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Sea of Love [HD DVD] (1989)

Al Pacino , Ellen Barkin , Harold Becker  |  R |  HD DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Al Pacino, Ellen Barkin, John Goodman, Michael Rooker, William Hickey
  • Directors: Harold Becker
  • Writers: Richard Price
  • Producers: Martin Bregman, Louis A. Stroller
  • Format: AC-3, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital-Plus 5.1), French (Dolby Digital-Plus 2.0)
  • Subtitles: French
  • Dubbed: French
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Universal Studios
  • DVD Release Date: July 31, 2007
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (117 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #294,889 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Sea of Love [HD DVD]" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Feature Commentary with Director Harold Becker
  • The Creation of Sea of Love
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Theatrical Trailer

  • Editorial Reviews

    Product Description

    Al Pacino gives a powerful, critically acclaimed performance in this highly charged erotic thriller. Veteran New York City police detective Frank Keller (Pacino) is a workaholic cop living on the edge. Joining forces with detective Sherman Touhey (John Goodman) to track down a bizarre serial killer, he encounters a beautiful suspect (Ellen Barkin). Convinced of her innocence, Keller enters into a passionate affair, despite hard evidence linking her to the murders. Mounting suspense leads to a surprising conclusion as Keller finds himself caught in an undercurrent of deception, seduction and betrayal.

    After a career slump that plagued him through most of the 1980s, Al Pacino made a stellar comeback in this taut 1989 thriller, playing a weary New York police detective who falls in love with the woman (Ellen Barkin) who is the prime suspect in the murder case he's investigating. Expertly written by Richard Price and directed by Harold Becker, the story is designed to keep its central characters (and the viewer) in a state of constant suspicion and arousal--an emotional combination that sends dangerous sparks flying between Pacino and Barkin. Their chemistry is intense, and their love scenes are some of the hottest of any movie of its decade. But Sea of Love is not merely concerned with cheap titillation. It's a riveting whodunit with scenes of nail-biting suspense and memorable dialogue that make it as interesting to listen to as it is to watch. Barkin had made a similarly sexy impression in The Big Easy, and here she gives one of the best performances of her underrated career, matching Pacino's excellence scene for scene. The ending's a bit of a letdown because the murder solution comes somewhat out of the blue, but it's the acting and suspense that you'll remember most--qualities that make Sea of Love one of the best films of its kind. --Jeff Shannon

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    35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Holy Cow! Pacino Power!! March 27, 2005
    This movie rocks! I was so happy to see Pacino again after a much to long absence. Why is it that we never appreciate a person and their talent when there around more often? Pacino is just incrediable in this movie and his pairing with Ellen Barkin is perfect. They definitely go on that list of dynamic on-screen couples. I also enjoyed Pacino and Goodman as partners, but than again I find that Al Pacino is one of those actors that seems to bring out the best in whomever he's working with. The movie never falters for me from beginning to end. Its intense, exciting, humorous and of course sexy. Everyone involved in making this movie ( especially the director and writer ) should be proud. Sea Of Love is a classic!
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    31 of 33 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars Really scary, really sexy, really really good December 17, 2003
    Format:VHS Tape
    Damn, this one keeps you on the edge of your seat. Pacino plays a NYPD detective who falls in love with Ellen Barkin, a woman who's the main suspect in a murder case he's investigating. The mix of suspicion, fear, and sexual arousal is enough to keep the most jaded viewer riveted to the screen, wondering who or what will break first. The chemistry between Pacino and Barkin is intense enough to make the love scenes qualify as some of the hottest of the era.
    Super-duper in every way. Wow.
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    55 of 65 people found the following review helpful
    By A Customer
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    This version (Collector's Edition)
    is worse than the previous pan & scan full screen version. Here the studio cropped the top and the sides of the full screen version to make it fit anamorphic widescreen format, so you lose more of the picture than the full screen version.
    Universal is deceptive in not saying it is a matted widescreen version Buyer beware!
    This is not a true widescreen and doesent even say that the original apect ratio was modified to fit 16x9 tvs.
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    12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Sea Of Love December 31, 2007
    Format:HD DVD
    I've been looking at purchasing the HD DVD release of 'Sea Of Love', but haven't been overwhelmed by the responses of the big league review sites. The message I'm getting is that 'Sea Of Love' doesn't cut it relative to 'Basic Instinct', and that the transfer to HD DVD is haphazard.

    I just want to say I've seen both films several times and my biggest question is whether 'Sea Of Love' looks best in 1.33:1 or 1.85:1 (I have both LD versions) -- personally, I prefer the picture composition at 1.33:1 (as originally shot), rather than the masked down widescreen 1.85:1.

