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Sleepless in Seattle (Collector's Edition) [DVD] [1994]

Tom Hanks , Meg Ryan , Nora Ephron    Parental Guidance   DVD
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Ross Malinger, Rita Wilson, Victor Garber
  • Directors: Nora Ephron
  • Writers: Nora Ephron, David S. Ward, Jeff Arch
  • Producers: Delia Ephron, Gary Foster, James W. Skotchdopole, Jane Bartelme
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Hindi, Portuguese, Turkish, Danish, Icelandic, Swedish, Hungarian, Polish, Dutch, Arabic, Finnish, Czech, Greek
  • Dubbed: German, Italian, Spanish
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: PG
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: 17 Jan 1994
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W0TY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 1,713 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



The director and stars of 1998's You've Got Mail scored a breakthrough hit with this hugely popular romantic comedy from 1993, about a recently engaged woman (Meg Ryan) who hears the sad story of a grieving widower (Tom Hanks) on the radio and believes that they are destined to be together. She's single in New York, he lives in Seattle with a young son, but the cross-country attraction proves irresistible and pretty soon Meg's on a westbound flight. What happens from there is... well, you must have been living in a cave to have let this sweet-hearted comedy slip below your pop-cultural radar. There's little complexity or depth to writer-director Nora Ephron's cheesy tale of a romantic fait accompli, and more than a little contrivance to the subplots that threaten to keep Hanks and Ryan from actually meeting. But the purity of star chemistry here is hard to deny, and this may be the first film to indicate the more serious and sympathetic side of Hanks that is revealed in later roles. With its clever jokes about "chick movies" and repeated homage to the classic weeper An Affair to Remember, this may not be everybody's brand of amorous entertainment, but it's got an old-Hollywood charm that appeals to many a movie fan. --Jeff Shannon,

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Director Nick Love knows how to pick up a poisoned chalice. In choosing to tackle a modern day take on Alan Clarkes 1989 The Firm, he risks the wrath of upsetting those who regard the original so highly, while also being accused of jumping aboard the remake bandwagon. As it turns out, though, he gets away with it all. Loves version of The Firm wisely uses the early film as inspiration rather than a firm template. Thus, while the setting remains underground football violence, Love switches the attention to a different character, the youngster breaking into the crowd. This allows the narrative to focus on his becoming accepted by the group, and then his struggle to break free, which settles into a solid three-act story. Its very much aimed at an adult audience, but that doesnt mean that The Firm is a cheap piece of cinema. Far from it, as it happens. Loves film mixed in sharp violence with sparks of humour, and does so to very good effect. In the process, it sidesteps comparisons to the original by simply going off in a different direction, and works well because of it. Its a little more tempered than some of Nick Loves earlier work too, but perhaps as a consequence, its also his best film to date.

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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good natured romantic drama 28 Aug 2008
By Stampy
Tom Hanks (Big) stars as Sam, a single parent. A year after losing his wife, he is struggling with the loss and to help him, his son Jonah phones a radio station to ask for advice, and Annie from Baltimore hears and knows she must meet up with Sam.

Filled with plenty of romantic conventions, Nora Ephron's 1993 romantic drama creates a light hearted feel good film, with funny and dramatic moments for viewers of all ages.

Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan (When Harry met Sally), in their first collaboration, are perfect in their respective role, especially Ryan who is very funny, where as Hanks takes the more serious roles, which he is always perfect at.

But the actor who steals the show is Ross Maligner, who is exceptional as Sam's son Jonah, a cheeky 8 year old kid who has plenty on his mind, and a temper and encouragement to match. His smart remarks about Victoria are pure genius, helped along by some classic facial expressions to make him the star of the film.

Though completely unrealistic, this romantic drama generates a healthy plot with the ideology about finding the right person, which is enough to keep the mood alive. The difficulty in the character's lives is good to generate the concept of the right person, with Sam and his lost wife, and Annie and her bizarre fiancé.

