Chasing Sleep [DVD] [2000]

Michael Walker's psychological thriller Chasing Sleep comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1. The picture would have been sharper if the transfer was anamorphic as well. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. English, French, and Spanish subtitles are accessible. There are no special features on this pedestrian release from Trimark, making it difficult to recommend to anyone who is not a genre enthusiast or a fan of Jeff Daniels.
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Special Features

  • Widescreen
  • 5.1 Dolby Digital
  • French-language track
  • Trailer
  • English, French & Spanish subtitles
  • Interactive menus
  • Scene access


Chasing Sleep
Ed Saxon (Jeff Daniels) is an English professor of some repute whose life is thrown into serious chaos when his wife, Eve, fails to return home one day. After a sleepless night, Ed phones the police, who find no trace of Eve, save her abandoned car. Later Ed, by now exhausted and disheveled, is visited by a young student (Emily Bergl) who is concerned about his absence from class and has stopped by to drop off some food for him. The student has an obvious attraction towards Ed, and he lets her in the house, where she has an accident that results in a nosebleed and a blood-soaked sweater that she leaves behind. Inevitably, detectives come calling on Ed, who is close to a fatigue-fueled nervous breakdown and nearly loses it completely. His fragile state is further exacerbated when he discovers a mysterious object under a chest of drawers, causing him to veer more precipitously towards an all-encompassing emotional collapse. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Jeff Daniels
    Jeff Daniels - Ed Saxon
  • Emily Bergl
    Emily Bergl - Sadie
  • Gil Bellows
    Gil Bellows - Detective Derm
  • Zach Grenier
    Zach Grenier - Geoffrey Costas
  • Julian McMahon
    Julian McMahon - George
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