Videodrome [Special Edition] [Criterion Collection] [2 Discs] [DVD] [1982]

  • SKU: 6748576
  • Release Date: 08/31/2004
  • Rating: R
Hardcore pornography, sadomasochism, mind control, and living televisions all play crucial roles in Videodrome, one of director David Cronenberg's explorations of dangerous sexuality and technological obsession. The morally questionable hero of the tale is one Max Renn (James Woods), a television executive searching for an intense new program for his sex-oriented network. He ultimately discovers an underground program called "Videodrome," which appears to broadcast pornographic snuff films of actual murders. Horrified but perversely intrigued, Renn sets out to find the truth behind the program. During his search, he meets alluring femme fatale Nicki (Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry), technology cult leader Bianca O'Blivion, and other mysterious figures. Things become even more disturbing for Renn as his addiction grows, and the program begins to infect the outside world -- or perhaps merely destroy own his sanity. Cronenberg mingles his cerebral concerns about the nature of reality in the video age with enough visceral gore (courtesy of Rick Baker) to satisfy the film's intended horror audience.
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Special Features


  • Disc 1: New high-definition digital transfer of the unrated version, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions
  • 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
  • English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
  • Disc 2: 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 Mike 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
  • Plus: a 40-page booklet featuring an essay by film critic Carrie Rickey, excerpts from an unpublished book on Videodrome by film critic and publisher Tim Lucas, and a new essay by novelist and culture critic Gary Indiana

Synopsis


Videodrome
Hardcore pornography, sadomasochism, mind control, and living televisions all play crucial roles in Videodrome, one of director David Cronenberg's explorations of dangerous sexuality and technological obsession. The morally questionable hero of the tale is one Max Renn (James Woods), a television executive searching for an intense new program for his sex-oriented network. He ultimately discovers an underground program called "Videodrome," which appears to broadcast pornographic snuff films of actual murders. Horrified but perversely intrigued, Renn sets out to find the truth behind the program. During his search, he meets alluring femme fatale Nicki (Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry), technology cult leader Bianca O'Blivion, and other mysterious figures. Things become even more disturbing for Renn as his addiction grows, and the program begins to infect the outside world -- or perhaps merely destroy own his sanity. Cronenberg mingles his cerebral concerns about the nature of reality in the video age with enough visceral gore (courtesy of Rick Baker) to satisfy the film's intended horror audience. ~ Judd Blaise, Rovi

Cast & Crew


  • James Woods
    James Woods - Max Renn
  • Sonja Smits
    Sonja Smits - Bianca O'Blivion
  • Deborah Harry
    Deborah Harry - Nicki Brand
  • Image coming soon
    Peter Dvorsky - Harlan
  • Image coming soon
    Les Carlson - Barry Convex



Overall customer rating

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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Television into Life...

    Posted
    Tigon

    This rare gem of a film from director of 1986's 'The Fly' and the latter 2000 movie ' A History of Violence' depicts the television and its networks as enemies of controlling your mind !!! James Woods gives a fearful performance as its hero. The movie is distributed of Canada and dated of 1983 but rings volumes on televisions' impressions of society by tidal wavelengths of manipulating human thought. The intro of the VCR is hokey, but the movie's message is eternal.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    A great film, but incredibly weird.

    Posted
    Somelazybum
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    This movie is from the great criterion collection. This movie sends chills and thrills even to this day. The restoration was done with care and everything is in spectacular visual quality. Long live the new flesh indeed.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Long Live the Criterion

    Posted
    Krueger
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    If you can handle the subject matter, pull the trigger on this one. This story is a twisted one. I've yet to see a movie quite like this and I just recently discovered it thanks to Criterion. James Woods is great.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    One of the weirdest films ever made.

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    Anonymous
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    David Cronenberg movies are not for everyone, but if you can stomach weird subject matter and enjoy experimental body horror movies, you may be able to endure this. It is fantastic.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Videodrome Bluray

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    krys27
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    Criterion goes above and beyond when it comes to packaging and extra goodies in their extras on the Bluray itself

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Godd quality for an old DVD

    Posted
    Shadow
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    Was able to find this old DVD, have it arrive on a timely basis and also have a good quality picture and sound DVD for a 1980's low budget film.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    So odd.

    Posted
    Jackmoonman
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    Long live the new flesh! Videodrome is here on Criterion! This film will leave you speechless and begging for more! Cronenberg at his best

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Classic!

    Posted
    Jabbah
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    Classic Cronenberg at his best. James Woods is awesome too. Well worth it!

    I would recommend this to a friend



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