You can thank (or blame) Steven Soderbergh’s sex, lies and videotape
for ushering in the independent film movement of the 1990s. Blu-ray Bob prefers an exciting, well-shot genre film to a sepia-hued, maudlin kitchen-sink drama with a shaky camera, but sex, lies and videotape
is a well-written, funny indie that is just as provocative today as it was in 1989. Slated to be released on Blu-ray this month, the dark comedy quietly fell off the schedule with no explanation given. Now Sony has announced sex, lies and videotape
finally will make its Blu-ray debut on November 17. The movie—starring Peter Gallagher, Andie MacDowell, James Spader and Laura San Giacomo—exposes the sexual proclivities and hang-ups of four characters whose lives have become impossibly intertwined. Bonus features include a “20-Year Reunion at the Sundance Film Festival,” commentary with Soderbergh and Neil LaBute, deleted scenes, and a "movieIQ" feature that connects to the Internet to explore updated information on the cast and crew. A featurette explaining why Sundance and indie films in general have become hopelessly pretentious and irritating is sadly nowhere to be found.