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WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING ($30) is a sweet and funny romantic fable about a lonely woman who finds the man of her dreams through a twist of fate. Sandra Bullock stars as Lucy Eleanor Moderatz, a token clerk who leads a solitary existence, but fantasizes about a man (Peter Gallagher) who takes the train every day from her station. As fate would have it, her fantasy man is mugged on the train platform, falls to the tracks and is knocked unconscious. Lucy rescues the man from an oncoming train and discovers his name to be Peter Callaghan. Lucy follows Peter to the hospital where a nurse and Peter’s family mistakes her for his fiancée.

Since Peter is comatose and the family seems to be calmed by the news that he is engaged, Lucy doesn’t want to distress them with the truth. Actually, the family is immediately taken with Lucy, which helps to end her loneliness and gives Lucy the family that she has longed for. If the situation wasn’t complicated enough, Lucy then meets Peter’s brother Jack (Bill Pullman) and the two of them begin to fall in love. I found WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING to be a charming delight thanks to the presence of Sandra Bullock, as well as its rich supporting cast which features Peter Boyle, Jack Warden, Glynis Johns, Micole Mercurio, Jason Bernard, Michael Rispoli and Ally Walker.

Hollywood Pictures Home Video offers WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING on DVD in a beautiful looking Letterboxed transfer which presents the film in its proper 1.85:1 theatrical proportions. Compositions appear balanced, with nothing slipping off the sides of the frame. Image quality is very good, reproducing a sharp and detailed picture. Colors had excellent saturation while retaining a natural appearance. Digital compression artifacts were seldom bothersome on this DVD.

The two-channel Dolby Digital soundtrack will decode to standard Dolby Surround with very pleasing results. The mix has depth and atmosphere and a few directional effects. Other soundtrack options include a French language track. Subtitles are available in Spanish.

The interactive menus offer access to a theatrical trailer, plus the standard scene selection feature.




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THE CINEMA LASER is written, edited and published by Derek M. Germano.



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