Review: Someone to Watch Over Me
Blu-ray: Someone to Watch Over Me (1987)
Rich Socialite and beautifully haired Claire Gregory (Mimi Rogers) goes to a posh party with her somewhat boring but very rich boyfriend Neil Steinhart (John Rubinstein) and on seeing her old boyfriend Winn Hockings (Mark Moses) agrees to meet him ‘downstairs’.
As she totters towards the meeting place in glorious heels and sparkly seamed nylons she witnesses Venza, a gangster(?) murder Winn. She escapes in the lift.
Meanwhile on the other side of the tracks is a raucous party for newly appointed detective Mike Keegan (Tom Berenger). Keegan is assigned to ‘watch over’ Claire as she is the only person who can identify Winn’s killer.
Of course the inevitable happens, Keegan falls for Claire and they begin an affair. However the wonderful Lorraine Bracco who play Ellie, Keegan’s wife, is so beautiful and amazing you spend most of the film wondering what the hell he sees in slightly wet Claire.
This is a pretty run of the mill action/thriller, which even Ridley Scott’s excellence can’t help. Yes we have the amazing sets, the attention to detail, the perfect soundtrack, the camera angles, the 40s noir vibe. It’s all there, but I can’t help thinking the wrong Scott brother directed this film, and if Tony had been let loose on it, it would have been a lot better.
INDICATOR LIMITED EDITION BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES
- 2K restoration
- Original stereo soundtrack
- Audio commentary with filmmaker and film historian Jim Hemphill (2021)
- Someone… to Write a Script (2019, 11 mins): writer Howard Franklin recalls working with director Ridley Scott and the inspirations behind his screenplay
- Someone… to Shoot a Movie (2019, 14 mins): director of photography Steven Poster discusses creating the distinctive look of the film
- Original theatrical trailer
- Image gallery: promotional and publicity materials
- New and improved English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
- Limited edition exclusive 32-page booklet with a new essay by Jamie Graham, archival interviews with director of photography Steven Poster and actor Mimi Rogers, an overview of contemporary critical responses, and film credits
- UK premiere on Blu-ray
Someone to Watch Over Me is released 17th May 2021.
Review by Tina from a disc kindly supplied by Powerhouse Films.