DVD Review: UNDER THE SILVER LAKE

UNDER THE SILVER LAKE was written and directed by David Robert Mitchell and stars Andre Garfield, Riley Keough, Grace Van Patten, Topher Grace, Riki Lindhome, Callie Hernandez,Jimmi Simpson, Patrick Fischler and Luke Barnes.

Sam (Andrew Garfield) is a disenchanted 33-year-old who discovers a mysterious woman, Sarah (Riley Keough), frolicking in his apartment’s swimming pool. When she vanishes, Sam embarks on a surreal quest across Los Angeles to decode the secret behind her disappearance, leading him into the murkiest depths of mystery, scandal, and conspiracy in the City of Angels. From writer-director David Robert Mitchell comes a sprawling, playful and unexpected mystery-comedy detective thriller about the Dream Factory and its denizens—dog killers, aspiring actors, glitter-pop groups, nightlife personalities, It girls, memorabilia hoarders, masked seductresses, homeless gurus, reclusive songwriters, sex workers, wealthy socialites, topless neighbors, and the shadowy billionaires floating above (and underneath) it all. Mining a noir tradition extending from Kiss Me Deadly and The Long Goodbye to Chinatown and Mulholland Drive, Mitchell uses the topography of Los Angeles as a backdrop for a deeper exploration into the hidden meaning and secret codes buried within the things we love.

Sam is a slacker who lives in an old 60’s-style apartment building and doesn’t really have much going for him. He uses his binoculars to spy on his female neighbors, and when he sees Sarah down by the pool, he gets an instant crush. Sam makes his move and introduces himself to the free-spirited Sarah and the two become friendly aquantances. Just when things are getting good Sarah disappears so Sam decides to do some investigating to see if he can find out what happened to her.

Sam’s relentless search takes him all over Los Angeles and into underground clubs, hidden bunkers, dark alleyways and even cemetaries. He meets all kinds of interesting personalites and with each meeting he gets one step closer to uncovering the truth of what actually happened to Sarah. Sam begins to think that Sarah might be dead because of what all he’s seen in his wild and unforgettable search but in the end he finds out the disappointing truth. It’s not what you think!

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. The DVD disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this standard-definition release were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Under the Silver Lake is the latest A24 Films offering and it’s definitely a weird one. David Robert Mitchell made his mark with his full-blown horror creeper It Follows a few years back and now he’s ventured off into several new genres that include mystery, suspense, neo-noir and even comedy. Under the Silver Lake is a trippy watch to say the least and it’s a slow burn with a long run time but it’s an entertaining movie that pays homage to classic neo-noir thrillers plus it has a 90’s alt soundtrack to go along with it. The story was interesting and I thought the cast did a good job with their characters with L.A. set as the backdrop. It’s not going to be for everyone but I’d still say put this strange oddball on your watch list and give it a try. Under the Silver Lake will be available on DVD on June 18th.

Distributor: Lionsgate Home Entertainment

Run Time: 140 Minutes

Rated: R

DVD Video: 16×9 Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH amd Spanish

Special Features: The extras include two making of featurettes that focus on the production design of the movie and its music.

  • What Lies Under the Silver Lake – Production Design (10:25)
  • Beautiful Specter – Musical Neo-Noir (09:30)
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