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Press Release Criterion Press Release: Bound (1996) (4k UHD Combo) (Blu-ray) (1 Viewer)

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Before they blew the world’s mind with The Matrix, Lana and Lilly Wachowski delivered a jolt of pure pulp pleasure with their hyperstylish debut, which puts a deliciously sapphic spin on a crackerjack caper premise. When butch plumber Corky (Gina Gershon) catches the eye of alluring femme (fatale) Violet (Jennifer Tilly), little does she know she’s about to be drawn into both a torrid affair and a high-stakes heist that will pit the pair against the mob. With crackling dialogue, luscious neonoir cinematography, and live-wire performances by Gershon, Tilly, and Joe Pantoliano, Bound is a genre-reimagining joyride that keeps both the tension and the erotic heat rising through each crazily careening twist.

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  • United States
  • 1996
  • 108 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
  • Spine #1220

    DIRECTOR-APPROVED 4K UHD + BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES​

    • New 4K digital restoration, supervised and approved by cinematographer Bill Pope, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack
    • One 4K UHD disc of the film presented in Dolby Vision HDR and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
    • Audio commentary featuring directors Lana and Lilly Wachowski; actors Gina Gershon, Joe Pantoliano, and Jennifer Tilly; editor Zach Staenberg; and technical consultant Susie Bright
    • New video essay by film critic Christina Newland
    • Six interview programs featuring Gershon, Pantoliano, Pope, Staenberg, Tilly, actor Christopher Meloni, composer Don Davis, title designer Patti Podesta, and film scholars Jennifer Moorman and B. Ruby Rich
    • Trailers
    • English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing

      New cover by Drusilla Adeline/Sister Hyde Design

      June 18, 2024
 

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Great movie, but I will wait for the reviews to decide if it's worth an upgrade from the Olive Signature release. The bonus features look to be about the same.
 

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Great movie, but I will wait for the reviews to decide if it's worth an upgrade from the Olive Signature release. The bonus features look to be about the same.
There's some chatter on Reddit around rated versus unrated, and while the runtimes are similar, the Criterion appears to be the shorter (rated) version.
 

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There's some chatter on Reddit around rated versus unrated, and while the runtimes are similar, the Criterion appears to be the shorter (rated) version.
It would be surprising for Criterion to go with the R-rated cut, especially if this edition is "director-approved." Unless they've changed their minds, the Wachowskis have always maintained the unrated version is their preferred cut.
 

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I just checked the Olive Signature Blu-ray and the unrated cut is approx 1:48:19 minus the Olive and Paramount logos, which aren't on the theatrical cut (which is 1:48:18). Seems like the only difference between the two cuts is the use of more explicit takes in the unrated, but otherwise identical runtimes.

Great news, as this is worthy of Criterion. Great debut from the Wachowskis and a stellar 90s neo-noir.
 

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I saw this film once, forever ago. The only thing I can really remember from it is a hilarious tracking shot, showing a phone cord coming out of a wall. There’s a loop in the cord, and the camera follows around the loop. Unnecessary, but funny.
 

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