WSR Detailed LaserDisc Review

Sleepless In Seattle

Reviewed In Issue 07 Of Widescreen Review® Stars:
Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Bill Pullman, Ross Malinger, Rosie O’Donnell, Rob Reiner

WSR Review Scores
Picture Rating: 4
Sound Rating: 3.5
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DVD General Information
(Studio/Distributor): Columbia/TriStar Home Video
(Catalog Number): 52416
(MPAA Rating): PG
(Retail Price): $34.95
(Running Time In Minutes): 105
(Color Type): Color
(Chaptered/Scene Access): Yes
(Closed Captioned): Yes
(Theatrical Release): 1993
(LD Release Date): 12/93
(THX® Digitally Mastered):

Credits Information
(Director): Nora Ephron
(Screenplay/Written By): Nora Ephron, David S. Ward & Jeff Arch
(Story): Jeff Arch
(Music): Marc Shaiman
(Director Of Photography):
(Production Designer): Jeffrey Townsend
(Visual Effects): NA
(Costume Designer): Judy Ruskin
(Editor): Robert Reitano
(Supervising Sound Editors): Michael Kirchberger
(Re-Recording Mixers):
(Executive Producers): Lynda Obst & Patrick Crowley
(Co-Producers): NA
(Producers): Gary Foster

DVD Picture Information
(Principal Photography): Academy Standard Flat
(Theatrical Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1
(Measured LaserDisc Aspect Ratio): 1.85:1

DVD Sound Information
(DVD Soundtrack): Dolby Surround
(Theatrical Sound): Dolby Stereo A
(Theatrical Re-Issue Soundtrack):
(Remastered Dolby Digital): No
(Remastered DTS Digital Surround): No
(Additional Languages):

WSR Narrative Review
Story Synopsis:
Hanks stars as Sam Baldwin, a saddened father who moves to Seattle after the death of his wife. With the help of his eager son, Sam finds himself and his troubles broadcast live on a radio call-in show. The show grants him national attention, especially from Annie Reed (Ryan), one special suitoress in Baltimore absolutely determined that she is the right one for him and vice-versa.

LaserDisc Picture:
The picture has an overall soft, film-like quality with excellent blacks and shadow detail in the darkest scenes. Fleshtone hues appear to be natural and the colors are solid. The picture has been matted to 1.85:1.

LaserDisc Soundtrack:
The soundtrack is undistinguished with the normal stereo spread and surround envelopment on the music and virtually all of the dialogue and effects in mono.
(Surround Bass Below 50Hz): No
(Aggressive System Surround): No
(Intense 25Hz Bass): No
(Deep Bass Challenging): No
(Aggressive 0.1 LFE):
(Holosonic Soundfield): No
(Aggressive Split Surround): No
(Center Back Surround Imaging): No
(Directionalized Dialogue): No
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Superb Special Visual Effects Quality:
Superb Color Fidelity:
Superb Cinematography:
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