The Underneath [DVD] [1995]

Steven Soderbergh's film noir The Underneath, a remake of Robert Siodmak's Criss Cross, comes to DVD with a widescreen transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The closed-captioned English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital 5.1. Both picture and sound are good. Spanish and French subtitles are accessible. Supplemental materials include production notes, cast and filmmaker bios, film highlights, and a theatrical trailer. Anyone who discovered Soderbergh after his Oscar win for Traffic will be interested in this early, stylish effort.
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Special Features

  • Production notes
  • Cast & filmmakers' bios
  • Film highlights
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Web links


The Underneath
A remake of the classic Robert Siodmak film noir Criss Cross, Steven Soderbergh's The Underneath follows much the same plot and narrative arc of the original, but expands the possibilities of its thriller structure to also explore the complexities and insecurities at the heart of modern relationships. Peter Gallagher stars as Michael, a compulsive gambler who returns to his Texas home for the wedding of his mother (Anjanette Comer). In his absence, his ex-wife Rachel (Alison Elliott) has married Tommy (William Fichtner), a ruthless local hood. Michael and Rachel soon resume their relationship, incurring Tommy's wrath. Out of their deceptions grows a plot to heist an armored car, a crime which requires the unwitting aid of Michael's stepfather (Paul Dooley) as well as a banker (Elisabeth Shue) with whom Michael shared a brief fling. ~ Jason Ankeny, Rovi

Cast & Crew

  • Peter Gallagher
    Peter Gallagher - Michael Chambers
  • Alison Elliott
    Alison Elliott - Rachel
  • William Fichtner
    William Fichtner - Tommy Dundee
  • Adam Trese
    Adam Trese - David Chambers
  • Joe Don Baker
    Joe Don Baker - Clay Hinkle

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