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SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE

SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE ($30) is a great little movie. It certainly has one of the best soundtracks of any film in recent memory. I don’t know what makes SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE so good, perhaps it’s the large assortment of pop standards featured on the soundtrack. Perhaps it’s the gentle romantic story, which made this film a huge hit. Either way, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE is an entertaining movie, worth seeing. In SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE the film’s two protagonists live on opposite sides of the country, yet we find that geography is no obstacle to true love.

Tom Hanks stars as a recently widowed man, living in Seattle, whose young son calls a radio psychiatrist to ask advice. The boy senses his father’s unhappiness, and his inability to sleep. He hopes to make his father happy by helping him find a new wife. Meg Ryan is the woman who hears the plight of "Sleepless in Seattle" on the nationwide radio program, and is immediately taken with the father and son. Unfortunately, the distance of a continent separates them. Undeterred by the distance, the East Coast native becomes intrigued with the West Coast man whom she feels could be her soul mate. Ryan’s character then tries to find out everything possible about the man and his son. Basically, the plot of SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE is nothing more than a big lead up to this fated couple’s first meeting. SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE features a number of sweet, comic and romantic moments, which build slowly to the film’s inevitable conclusion. Director Nora Ephron applies a very soft touch, which is all that is required to make SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE a true delight. In addition to Hanks and Ryan, the cast of SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE also features Rosie O’Donnell, Ross Malinger and Bill Pullman.

Columbia TriStar has given SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE a very good-looking Letterboxed transfer which recreates the film’s proper 1.85:1 theatrical framing. Compositions appear right on the money, without anything slip-sliding off the edges of the screen. Colors are quite vivid and the image is richly detailed. Digital artifacts were virtually unnoticeable on this DVD.

The digitally encoded Dolby Surround soundtrack has a very pleasing mix, which highlights the innumerable pop songs on the film’s soundtrack. The Dolby Digital soundtrack is of the two-channel variety, so the matrixed track is preferable for this release. Other soundtrack options include Spanish and French language tracks. Subtitles are available in Spanish and Korean.

All in all, SLEEPLESS IN SEATTLE makes for good, solid DVD entertainment and a worthwhile addition to any burgeoning DVD library.

All reviews are Copyright 1997 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.
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DVD reviews are Copyright 1997 THE CINEMA LASER and may not be copied or reprinted without the written consent of the publisher.
THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.


 

 

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