Written by: Michael Den Boer on July 21st, 2016
Theatrical Release Date: USA, 1993
Directors: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Writers: Scott McGehee, David Siegel
Cast: Dennis Haysbert, Mel Harris, Sab Shimono, Dina Merrill, Michael Harris, David Graf, Fran Ryan, John Ingle, Sanford Gibbons
BluRay released: July 4th, 2016 (UK) / July 5th, 2016 (USA)
Approximate running time: 91 Minutes
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Widescreen / 1080 Progressive / MPEG-4 AVC
Rating: 18 (UK), NR (USA)
Sound: LPCM Stereo English
Subtitles: English SDH
BluRay Release: Arrow Video USA
Region Coding: Region Free / Region Free NTSC
Retail Price: $39.95 (USA) / £17.99 (UK)
Synopsis: Two brothers Vincent and Clay met for the first time after their fathers’ funeral. And though they bear a striking resemblance to each other. Their individual upbringing could not be farther apart, Vincent has lived a life of privilege, while Clay brother has lived a life oppressed by poverty. Not waiting to share the inheritance with his brother Vincent concocts a plan to eliminate Clay once and for all.
Suture is the first feature film directed by Scott McGehee and David Siegel who have since went onto directed together these films, The Deep End, Bee Season, Uncertainty and What Maisie Knew. Key collaborators on Suture include, cinematographer Greg Gardiner (Far Out Man, Somebody Is Waiting) and composer Cary Berger (Full Tilt Boogie).
How can one man be identified as someone else, especially when they do not look the same and more importantly one man is causation and the other man is black. It is exactly this gigantic leap of faith that that makes or breaks this film. And in order to get the most out of this film one must first embrace its nuanced edifice’s. Most notable embracing this film’s systems of belief in regards to this film’s protagonist Clay.
As far as thriller’s go this film features a meticulously constructed narrative that ensures that there is never a dull moment. And though the main characters are etched in stoned beforehand. This proves not to be an issues as the film does a good job filling in the main characters’ pasts as the narrative evolves.
From a production stand point there is not a single area where this film does not excel and then some. With its striking use of black & white cinematography being its greatest asset. With this film standout moment being the scene where Vincent remarks to Clay about how much they look alike. Besides the aforementioned Film Noir visuals, other strengths of this production include its editing and its sound design.
Also a tremendous amount of weight lays on the shoulders of its leading man Dennis Haysbert who more than proves that he is up to the task with his remarkable task. And performance wise the rest of the cast all are all good in their respective roles. Ultimately Suture is a one of kind paranoid thriller that saves its best moment for an unforgettable finale.
Suture comes on a 50 GB dual layer BluRay. The film is presented in a 1080 progressive widescreen. The image looks crisp, black and contrast levels remain strong throughout. Also there are no issues with DNR or compression.
This release comes with one audio option, a LPCM stereo mix English and included with this release are removable English SDH subtitles. This is a film that relies as much on ambience as it does on dialog and in both of these regards this audio more than delivers the goods. Also there are no issues with background noise or distortion and everything sounds balanced.
Extras for this release include, a stills gallery, three deleted scenes, the U.S. trailer (2 minutes 5 seconds), the European trailer (1 minute 35 seconds), a short film also directed by Scott McGehee & David Siegel titled Birds Past (27 minutes 28 seconds), a documentary titled Lacerations: The Making of Suture (thirty-two minutes 23 seconds) and an audio commentary with screenwriters / directors Scott McGehee, David Siegel and filmmaker Steven Soderbergh.
Topics discussed in the documentary include, Scott McGehee & David Siegel discuss the origins of their filmmaking partnership, films that inspired them to make Suture and how said films often were paranoid thrillers or involved twins, how they refused to change the conceit of having twins brother portrayed by actors who did not look alike, the cast, locations, the look of the film, post production, the score and their thoughts about the film.
Content wise though this audio commentary has a lot of same info that is covered in the documentary. There is still a wealth of information about independent filmmaking that can be gleaned from this audio commentary.
Rounding out the extras is a reversible cover art and a thirty-two-page booklet with cast & crew info, two essays about the film – the first essay titled Dead Ringers of Fire written by Philippe Garnier and the second essay titled How Did We Get Here? Written by Jonathan Romney, contemporary reviews and information about the transfer. Also included with this release is a DVD that has the same content included on the Blu-Ray included as part of this combo release. Overall another exceptional release from Arrow Video.