Steven Soderbergh’s remarkably assured, disarmingly frank debut, a game-changer for American independent film.
With his provocative feature debut, twenty-six-year-old Steven Soderbergh trained his focus on the complexities of human intimacy and deception in the modern age. Housewife Ann (Andie MacDowell) feels distant from her lawyer husband, John (Peter Gallagher), who is sleeping with her sister (Pretty Woman’s Laura San Giacomo). When John’s old friend Graham (a magnetic, Cannes-award-winning James Spader) comes to town, Ann is drawn to the soft-spoken outsider, eventually uncovering his startling private obsession: videotaping women as they confess their deepest desires. A piercingly intelligent and flawlessly performed chamber piece, in which the video camera becomes a charged metaphor for the characters’ isolation, the Palme d’Or-winning sex, lies and videotape changed the landscape of American film, helping pave the way for the thriving independent scene of the 1990s.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
New, restored 4K digital transfer, supervised by director Steven Soderbergh, with 5.1 surround DTS‑HD Master Audio soundtrack
Audio commentary from 1998 featuring director Steven Soderbergh in conversation with filmmaker Neil LaBute
New programme by Soderbergh, featuring responses to questions sent in by fans
Interviews with Soderbergh from 1990 and 1992
New documentary about the making of the film featuring actors Peter Gallagher, Andie MacDowell and Laura San Giacomo
New conversation with composer Cliff Martinez and supervising sound editor Larry Blake
Deleted scene with commentary by Soderbergh
PLUS: An essay by critic Amy Taubin and excerpts from Soderbergh’s diaries written at the time of the film’s production