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Review: Suture (Arrow Video)

Starring: Dennis Haysbert, David Graf, Dina Merrill, Mel Harris, Sab Shimono

Directed: David Siegel, Scott McGehee

Release Date: July 5, 2016

Run Time: 96 Minutes

Format: Blu-Ray Color: B/W

Audio: English Subtitles:

Distributor: Arrow Video



Inspired by the paranoid visions of John Frankenheimer’s The Manchurian Candidate and Seconds, the desert noir of Detour and the black and white widescreen beauty of Hiroshi Teshigahara’s The Face of Another and Woman of the Dunes, Suture is one of great feature debuts – by writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee – and a truly unique piece of cinema.

The wealthy and self-assured Vincent (Michael Harris) meets his blue collar half-brother Clay (Dennis Haysbert) at their father’s funeral and is struck by their similarity. He decides to murder Clay and take his identity, only Clay survives the assassination attempt with no memory and is mistaken for Vincent. The fact that Harris is white and Haysbert is black only complicates a film that probes into the nature of identity.

After viewing an early rough cut, Steven Soderbergh came on board as executive producer and enthusiastic patron. Suture went on to become a hit on the festival circuit, including Sundance where it deservedly won the award for Best Cinematography.




Audio Language: English

The Sound Quality is Pretty good with Clear dialogue and decent deep end.



Picture Quality

Disc Format: Blu-Ray

The Picture Quality is pretty good. Sharp Details the black and whites look great but times film grain can overpower the whites in a scene or two but does not take away from how good it looks.


Note: Equipment used to watch the film can be found below

Theatrical release Date: September 14, 1993 (Canada)
Disc release Date: July 5, 2016 (USA)
    • Brand new 4K restoration from the original camera negative
    • High Definition (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD Presentations
    • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
    • Audio commentary with writer-directors David Siegel and Scott McGehee
    • All-new interviews with Siegel, McGehee, executive producer Steven Soderbergh, actor Dennis Haysbert, cinematographer Greg Gardiner, editor Lauren Zuckerman and production designer Kelly McGehee
    • Deleted scenes
    • Birds Past, Siegel & McGehee’s first short film, about two young San Franciscans who journey to Bodega Bay along the path set by Tippi Hedren in Hitchcock’s classic, The Birds.
    • US theatrical trailer
    • European theatrical trailer
    • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by maarko phntm



My Thoughts


Suture is an Interesting Smart thriller that pits two brother against each other. One Black, One White but both have the same look or so we are told. We are told that us, the Audience see’s one thing but the characters see another and in-fact they are twin brothers. After meeting each other at their fathers funeral the white brother takes the black brother to his house but sets him up and try’s to kill him but fails. He takes his identity in which the story jumps in out of confusion with the identity of both brothers. Who is who, wheres the twist, what the hell is going on. Are both actors portraying black or are they both portraying white? Say What!

The story is a twisting turning thriller that confusing the viewer on purpose. I thought it was great as it’s a thinking story a mystery a thriller and a story that may need to be looked up on during or after viewing the film to catch the full go of this film. With that I see that the story will put some viewers off but it will captivate those who get it. Down side it is slow at times and the editing could use a bit of work on some scenes. Acting wise I found it great but one or two small roles seemed a little off on that department. Another cool portion was seeing Police Academy Actor David Graf (The Guy Who Liked his guns) was Playing a Cop. The movie filmed in 93 is in Black and White and does feel like it was old thanks to the way the camera is moved at times and the way some scenes where cut together.

Overall the film was a good watch/. Some may find it boring or just not understanding but for me I the whole concept was great. Mind twisting at times but the story can get slow as it’s a Dialogue film. Yes it’s not perfect it has some downs for me but mostly I found the film full of Ups.

With that said I give Suture a 4 out of 5 as its was put together nicely. Great story with some thinking and researching involved. Give it a shot.


Rating – 5 Star System




4 stars



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Samsung (UN46C6900) 46-Inch 1080p LED HDTV

DVD/Blu-Ray Player

OPPO BDP – 103 (Highly Recommended)

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Pioneer VSX-516-K 7.1-Channel

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Pioneer S-HF 11C

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KLH 9250B Floor – 350 watts

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KLH 100 watt Bookshelf

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Sony SA-W3000 180 Watt 12″ sub

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Note: I Know my speakers are way outdated. OPPO Blu-Ray Player is one of the best around and used in most home theaters. The Receiver is pretty good but on the line of out dated. Subwoofer is good with tons of bass but not the theater quality from a $400 Sub. Front speakers are fun with tons of power and are good for standalone’s but higher end sound (Hz) is lower quality. Overall I need to update on all speakers granted I do get decent sound out of them just the higher end falls short.

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