BOUND: SIGNATURE EDITION REVIEWED
“Bound: Signature Edition” gets a stellar release from Olive Films. While I’ve seen the film’s original Blu-ray and DVD releases, there is something to the upgrade presented here. I get that the main selling point is the new digital restoration. However, I wish that Olive was a little faster with these signature releases. They only have a handful and each one is more special than the last. That being said, why Bound?
The film stands are the filmmaking debut of the Wachowskis. This was their first feature after a few years of writing Marvel Horror Comics and crafting action scripts for WB. The story is simple enough Film Noir, but with a lesbian twist. What was innovative in 1996 now feels like old news. Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly acted their asses off in this one, but my modern attention keeps going to Joe Pantoliano. He brings the thunder and helps to make Corky and Violet’s push that much more necessary.
Also, I totally didn’t know that the guy who directed Vanishing Point was in the movie. How did I miss that one? Needless to say, the film has attracted a certain following over the years and they will want this one ASAP.
- Theatrical and Unrated versions
- Audio commentary with writers/directors The Wachowskis; actors Joe Pantoliano, Jennifer Tilly and Gina Gershon; film editor Zach Staenberg; and technical consultant Susie Bright
- “Part and Parcel” – with titles designer Patti Podesta
- “The Difference Between You and Me” – with film studies and gender studies professors B. Ruby Rich and Jen Moorman
- “Here’s Johnny!” – with Christopher Meloni
- “Femme Fatales” – with Gina Gershon and Jennifer Tilly
- “Modern Noir: The Sights & Sounds of Bound” – with cinematographer Bill Pope, editor Zach Staenberg, and composer Don Davis
- Theatrical Trailer
- Essay by screenwriter/actress Guinevere Turner (American Psycho, Go Fish)
- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 master audio track
RELEASE DATE: 8/28/18
- Video - 97%97%
- Audio - 94%94%
- Special Features - 96%96%
- Content Score - 94%94%
The Plot Thus Far
A groundbreaking work of LGBTQ cinema, Bound stars Gina Gershon (Showgirls) as Corky, a tough-as-nails ex-con, and Jennifer Tilly (Bullets Over Broadway) as her lover Violet. A chance encounter in an elevator ignites a torrid affair between the two women, who soon plot to steal $2 million in laundered mob money and pin the blame on Violet’s mafioso boyfriend, Ceasar (Joe Pantoliano, The Sopranos). A stylish neo-noir, fusing classic tropes with hyper-stylized camera work and color design, Bound is a crackling retro-thriller that never strays too far from its noir roots and would become the first in a line of visually dazzling films from The Wachowskis, the writing and directing team behind the Matrix trilogy.
Bound features a stellar supporting cast that includes Christopher Meloni (TV’s Law & Order: SVU), Richard C. Sarafian (director of the cult film Vanishing Point) and John P. Ryan (Runaway Train) with exquisite photography by Bill Pope (Baby Driver) and razor-sharp editing by Academy Award winner® Zach Staenberg (Best Film Editing, The Matrix, 2000).