David Cronenberg

Videodrome

Videodrome

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.

Film Info

Director-Approved Special Edition Features

  • 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

Purchase Options

Special Features

  • 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

Videodrome
Cast
James Woods
Max Renn
Sonja Smits
Bianca O’Blivion
Deborah Harry
Nicki Brand
Peter Dvorsky
Harlan
Les Carlson
Barry Convex
Jack Creley
Brian O’Blivion
Lynne Gorman
Masha
Credits
Director
David Cronenberg
Screenplay
David Cronenberg
Producer
Claude Héroux
Cinematography
Mark Irwin
Executive producers
Pierre David
Executive producers
Victor Solnicki
Associate producer
Lawrence Nesis
Music
Howard Shore
Editing
Ronald Sanders
Art director
Carol Spier
Special makeup designed and created by
Rick Baker
Special video effects
Michael Lennick
Production manager
Gwen Iveson
First assistant director
John Board
Creative consultant
Denise Di Novi

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