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DVD REVIEW

Bound: Special Edition  (1996)

 

Starring: Gina Gershon, Jennifer Tilly, Joe Pantoliano
Director: 
The Wachowski Brothers

Rating: R

Studio: Gramercy Pictures

Review Posted: 7.18.01

DVD Rating: 9/10

 

By Dennis Landmann

 

The Movie

 

Bound is smart, sexy in style, and doesn't shy away from showing sex the way it really is. I've heard of this movie years before, but I never got around to see it. Damn, am I glad I did. Why? It's simple: Bound rules. 

 

It's an engaging movie that takes twists and turns here and there, but also manages to realistically convey a love relationship one might never thought of accepting, well, simply because one didn't know much about it. Bound isn't here to change your perception, but it's here to make you more aware, if you like it or not. It's not just a movie about lesbian sex, no, oh no, it's much more!

 

Corky (Gershon), a lesbian ex con hired to work in an apartment as a plumber, meets neighbors Caesar (Pantoliano), who launders money for the Mafia, and his girlfriend Violet (Tilly). The two women have a love affair and decide to steal $2,000,000 that Caesar has in custody before he gives them back to Mafia boss Gino Marzone. Things start to go wrong and Bound kicks into high gear. 

 

This description doesn't do the movie any justice, so instead of reading this crap about what the story is, just go rent the movie!!!

 

The movie's working title was The Business. That has got to be one of the most generic titles I've heard in a very long time, along with The Assignment. "Shiver me timbers, Phillip." 

 

Anyhow, this DVD version of Bound is the unrated cut. It's one minute longer than the R-rated version.

 

9 out of 10

 

The Video

 

Considering the visual style of the post-Matrix Wachowski Bros. in this movie, the video quality adds to the existent voyeuristic shooting style. Some darker scenes will come though a little fuzzy, but when color appears anywhere, it just lights up the entire screen. The two most common colors, red and white, are used perfectly in the movie and on this DVD are enhanced even more. This is an over-the-top standard quality.

 

8 out of 10

 

The Audio

 

This is what movies should sound like. Here, the sound takes over all of your speakers and extracts every important sound (such as exploding bullets) that the Wachowski Bros. used to enhance the visuals and make the experience of the story even more glorifying.

 

9 out of 10

 

The Extras

 

Man, the real treat of this DVD is the audio commentary by Andy Wachowski, Larry Wachowski, Jennifer Tilly, Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano and Sussie Bright (she is an expert on Lesbian Affairs and was the movie's ?).

 

The Audio Commentary

If you were among those disappointed by the lack of commentary talent on The Matrix DVD, well, all of you can rejoice because this one makes up for it. It's funny, engaging, (very) informative, and draws you in so much that you don't even want to answer the phone (should it, in fact, start ringing).

 

It starts off rather nicely with the Wachowski Bros. and Sussie Bright discussing the movie. Roughly about an hour into the commentary, they are joined by Jennifer Tilly. Tilly almost takes over the commentary as her comments make you laugh... and even appreciate her screen presence all-around (not just in this movie). She is fun to listen, let me tell you. Gina Gershon comes in later to speak her mind, but her comments aren't quite as engaging and informative. And after her, Joey Pants (how the Wachowski's  refer to him) drops in to give his thoughts. He doesn't talk much, but when he does, you better listen closely, because what he says is what I consider golden silence.

 

According to the commentary, there were some issues the MPAA did not like, but since the DVD format is known to sometimes include raw footage, well, this will be your fix. No, the sex in this movie is not porn-related, but rather a truthful depiction of sex (according to Sussie Bright).

 

Overall, this commentary is worth the DVD alone. It makes you appreciate the movie more and even takes you some behind the scenes secrets, although once or twice, the Wachowski's opted not to reveal aspects.

 

Theatrical trailer(s)

Pretty standard stuff. A nice addition, however.

 

It would've been cool to see or know if maybe there were some deleted scenes. Another cool addition would've been to include the screenplay, but then again, it's on the internet already, so why bother, eh!?

 

The reason I give this an 8, well, you will most likely agree with me once you've experienced this DVD.

 

8 out of 10

 

Overall, this is one kick-ass DVD. Surely, there aren't any other bonus features, but commentary offers so much insight, you don't need anything else.

 

Movie

9

Video

8

Audio

9

Extras

8

Final (not an average)

9

 

TOP

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Buy this DVD

 

Wachowski Bros:

Buy The Matrix DVD

Buy The Matrix CD

Buy Matrix Score

 

Gina Gershon:

Buy Showgirls DVD

Buy Face/Off DVD

Buy Driven DVD

 

Jennifer Tilly:

Buy Liar Liar DVD

Buy Bride of Chucky

Buy The Crew DVD

 

Joe Pantoliano:

Buy Memento DVD

Buy The Fugitive

Buy US Marshals