]
7. Three Blind Dates. [6:23]
8. Desperate Foolish Things. [12:27]
9. "Are We Still Alive?" [6:25]
10. Sea Of Lies. [6:37]
11. Sexy Shopping. [7:43]
12. If You Live With A Cop. [8:16]
13. Sea Of Suspicion. [4:51]
14. Showdown With Helen. [6:58]
15. Frank And The Killer. [4:18]
16. Good-Byes And No More Lies. [10:02]
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Menu

Side #1
Side #1
Production Notes.
Cast And Filmmakers.
Theatrical Trailer.
Spoken Language.
Captions And Subtitles.
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    STYLIZED EROTICA

    With the exception of SCARFACE, Pacino had a series of clunkers in the 1980's. This 1989 work can be considered a comeback move for one of America's greatest actors...this is thriller erotica oozing in NYC style. Harold Becker's best work since THE ONION FIELD, and it holds you scene to scene. Ellen Barkin literally walks off with the film when she meets Pacino's character in a West Side supermarket wearing only heels and a trenchcoat. It was enough to make me shop there.

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