Sleepless in Seattle

Sleepless in Seattle

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Director: Nora Ephron

Cast: Nora Ephron, Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman

     
 

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Nora Ephron's 1993 romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle gets another DVD release with this Tenth Anniversary Edition from Columbia TriStar. The film is presented in both widescreen anamorphic and full-screen versions. The Dolby Digital Surround soundtrack is in English only, but the subtitles are available in English, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. Director EphronSee more details below

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Overview

Nora Ephron's 1993 romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle gets another DVD release with this Tenth Anniversary Edition from Columbia TriStar. The film is presented in both widescreen anamorphic and full-screen versions. The Dolby Digital Surround soundtrack is in English only, but the subtitles are available in English, Chinese, Korean, and Thai. Director Ephron provides the commentary track with her sister and co-writer, Delia Ephron. Also includes the original theatrical trailer, the featurette "Love in the Movies," and a music video for "When I Fall in Love" with Celine Dion and Clive Griffin. Other than the silver heading on the cover art, the only discernible feature that makes this edition any better than the original 1999 Special Edition is the ten-dollar Starbucks mail-in rebate gift card inside the DVD packaging.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Costello
Nora Ephron's gentle romantic comedy, a throwback to the tearjerkers of the '40s and '50s, is saved from mawkishness by a combination of deft one-liners and a typically winning performance by Tom Hanks. Ephron, who made her reputation as a tough, no-nonsense journalist and author in the '60s before moving on to screenwriting, was also famous for having eviscerated her two ex-husbands in print. Whether her late-career foray into romantic comedy signaled a new-found vulnerability or a keen awareness of film industry economics, only she can say. The film uses Leo McCarey's An Affair to Remember (1957) as a touchstone, and its gossamer plot is similarly based on coincidence, as an affianced journalist (Meg Ryan) becomes enamored of an architect (Hanks) after hearing him express his love for his deceased wife on a radio call-in show. Though the film offers little in the way of surprise, Ephron was shrewd in casting Hanks, an actor whose rare ability to play both his character's melancholy and deadpan wit help to keep the project's saccharine quotient at a tolerable level. Ross Malinger, who plays his young son, also scores here, a kid with the timing and delivery of a veteran tummler. Ryan is appealing, but is saddled with a vague character defined mostly by her date with destiny. To enhance the mood the film, it features a soundtrack of love songs from earlier decades by the likes of Nat King Cole and Ray Charles, which can be enjoyed even by those who are a mite skeptical about what they've been watching.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/07/2003
UPC:
0043396016323
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Stereo]
Time:
1:45:00
Sales rank:
11,779

Special Features

Closed Caption; Nora and Deliah Ephron audio commentary; Love in the movies featurette; Music video - "When I Fall in Love" by Celine Dion and Clive Griffin; Talent files; Theatrical trailers

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tom Hanks Sam Baldwin
Meg Ryan Annie Reed
Bill Pullman Walter
Ross Malinger Jonah Baldwin
Rosie O'Donnell Becky
Victor Garber Greg
Rob Reiner Jay
Dana Ivey Claire
Gaby Hoffmann Jessica
Rita Wilson Suzy
Barbara Garrick Victoria
Carey Lowell Maggie Baldwin
Juliet Taylor Actor
Sarah Trigger Actor
Le Clanche DuRand Barbara Reed
Calvin Trillin Uncle Milton
Tom Riis Farrell Rob
Kevin O'Morrison Cliff Reed
David Hyde Pierce Dennis Reed
Frances Conroy Irene Reed
Tom Tammi Harold Reed
Caroline Aaron Dr. Marcia Fieldstone
Linda Wallem Loretta
La Tanya Richardson Harriet
Tom McGowan Keith
Brian McConnachie Bob
Matt Smith Mailman
Victor Morris Seattle Maitre D'
Donald Lee Seattle Detective
Diane Sokolow Tiffany Saleswoman
Hannah Cox Jessica's Mother
Rich Hawkins Jessica's Father
Michael Badalucco New York Taxi Dispatcher
Jeff Mazzola New York Taxi Dispatcher
Philip Levy Taxi Driver
Julie Janney Cynthia
John Boylan Elevator Man
Sidney Armus Information Booth Man

Technical Credits
Nora Ephron Director,Screenwriter
Jeff Arch Original Story,Screenwriter
Larry Atlas Screenwriter
Jane Bartelme Associate Producer
Charley Beal Art Director
Patrick Crowley Executive Producer
Charles Daboub Set Decoration/Design
Leonard Engelman Makeup
Delia Ephron Associate Producer
Gary Foster Producer
Gershon Ginsburg Art Director
Clay Griffith Set Decoration/Design
Kevin Jewison Camera Operator
Sven Nykvist Cinematographer
Lynda Obst Executive Producer
Robert Reitano Editor
Judy Ruskin Costumes/Costume Designer
Marc Shaiman Score Composer
James W. Skotchdopole Associate Producer
Juliet Taylor Casting
Jeffrey Townsend Production Designer
David S. Ward Screenwriter

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Start [5:27]
2. Annie & Walter [7:17]
3. You & Your Emotions [2:13]
4. Sam & Dr. Marcia [7:25]
5. Staff Meeting [2:13]
6. Lunch With Becky [1:48]
7. New Year's Eve [3:28]
8. Claire's Problem [1:30]
9. Mail Call [2:48]
10. Sleepless in Baltimore [5:28]
11. Tiramisu & Swatches [1:52]
12. "H.N.G." [1:22]
13. Back in the Saddle [1:53]
14. An Affair to Remember [6:13]
15. Researching Sam Baldwin [2:13]
16. Sign Language [1:38]
17. Victoria [4:12]
18. Closet Case [4:51]
19. Annie's Field Trip [8:34]
20. A Letter From Sam? [2:13]
21. The Dirty Dozen [6:07]
22. Annie & Walter in N.Y. [4:54]
23. N.Y. [2:26]
24. Empire State Building [1:44]
25. In Pursuit [1:36]
26. Walter's Sacrifice [1:49]
27. Reunited [2:20]
28. Destiny Fulfilled [9:14]

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