RSOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME was directed by Ridley Scott from a screenplay by Howard Franklin and stars Tom Berenger, Mimi Rogers, Lorraine Bracco, Harley Cross, Jerry Orbach, John Rubinstein and Andreas Katsulas.
Newly appointed detective Mike Keegan (Tom Berenger) finds his life turned upside-down when he’s assigned to protect Claire Gregory (Mimi Rogers), the beautiful eyewitness to a brutal murder. Lured into danger and the dizzying heights of Gregory’s glamorous lifestyle, Keegan struggles to walk the line between protection and obsession — while trying to stay one step ahead of the psychotic killer. Acclaimed director Ridley Scott paints an erotically seductive portrait of high-stakes suspense in America’s power playground in SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME.
Possible spoilers ahead! This 1987 suspense thriller follows NYPD Detective Mike Keegan who gets assigned to watch over and protect Claire Gregory (Mimi Rogers), a beautiful New York socialite. Claire witnessed local mobster Joey Venza (Andreas Katsulas) murder her friend and now it looks like he’s after her so the police department assigns 24 hour protection for her. Mike is also a family man who leaves his wife Ellie (Lorraine Bracco) and their son Tommy (Harley Cross) home alone a lot while he watches over Claire and this ends up leading to an affair between the two.
What happens is, Ellie (and the entire police department) ends up finding out about the affair but sleazy Joey also discovers that Mike has a family so he decides to use them to force Claire away from her protection by using Mike’s family to lure them out. What Joey doesn’t know is that Ellie is a little spitfire and knows how to handle a firearm and the mobster finally gets a vicious dose of karma. In the end, Mike realizes what’s more important in life and wants to fix things with his family.
The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The reverse sleeve features an image from the movie. The disc features its own individual artwork. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.
Bottom line is, you can definitely tell that Someone to Watch Over Me is a product of the 80s just by the style of the movie and the music that goes along with it. Ridley Scott decided to tackle something outside of the science fiction genre and period pieces so he ended up helming this suspense thriller about a cop that gets assigned to protect a beautiful socialite and the two end up having a fling. It sounds familiar because it’s a formula that’s been used dozens of times in Hollywood but that doesn’t mean Someone to Watch Over Me isn’t a good movie because it is. The story is interesting enough but it’s the actors who drive this character driven thriller home with three great performances by Tom Berenger, Mimi Rogers and Lorraine Bracco. This stylish thriller released the same year as Lethal Weapon and I think that’s why it ended up getting overlooked by moviegoers but thankfully it’s getting a new life in high-definition. Someone to Watch Over Me joins the Shout Select lineup when it makes its Blu-ray debut on March 12th.
Distributor: Shout Select
Run Time: 106 Minutes
Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)
Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
Special Feature: The extras include two new interviews with the writer and director of photography.
- NEW Interview with Writer Howard Franklin (10:41)
- NEW Interview with Director of Photography Steven Poster (14:04)