The lack of realism happens with a cheesy saying the same words, meeting at the same time, or just in time, an 8 year old girl hacking into a computer and an 8 year old kid getting on a plane all the way to New York.

The lack of realism can take the edge of the plot, depending on how you look at it. For me, the humour and the likability of the characters was enough to let it slip.

It is a very character driven film, helped along by the concept of finding the right person, to make an enjoyable and funny romantic drama.

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heartwarming; macho chaps will like it too 11 Nov 2009
By Spikel
Reluctantly, I watched this, as urged by my knowing friends. BUT within ten minutes I was captivated and nearly cheered several times. Confession time - I am a youngish widower and so my thoughts when watching this were never going to be neutral but this is one of the few films I love; watch it, stick with it, prepare to be cheered by the fact that humans tend to have a happy outlook; some of us just hide it pretty well (so perceptive daughters say).
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Romantic comedy for everyone 8 Mar 2000
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
This is an absolute must have in your video collection. No matter how many times you see it, it is still wonderful. Tom Hanks is perfect and Meg Ryan is her usual self (my husband is a Meg fan and loves this movie too!) Great viewing for those evenings when there is nothing on the telly or for a perfect Friday night in.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A film for the girls 1 Aug 2005
By A Customer
This film is my all time favorite, Meg Ryan & Tom Hanks doing what they do best, falling in love on screen. I will not go into details regarding the story because most people by now will have a general idea of it, all I can say is girls, rent it, buy it, watch it, preferably on a cold, rainy Sunday afternoon wearing your pyjamas with a big mug of hot chocolate...bliss..
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sleepless 13 Mar 2011
Like so many people have already stated this is one of the best romance films of the 20th century and one the family can watch together - with children in the film they are able to relate to it too.
Out of sadness comes humour and optimism from not just adult actors but also the children.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
By Spike Owen TOP 500 REVIEWER
Sleepless in Seattle is written and directed by Nora Ephron. It's based on a story by Jeff Arch and it stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie Reed. The film takes its inspiration from An Affair to Remember and uses both its theme song and clips from the film in critical scenes. Plot sees Sam recently widowed and tricked by his young son Jonah to chat on the phone about his grief on a late night radio show. His honesty and sadness touches the hearts of America's listening females, particularly Annie, a young journalist who lives the other side of the country in Baltimore.

Major smash hit at the box office, where it coined in a $200 million profit before it even made it out for rental, Sleepless In Seattle is the sort of romantic comedy that's almost impossible not to like. OK, there's those who probably have aversions to some of the stars in the piece (tho both Ryan & Hanks are adorable here), but as a story it's warm, sweet and very touching. Ephron's script throws up a number of funny treats along the way, including moments to make the boys smile, while the fact that the potential cross country lovers are kept apart for almost the entirety of the film is smart move that pays off dividends. Admirable support to Hanks & Ryan comes from Rosie O'Donnell & Rob Reiner as the best friends of both, while Ross Malinger as Jonah gives one of the more pleasing child performances from the 90s.

It doesn't push the boundaries of light entertainment, but really you would have to be devoid of heart to not feel just a bit better for having sat thru this movie. 7/10
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best romantic films around 11 Oct 2003
Format:VHS Tape
I cried buckets at the end of this film when I first saw it and subsequent viewings still leave me with a soaking wet hankie! The chemistry between Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan is wonderful, even though the actual screen time that they share is not that much, and very believeable. Very rarely a film of this calibre comes along but when it does, EVERYONE should see it and share in the magic that this film brings.
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Bought this as a gift & it arrived promptly after ordering. It has a lot of extra's so it has been much enjoyed
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I have watched this several times on TV and just wanted a copy . I would recommend it to any one who likes romantic films.
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My relatives visited me in Seattle and bought the film over here but of course despite my advice did not check it would play on their system in the UK. Read more
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A Timeless classic for all...a must have for days when you need a touch of the feel good factor : )
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