Synopsis from IFC:
With the newly released DVD edition of this unsettling picture you get some helpful extras. Commentary with Writer/Director Peter Strickland who is pretty new at the director game, but has managed to leave a big mark already. There's a behind the scenes featurette, Box Hill Documentary, some deleted, extended and alternate scenes as well as a photo gallery, trailer... basically a fairly loaded disc. That may be more than you're willing to explore. It's as much an audio fuck as it is a visual pork. Strickland gets you by attacking you with strange cuts and sounds and repetition.
So after you indulge the film a second viewing you'll get a better grasp of when sound engineer Gilderoy looses it, but equally you'll become more sympathetic to the challenges he faces. My dreams (delusions or fantasies at best) of becoming a sound engineer on a horror production were shattered by watching BSS. This is the kind of meticulous that can only be supported by the most controlling of minds. When that mind is put to the test, offered critique or demand or direction, well... there's the kind of psychotic break we might expect from a Norman Bates. We can chock up Jones' performance to something in the Perkins school without rewinding the tape.
I'm going to strongly recommend this picture to film students or people in the industry even though I myself am not in the industry. Equally fans of psychological thrillers of Hitchcock or De Palma will feel right at home. Perhaps even David Lynch fans. Strickland creates madness. Jones is the madness. This movie will make you feel batty.
You can pick up Berberian Sound Studio now (and I keep slipping and calling it Berberian Sound System so don't feel bad if you do the same).