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Directed by Ridley Scott
USA 1987

 

After exploring the science-fiction and fantasy worlds of Alien, Blade Runner and Legend, famed British director Ridley Scott turned to modern-day New York for Someone to Watch Over Me, one of a number of adult-orientated erotic thrillers, including Fatal Attraction, Black Widow and Jagged Edge, to appear in the late eighties.

Tom Berenger (Platoon, Shattered) plays a blue-collar NYPD detective assigned to protect a wealthy murder witness (Mimi Rogers, The Rapture). Soon, the relationship becomes an affair, threatening Berenger's marriage to Lorraine Bracco (Goodfellas, The Sopranos), and the killer is still on the loose...

Stylishly shot by Steven Poster (Donnie Darko), Someone to Watch Over Me is glossy, high-concept filmmaking from start to finish.

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While Mike Keegan is celebrating his recent promotion to detective, in a fancy nightclub socialite Claire Gregory witnesses the murder of the owner by powerful mobster, Joey Venza. Mike is assigned to protect her in the night shift in her Manhattan apartment. When Venza threatens Claire, Mike and Claire eventually become closerand Mike finds himself divided between the love for his family and his heated passion for Claire and his fascination of her world.

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Theatrical Release: October 9th, 1987

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Review: Indicator - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Runtime 1:46:30.842        
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,349,867,124 bytes

Feature: 30,852,849,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.32 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
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Dolby Digital Audio English 192 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 192 kbps

Subtitles English (SDH), None
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1.85:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 38,349,867,124 bytes

Feature: 30,852,849,216 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.32 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• Audio commentary with filmmaker and critic Jim Hemphill (2021)
• Someone... to Write a Script (2019): interview with screenwriter Howard Franklin (10:39)
• Someone... to Shoot a Movie (2019): interview with celebrated cinematographer Steven Poster (14:02)
• Original theatrical trailer (1:49)
• Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
Limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Jamie Graham, extracts from an American Cinematographer article on the making of the film, a selection of interviews with key cast members, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits


Blu-ray Release Date:
May 17th, 2021
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ADDITION: Indicator Blu-ray (May 2021): Indicator have transferred Ridley Scott's Someone to Watch Over Me to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "2K restoration". This was released on Blu-ray in the US, HERE, in 2019. I expect the image quality to be very similar. We have the less-effectual 80's stock that can look noisy at times, but is clunkier grain. This is probably very accurate to the way the film looked theatrically. This is on a dual-layered disc with a max'ed out bitrate. The film is fairly dark but contrast is carried well by the 1080P. It ran well in-motion.

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On their Blu-ray, Indicator use a linear PCM 2.0 channel track (24-bit) in the original English language. There are typical crime-thriller effects - mostly guns and a score by Michael Kamen (The Dead Zone, VenomMona LisaEvent HorizonRoad HouseCompany Businessexporting some appreciable depth. Of course the famous title theme is played; Gershwin's Someone to Watch Over Me sung and arranged by Sting, later in the film to be performed by Roberta Flack and also by Gene Ammons with Richard Wyands, Doug Watkins and James Charles Heard. There is also Ebben ? ne andro lontana from "La Wally" - the soundtrack from Diva (1981) plus classical pieces by Léo Delibes, Vivaldi and Bach. It sounds very clean and crisp enhancing the tension and film's moods. Indicator offer optional English (SDH) subtitles on their Region 'B' Blu-ray.

The Indicator Blu-ray offers a new commentary by a new audio commentary with filmmaker and critic Jim Hemphill (author of The Art and Craft of TV Directing: Conversations with Episodic Television Directors). He discusses the topic of 'Class' as a subject and its theme in other Ridley Scott films, character as architecture, Ridley's extensive career, his design elements, Production Designer Jim Bissell (The Falcon and the Snowman), Costume Designer Colleen Atwood (Edward Scissorhands), he speaks of a number of essays found in The Culture and Philosophy of Ridley Scott, and much more. It's very thorough. The 10-minute Someone... to Write a Script - an interview with screenwriter Howard Franklin and 14-minute Someone... to Shoot a Movie - an interview with celebrated cinematographer Steven Poster - are both on the US Shout! Factory Blu-ray from 2019. There is an original theatrical trailer and another of Indicator's excellent Image galleries of promotional and publicity materials. The package contains a limited edition exclusive booklet with a new essay by Jamie Graham, extracts from an American Cinematographer article on the making of the film, a selection of interviews with key cast members, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits.

Lesser revered in Ridley Scott's oeuvre but Someone to Watch Over Me is an enjoyable film with some subtle touches that give it character than more vapid thrillers from the same era. It's not stale and can be thrown on every few years - while still maintaining the contrived 80's sexy superficialities that we can tend to appreciate, if not love. The Indicator Blu-ray is up to their usual very high a/v standards and the addition of the in-depth Hemphill commentary makes it worthy of the digital library. Recommended!

Gary Tooze

 


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