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6 Degrees Entertainment

(Bug Hall, Nicholas Turturro, William Katt, et al / DVD / NR / 2016 / MVD Visual)

Overview: 'Subterranea' follows a man with no name (known only as "The Captive"), who, after being contained his entire life within a darkened cell, never seeing the light of day or even another human being, is released into the world for the first time as an adult with nothing but the clothes on his back.

DVD Verdict: Arriving with a whole new cover art attached, it doesn't change the impact the actual movie had on me - which was that it was, overall, a rather decent movie from Birdman Films and one that works, almost, on every low budget level.

Having spent his entire life in a dark cell, never seeing the light of day or another human being, "The Captive" (Bug Hall) is released into society and must learn how to live for the first time as an adult. Along the way, he discovers that he's part of a social experiment and sets off to find answers about his dark past.

Based on the album of the same name by British Prog Rock band IQ, 'Subterrena' is a movie about finding out just who we really are, deep within ourselves. There's a lot, a LOT of soul searching here for "The Captive", but he manages to overcome and move on from gazing wearily into mirrors to taking control of the situation he's been forced into.

From the producer of 'The Man From Earth', this film is dark - literally, for the most part, and figuratively - and once blended, begins to fire very nicely in a cinematic reveal. It quickly reveals that lesson number one is that you have to watch your back, which "The Captive" does admirably once free; and yet pestered by someone new to him who had been through the same thing. Lesson number two is never trust anyone and boy, he blurs those lines to perfection. This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.