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Sex, Lies, and Videotape [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray] [1989]

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Release Date:07/17/2018
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Steven Soderbergh kickstarted the independent film movement of the 1990s with this landmark drama about the tangled relationships among four people and a video camera. John (Peter Gallagher) is an unscrupulous, self-centered yuppie lawyer with a beautiful wife named Ann (Andie MacDowell). Ann feels secure and well provided-for in their relationship, but she has almost no interest in sex; she tells her therapist that she's more concerned about waste disposal. John, however, is still quite interested in sex and is having an affair with Ann's sister Cynthia (Laura San Giacomo), whose personality is fire to Ann's ice; sex is the one area in which she's been able to best her more successful sister, and she relishes her ability to seduce Ann's husband. Into this dysfunctional picture comes Graham (James Spader), a college friend of John's whom he hasn't seen in nine years. Graham has decided that talking about sex is more interesting than actually having sex, so he meets women and asks them discuss their desires and fantasies as he tapes them with a camcorder. A sensation at the Sundance Film Festival, the film made that festival a synonym for a new brand of low-budget indie dramas about contemporary life and relationships. Together with Quentin Tarantino's very different Pulp Fiction (1994), sex, lies, and videotape was one of the most influential movies for independent filmmaking of the 1990s.~Mark Deming

Features

Audio Commentary from 1998 featuring Soderbergh in conversation with filmmaker Neil LaBute

Deleted scene with Commentary by Soderbergh

Demonstration of sound restorations through the years

Interview from 1989 with actor James Spader

Interviews with Soderbergh from 1990 and 1992

New conversation between Sound Editor/Re-recording Mixer Larry Blake and Composer Cliff Martinez

New documentary about the making of the film, featurin gactors Peter Gallagher, Andie MacDowell, and Laura San Giacomo

New introduction by Soderbergh

New, restored 4k digital transfer and new 5.1 mix from the original sound elements, supervised by Director Steven Soderbergh

Plus: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Amy Taubin and excerpts from Soderbergh's 1990 book about the film

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