Underneath

The Underneath

Director: Steven Soderbergh

Cast: Peter Gallagher, Alison Elliott, William Fichtner

     
 

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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

Overview

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.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Michael Hastings
Awash in deceit, obsession, and opaque color schemes, Steven Soderbergh's loose adaptation of the 1948 noir classic Criss Cross ranks as one of the director's most ambitious projects, if not his most successful. Though the performers are stellar all around -- including a misanthropic Peter Gallagher, the always menacing William Fichtner, and a pre-Leaving Las Vegas Elisabeth Shue -- only the luminous newcomer Alison Elliot manages to generate any sort of audience sympathy. As the plot twists pile up, Soderbergh exhibits an impressive control of suspense, pacing, and tension, but the film remains curiously cold and distant. This is bank robbery as an escape from existential malaise; quite a different attitude from Soderbergh's loose, buoyant, and altogether superior take on crime just three years later, 1998's Out of Sight.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/17/1998
UPC:
0025192044526
Original Release:
1995
Rating:
R
Source:
Universal Studios
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Time:
1:40:00
Sales rank:
22,782

Special Features

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

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Peter Gallagher Michael Chambers
Alison Elliott Rachel
William Fichtner Tommy Dundee
Adam Trese David Chambers
Joe Don Baker Clay Hinkle
Paul Dooley Ed Dutton
Elisabeth Shue Susan
Joseph Chrest Mr. Rodman
Shelley Duvall Nurse
Anjanette Comer Mrs. Chambers
Harry Goaz Guard (Casey)
Randall Brady Ember Bartender
Richard Linklater Ember Doorman
Helen Cates Susan's Friend
Brad Leland Man Delivering Money
John Martin Justice Of The Peace
Paul Wright TV Delivery Man #2
David Jensen Satellite Dish Installer
Tonie Perensky Ember Waitress

Technical Credits
Steven Soderbergh Director,Screenwriter
Howard Cummings Production Designer
Elliot Davis Cinematographer
Joshua Donen Executive Producer
John Frick Art Director
Daniel Fuchs Screenwriter
John Hardy Producer
Paul Ledford Musical Direction/Supervision
Sam Lowry Screenwriter
Cliff Martinez Score Composer,Musical Direction/Supervision
William Reid Executive Producer
Stan Salfas Editor
Jeanette Scott Set Decoration/Design
Karyn Wagner Costumes/Costume Designer
Lionel Wigram Executive Producer
Lizbeth Williamson Makeup
Ronnie Yeskel Casting

Scene Index

Chapter List
0. Chapter List
0. Main Titles
0. The White Van: 2:11 PM/Meeting Susan On The Bus
0. At Home
0. Dinner With Mom, David, And Ed
0. The Ember
0. "Did You Get My Twinkie?" 3:08 P.M.
0. Rachel Called
0. Footsie In The Parking Lot
0. Lunch At The San Miguel With Rachel
0. Introductions At Perennial
0. Lunch In The Parking Lot With David
0. Rachel Rehearses
0. Back To Perennial: 3:46 P.M.
0. Mom And Ed's Wedding
0. In The Waiting Room
0. The Underpass
0. Where's Rachel?
0. Lunch With Ed And Mom
0. With Rachel At Whispering Pines
0. Michael And Susan At The Bank
0. The Ember: Bribing The Waitress
0. The Waiting Room: 4:59 P.M
0. Rachel Finally Calls
0. "30 Dimes On LSU"
0. Rachel Comes Over
0. Michael Proposes A "Job Job" To Tommy
0. The Waiting Room: 6:01 P.M.
0. Michael Lays Out The Plan
0. Leaving Perennial: 6:11 P.M.
0. Heist Instructions On The Phone
0. With Rachel The Night Before
0. To The Bank: 6:29 P.M.
0. The Heist
0. Visitors At The Hospital
0. The Nurse Comes In
0. The Waiting Man
0. "It's Time To Go"
0. At Whispering Pines
0. The Appeal Of Walking Away
0. At The Gas Station: End Titles

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