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Videodrome

David Cronenberg

 
Videodrome (Criterion Blu-Ray)

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  • Canada
  • 1983
  • 87 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.85:1
  • English
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  • Spine #248

When Max Renn goes looking for edgy new shows for his sleazy cable TV station, he stumbles across the pirate broadcast of a hyperviolent torture show called Videodrome. As he struggles to unearth the origins of the program, he embarks on a hallucinatory journey into a shadow world of right-wing conspiracies, sadomasochistic sex games, and bodily transformation. Starring James Woods and Deborah Harry in one of her first film roles, Videodrome is one of writer/director David Cronenberg’s most original and provocative works, fusing social commentary with shocking elements of sex and violence. With groundbreaking special effects makeup by Academy Award®-winner Rick Baker, Videodrome has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and mind-bending science fiction films of the 1980s.

Cast

Max Renn James Woods
Bianca O’BlivionSonja Smits
Nicki BrandDeborah Harry
HarlanPeter Dvorsky
Barry Convex Les Carlson
Brian O’BlivionJack Creley
MashaLynne Gorman

Credits

DirectorDavid Cronenberg
ScreenplayDavid Cronenberg
ProducerClaude Héroux
CinematographyMark Irwin
Executive producersPierre David and Victor Solnicki
Associate producerLawrence Nesis
MusicHoward Shore
EditingRonald Sanders
Art directorCarol Spier
Special makeup designed and created by Rick Baker
Special video effectsMichael Lennick
Production managerGwen Iveson
First assistant directorJohn Board
Creative consultantDenise Di Novi

Disc Features

DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION

  • New high-definition digital transfer of the unrated version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
  • Two audio commentaries: David Cronenberg and director of photography Mark Irwin, and actors James Woods and Deborah Harry
  • Camera (2000), a short film starring Videodrome’s Les Carlson, written and directed by Cronenberg
  • Forging the New Flesh, a new half-hour documentary featurette by filmmaker Michael Lennick about the creation of Videodrome’s video and prosthetic makeup effects
  • Effects Men, a new audio interview with special makeup effects creator Baker and video effects supervisor Lennick
  • Bootleg Video: the complete footage of Samurai Dreams and seven minutes of transmissions from “Videodrome,” presented in their original, unedited form with filmmaker commentary
  • Fear on Film, a 26-minute roundtable discussion from 1982 between filmmakers Cronenberg, John Carpenter, John Landis, and Mick Garris
  • Original theatrical trailers and promotional featurette
  • Stills galleries featuring hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes production photos, special effects makeup tests, and publicity photos
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by writers Carrie Rickey, Tim Lucas, and Gary Indiana

    New cover by Eva Wah

Film Essays

Medium Cruel: Reflections on Videodrome

By Tim Lucas December 07, 2010

In 1981, it seemed to me that a new era of fantastic cinema was upon us. With this in mind, I persuaded an editor at Heavy Metal to accept an essay I wanted to write about the new generation of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Videodrome: Make Mine Cronenberg

By Carrie Rickey December 07, 2010

A version of this essay appeared in the Village Voice in January 1983. Although it wasn’t obvious upon its release in 1983, Videodrome is a key work in the David Cronenberg oeuvre. For this . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Videodrome: The Slithery Sense of Unreality

By Gary Indiana December 07, 2010

“Eroticism,” Luis Buñuel told an interviewer, “is a diabolic pleasure that is related to death and rotting flesh.” No filmmaker conveys this idea with more ingenuity and macabre gusto than David . . . Read more »

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March 15, 2016

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Press Notes

Press Notes: Looking Back at 2010

December 22, 2010

Sight & Sound’s annual poll of the year’s best DVD (and Blu-ray) releases is out, and this edition features choices from twenty-four “contributors, DVD distributors, and curators.” We’re . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Medium Cruel: Reflections on Videodrome

By Tim Lucas December 07, 2010

In 1981, it seemed to me that a new era of fantastic cinema was upon us. With this in mind, I persuaded an editor at Heavy Metal to accept an essay I wanted to write about the new generation of . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Videodrome: Make Mine Cronenberg

By Carrie Rickey December 07, 2010

A version of this essay appeared in the Village Voice in January 1983. Although it wasn’t obvious upon its release in 1983, Videodrome is a key work in the David Cronenberg oeuvre. For this . . . Read more »


Film Essays

Videodrome: The Slithery Sense of Unreality

By Gary Indiana December 07, 2010

“Eroticism,” Luis Buñuel told an interviewer, “is a diabolic pleasure that is related to death and rotting flesh.” No filmmaker conveys this idea with more ingenuity and macabre gusto than David . . . Read more »


News

Aces in the Hole

June 23, 2010

Two of our favorite artists, filmmaker David Cronenberg (Naked Lunch, Videodrome) and novelist Jonathan Lethem (who’s written liner notes for us and even set the opening scene of his most recent . . . Read more »


Clippings

Lunch at Midnight

February 22, 2009

“If there’s such a thing as an ideal time of day to expose yourself to the deranging, hallucinatory visions of the Canadian filmmaker David Cronenberg, midnight might well be it,” writes critic . . . Read more »

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