    More importantly, 'Basic Instinct' is a very slick and hip film with a very slimy underbelly -- whereas 'Sea Of Love' has heart and soul and depth of characterization that leaves that other film in the shade. If overt sex, sensuality, and titilation is what you're really interested in, then 'Basic Instinct' delivers in spades -- go for it! On the other hand, if you are looking for down to earth characters with real world feelings and a darned good plot, then 'Sea Of Love' is killer -- a truly fine film!
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    19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
    By A Customer
    This is a wonderful film, and sad to say, poorly translated onto DVD. The picture is grainy and washed out. The studio should seriously consider doing a remastering of this in lettebox format so that the video quality is maintained.
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    14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Great Movie, Terrible DVD Quality. November 30, 2000
    By A Customer
    Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
    Great Pacino film, but the DVD has the worst picture quality I have seen on a DVD! I have both the old video and DVD of this film, I would have to say that the video release has a better picture quality than the DVD! The DVD looks grainy, washed out, faded colors and to top it off it is in full screen, and is single layered. Shame Universal Studio's for putting out a DVD of such substandard DVD quality.
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    7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
    2.0 out of 5 stars Where is scene with Lorraine Bracco? November 22, 2007
    By Bart
    In the network TV version of this film there is added footage showing Lorraine Bracco as Pacino's ex-wife confronting him at the police station. She is sick and tired of his harassing her and her new husband, and the information she gives Pacino is a release for him. It changes his actions toward them and makes him emotionally free to pursue Ellen Barkin.

    Aside from Bracco's terrific performance in this small role but important scene, there is definitely a gap without this footage. Why not add it to a new release? I would buy it in a second and rate it 5-stars without a doubt.
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    9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars Barkin, baby, where'd you go? February 4, 2004
    This is one of those films I love- the kind that sits on my shelf, I forget about for a while, and when I finally remember it one rainy day and put it on, it seems like new all over again... and I remember why I got it in the first place.

    Pacino is Frank Keller, a NYC cop who is a little beat by life, doesn't get all his daily recommended allowance of beauty sleep, and who, on occassion, has a wee problem with the drink. Maybe not the sort of a man you'd be beating down mama's door to show off, but, ya know, a decent kinda guy. He's working on a murder investigation, assisted by the always reliable John Goodman, and due to circumstances and the trouble with 3am, becomes romantically involved with one of the suspects.

    Enter Ellen Barkin- as the tagline reads, she may be the love of his life... or the end of it. Either way, she is definitely working the celluloid charm that made "The Big Easy" so steamy- although here it's more edgy and direct than bashful.

    The film rolls along at a good pace, never quite spelling anything out for sure so you're thankful that it's on DVD and don't have to throw things at the TV when commercials cut in. Beyond the intensity of his scenes with Barkin- and there is some damn fine sizzle to 'em- there are some great moments that really help bring out Pacino's character and make him more human- vulnerable, profane, sore, sweaty- than other roles I've seen him in since; when he tells a guy the "Yankee's meet'n'greet" is all booked, and his mutterings when he sees one of the blind dates still at the bar don't have the theatrics of some of the more "Al Pacino movie" characters, and are all the better for it.
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    Most Recent Customer Reviews
    5.0 out of 5 stars ... and well acted - Pacino and Barkin at their best!
    It is SO suspenseful and well acted - Pacino and Barkin at their best!
    Published 11 days ago by Jeannie P. Smith
    5.0 out of 5 stars great
    Very suspenseful and a great ending.
    Published 17 days ago by Clifford I. Olson
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    They were all great! You did a good job. THANKS!
    Published 21 days ago by Linda Davis
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    A good thriller.
    Published 29 days ago by Glojo
    5.0 out of 5 stars don't loan it to your buddies you'll never get it back
    you'll watch this a couple of times a year. A classic Pacino.
    Published 1 month ago by Holly Schneck
    4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
    Good condition, great movie!
    Published 1 month ago by CAROL
    Published 2 months ago by LORRAINE BROWN
    5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
    Published 2 months ago by Kurt
    4.0 out of 5 stars Recommend.
    Loved this movie. I don't know how I missed seeing it all these years. It has a bit of everything-- very entertaining.
    Published 2 months ago by Miamigirl
    4.0 out of 5 stars A Stylish, Sexy Thriller
    Poetic NYC lotharios may be as “on edge” as veteran investigator Det. Frank Keller (Pacino) in this stylish and sexy thriller. Read more
    Published 3 months ago by Mr. Ed
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