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Sleepless in Seattle
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Sleepless in Seattle

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

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

 

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Nora Ephron's modern classic romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle comes to DVD with this nicely assembled special edition. With audio commentary by the director and her sister, Delia Ephron, along with a featurette called "Love in the Movies," a music video, theatrical trailers, talent files, and scene selection, the extra features on this disc should satisfy

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Nora Ephron's modern classic romantic comedy Sleepless in Seattle comes to DVD with this nicely assembled special edition. With audio commentary by the director and her sister, Delia Ephron, along with a featurette called "Love in the Movies," a music video, theatrical trailers, talent files, and scene selection, the extra features on this disc should satisfy any fan of the film. Add to that a widescreen 1.85:1 anamorphic transfer and Sleepless in Seattle is a worthy addition to any collection. The disc also includes a standard 1.33:1 pan-and-scan transfer. And while the audio features are slim, the sole English language Dolby Digital Surround soundtrack is at the very least adequate. Subtitles are included in English, Chinese, Korean, and Thai.

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:
09/28/1999
UPC:
0043396040588
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
PG
Source:
Sony Pictures
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Full Frame, Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital]
Time:
1:45:00

Special Features

Digitally remastered audio and anamorphic video; Audio: English two-channel [Dolby Surround]; Subtitles: English, Chinese, Korean, Thai; Nora and Delia Ephron audio commentary; "Love in the Movies" featurette; Music video: "When I Fall in Love" by Celine Dion and Clive Griffin; Theatrical trailers; Talent files; Scene selections; Widescreen and full-screen formats

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

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
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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Sleepless in Seattle 4.6 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 27 reviews.
Cindino More than 1 year ago
Great Quality. Love this movie. Very romantic.
SleepDreamWrite More than 1 year ago
It's cute, romantic and funny. One of my favorite scenes is with the comparison with movies and how the characters got teary eyed. It is pretty funny and cute. I mean who didn't cry or get a little teary eyed after watching a movie. Classic romantic comedy.
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I love watching romantic comedies and Sleepless in Seattle is one of the best I have ever seen. It is cute, sweet, charming and very witty and the cast is superb, especially Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan who both shine in this movie!
RenesmeeCarlie More than 1 year ago
Sleepless in Seattle is one of those classic movies that you can watch over and over and over again and your heart will still ache for the two main characters and their love story. Even while knowing the ending it still felt like I was seeing it for the first time. Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan both did a great job!
Guest More than 1 year ago
Would Bill Pullman's character (Walter) really be so nonchalant about losing his fiancee and letting her run through the streets of New York to the Empire State Building to meet someone who might be a possible homicidal maniac? -point blank, NO. Sleepless in Seattle doesn't succeed on reality, it captures our hearts in fantasy. A couple, or a single person will find this both a tear-jerker and a means of hope. This is one of the truly blessed movies sharing company with ''Ghost,'' ''Indecent Proposal,'' ''When Harry Met Sally,'' and ''You've Got Mail.'' A great story for couples, and a healthy story for singles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie is simply a classic. In a world of trashy over-sexual garbage pictures, this one stands out. It will touch your core and leave you with a smile.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Having read other reviews, think also of this. I have watched this movie dozens of times and never really ''got it'' why I did. Then it hit me - this is really a movie about the boy. He sees the pain of his father. He responds to Annie's letter. He takes a plane ride to New York. He goes to the Empire State Building. Its about the boy's attempts to create a family after his mother dies young, beautiful, and with no reason that young Jonah can understand. See this movie as a romantic comedy (it is) or see it as a movie about a great kid (it is). But regardless - see it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great movie. I would have thought that true love stories/romance died with the fine writtings of the early 60's. But here it is....a movie that can stand the test of time. It will always move you. Take your date to it...it is a winner for a romantic date. I have watched this movie numerous times and never get tired of it. It is one of Tom Hanks best pictures. Is it realistic...NO! Will you love it..Only if you have a heart! A must see....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This movie was funny. I enjoyed it thoroughly. It's about a woman who hears a man's story over a radio show told by his son and she arranges to meet him. Only problem is, he doesn't want to go and she is engaged. I recommend this movie to people who like romantic comedies.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan Sleepless In Seattle is one of the most greatest love stories i know its not really a movie for guys but i really love it it has romance and some comedy its about 2 people that meet each other and fall in love and Meg Ryan i love her she's such a briilant actress she's taltend she is one of the best female actresses Tom Hanks i like too he's remarkable and wonderful and this movie is terrifc!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This movie begins with much sadness. Then it shows the love between parent and child as both of them try to deal with the lost of a dear loved one. There is very funny dialogue as they each try to deal with their change in their family makeup, making new friends, etc. There is also the underlying loneliness of the son regarding the loss of his mother. Next you have the humor and also the cunning of the son to try to get the parent interested in finding someone to fill the mother figure in his life. All of this leads up to a wonderful romantic ending for all concerned. In between there is humor, romance, and finally the wonderful ending of the movie.
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