Written by: Michael Den Boer on January 12th, 2015
BluRay released: January 27th, 2015
Approximate running time: 98 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Sound: DTS-HD 5.1 English, DTS-HD Stereo English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Blue Underground
Region Coding: Region Free
Retail Price: $29.98
Synopsis: Peter (Roger Ress) a Psychotherapist and Suzanne (Geno Lechner) a dominatrix that he has been seeing decide to take their relationship one step further by seeing each other outside of their usual sessions. Their affair soon takes a dark turn when Peter becomes increasingly more reliant on seeing and being with Suzanne who feels the relationship is moving too fast. Will they be able to find a common ground or will Peter’s obsession with Suzanne destroy the connection they share?
Going Under is a film that sees two completely different people on the surface and yet so much a like inside hooking up for a dangerous indiscretion. Director Eric Werthman who also co-wrote the screenplay handles the Sadomasochism with great subtlety and at no time does he ever let this dark subject matter ever get to explicitly graphic. Instead most of the film’s most graphic moments are mostly off screen leaving the interpolation of the characters pain in the mind of the viewer.
The film is magnificently cast with two flawless performances from its two leads Roger Rees and Geno Lechner. Rees play a married Psychotherapist who has gone to outside sources like a Dominatrix to satisfy him sexual. It is through pain that he gains his greatest satisfaction. Lechner plays a wounded soul named Suzanne whose childhood damaged her terribly and now as an adult she has gained all the power that was once forced on her via her job as a Dominatrix. Ultimately both actors give fearless performances that transcend the material at hand which ultimately makes their characters all the more believe and real. Overall Going Under is an extraordinary film about the darker sides of intimacy and its subsequent consequences, highly recommended.
Going Under comes on a 25 GB single layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. There are no issues with compression, colors and flesh tones look accurate, details look crisp, contrast and black levels look very good throughout.
This release comes with two audio options, a DTS-HD 5.1 mix in English and a DTS-HD stereo mix in English. Both audio mixes are clean, clear and balanced. The film’s score sounds appropriately robust and the more ambient aspects of the soundtrack are well represented throughout. Also included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles.
Extras for this release include a teaser (1 minutes 27 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and a trailer for the film (3 minutes 14 seconds – anamorphic widescreen), a segment about New York’s premiere fetish even of the year titled ‘NYC Black & Blue Ball’ (5 minutes 55 seconds – 1.33:1 aspect ratio), a featurette titled ‘Pushing the Boundaries’ (16 minutes 37 seconds – anamorphic widescreen) and an audio commentary with co-screenwriter / director Eric Werthman and actor Roger Rees. All of the extras are presented in a 480i standard definition.
Topics discussed Geno Lechner and Roger Rees in ‘Pushing the Boundaries’ include working intimately with another actor, looking for roles that challenge you as an actor, what made them decide to work on this film, working with director Eric Werthman, onscreen chemistry, how neither of them had any background in S & M and the research they did for the film and their thoughts on the final product.
Topics discussed during the audio commentary include, the murals that are featured in the opening credits and how they and the film’s score help set the mood, location shooting that included the use of actual S & M dungeons, the script and its risqué content, how things differed from script to onscreen, how sexual addiction is still considered taboo compared to most other addictions, the look of the film and their thoughts on key scenes in the film.
Overall Going Under makes its way to Hi-Def via a first rate release from Blue Underground.