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Videodrome

Call Number

  • BLU-RAY SCIENCE FICTION/FANTASY (CEN)

Edition

Director-approved Blu-ray special ed.

Languages

English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing.

Performers

James Woods, Sonja Smits, Deborah Harry, Peter Dvorsky, Les Carlson, Jack Creley, Lynne Gorman.

Publication Information

[Irvington, NY] : Criterion Collection, [2010]

Summary

Title from disc surface.

Originally released as a motion picture in 1983.

Special features: Restored high-definition digital transfer of the unrated version, approved by director David Cronenberg and cinematographer Mark Irwin, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack ; two audio commentaries, one featuring Cronenberg and Irwin, the other, actors James Woods and Deborah Harry ; Camera (2000), a short film by Cronenberg ; Forging the new flesh, a half-hour documentary by filmmaker Michael Lennick about Videodrome's video and prosthetic makeup effects ; Effects men, an audio interview with makeup effects creator Rick 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 roundtable discussion from 1982 with Cronenberg and filmmakers John Carpenter, John Landis, and Mick Garris ; original theatrical trailers and promotional featurette ; still galleries featuring rare behind-the-scenes production photos and posters.

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." His attempts to unearth the program's origins send him on a hallucinatory journey into a shadow world of right-wing conspiracies, sadomasochistic sex games, and bodily transformation.

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