|Category||Romantic Comedy||Theatrical Trailer(s)||No|
|Running Time||101 minutes||Commentary Tracks||None|
|Pan & Scan/Full Frame||No||MPEG||2.0|
|Widescreen Aspect Ratio||1.85:1||Dolby Digital||No|
|16x9 Enhancement||Yes||Soundtrack Languages||English|
|Theatrical Aspect Ratio||1.85:1|
After about eighteen months, his son Jonah, (Ross Mallinger) rings a radio station on Christmas Eve saying that his father needs a new wife because he is very sad and depressed. Dr Marcia Fieldstone (a talkback radio psychologist) coerces Sam onto the radio where he speaks of his feelings of loss and loneliness, and how much he loved his wife. Annie, who works as a journalist, hears this call, and instantly connects with Sam. Unfortunately, she is engaged to Walter(Bill Pullman) at the time.
As a result of this phone call, the radio station, and consequently Sam, is inundated with letters from anonymous women all wanting to meet with him/marry him/have sex with him. These letters are screened by Sam's son, Jonah. Simultaneous to this, Sam decides that it is time for him to get 'back in the saddle again', so to speak, and begins to date Victoria, a woman with a laugh that sounds like a hyaena, and whom Jonah thoroughly disapproves of.
Annie decides that she wants to meet with Sam, and writes him a letter, but she subsequently screws this up and throws it away before sending it. Her flatmate Becky (Rosie O'Donnell) retrieves the letter and secretly posts it on her behalf. Jonah really likes Annie's letter, and wants his father to meet her, but he declines. Jonah writes back to Annie (pretending to be his father) asking her to meet him on the Empire State Building on Valentine's Day. Jonah being only ten years old, writes the letter in a somewhat childish fashion, and Annie resolves to forget about Sam.
Sam and Victoria make plans to have a weekend together alone for Valentine's Day, and this prompts Jonah to call back the radio station in a state of great anxiety. Annie hears this call, and is prompted to do some detective work to track Sam down on the pretext of writing a story for her newspaper. She flies off to Seattle to try to meet him, sees him from a distance, but just misses out on meeting him in a scene taken more-or-less directly from An Affair To Remember. She then flies back to New York and once again resolves to forget about Sam and concentrate her attentions on Walter.
Jonah, with the help of a new-found friend of his (Jessica), books a flight from Seattle to New York on Valentine's Day and ends up on top of the Empire State Building. Tom discovers Jonah's absence just before leaving for his dirty weekend, and he also flies to New York to try and find him, which he does, just on closing time at the Empire State Building. Meanwhile, Annie is having dinner with Walter, and sees the Empire State Building light up as a Valentine. This prompts her to go to the Empire State Building, and in a guaranteed tear-jerker ending meets Sam after several Hollywood-style near misses.
Make sure you have plenty of Kleenex ready because the ladies are going to blubber, especially during this end scene. If you fancy yourself as a SNAG then you should blubber here too, assuming you didn't blubber during the Dirty Dozen scene ('it was sooo sad'). Me, I'm waiting for the sequel (Sleepless in Seattle II: The Divorce) - now THAT'LL be a tear-jerker.
3rd September 1998
|DVD||Pioneer DV-505, using S-Video output|
|Display||Loewe Art-95 95cm direct view CRT in 16:9 mode, via the S-Video input. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Audio Decoder||AMC AV-81HT Prologic/THX decoder. Calibrated with the NTSC DVD version of Video Essentials.|
|Amplification||2 x EA Playmaster 100W per channel stereo amplifiers for Left, Right, Left Rear and Right Rear; Philips 360 50W per channel stereo amplifier for Centre and Subwoofer|
|Speakers||Philips S2000 speakers for Left, Right; Polk Audio CS-100 Centre Speaker; Apex AS-123 speakers for Left Rear and Right Rear; Yamaha B100-115SE subwoofer|