Videodrome [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Videodrome [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: David Cronenberg Cast: James Woods
James Woods
, Sonja Smits
Sonja Smits
, Deborah Harry
Deborah Harry
, Peter Dvorsky
Peter Dvorsky
David Cronenberg
Videodrome [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Videodrome [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: David Cronenberg Cast: James Woods
James Woods
, Sonja Smits
Sonja Smits
, Deborah Harry
Deborah Harry
, Peter Dvorsky
Peter Dvorsky
David Cronenberg

Blu-ray (Wide Screen)

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Overview

In this David Cronenberg film, a strange television show called Videodrome, which shows uncut, unedited films of seemingly real human torture and murder, is intercepted by cable-television programmer Max Renn (James Woods) who specializes in soft-core pornography. Fascinated, and hoping to duplicate some of what he sees for his own audience, Max searches to discover the show's producer and place of origin. He also begins an intense sadomasochistic affair with the mysterious Nicki (Debbie Harry).The scene where Max meets Nicki on a television talk show and seduces her -- to the great consternation of the hostess -- is hilarious. Along with a more than academic interest in shape objects and Swiss army knives, Nicki is also drawn to Videodrome, but wants to be a participant rather than part of the audience. When she disappears, Max becomes obsessed by his search, which leads him to a the daughter of a mysterious media guru, Bianca O'Blivion (Sonja Smits). What he discovers both frightens and fascinates Max, leading to the unusual and ambiguous conclusion. James Woods brings great intensity and an off-beat sensuality to the character of Max. Rock star Debbie Harry is sexy and intriguing as the very kinky Nicki. The film is marred by some thematic inconsistencies and an unsatisfactory conclusion, but Cronenberg, who wrote and directed, creates a dark and mesmerizingly atmospheric vision.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/07/2010
UPC: 0715515062510
Original Release: 1982
Rating: R
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Presentation: [Wide Screen]
Language: English
Time: 1:29:00
Sales rank: 259

Special Features

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 other transmissions from videodrone, 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; Stills gallery featuring rare behind-the-scenes production photos and posters; Plus: a booklet featuring essays by writers Carrie Rickey, Tim Lucas, and Gary Indiana

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Woods Max Renn
Sonja Smits Bianca O'Blivion
Deborah Harry Nicki Brand
Peter Dvorsky Harlan
Les Carlson Barry Convex,Barry Convex
Jack Creley Prof. Brian O'Blivion
Lynne Gorman Masha
Julie Khaner Briley
Reiner Schwarz Moses
David Bolt Rafe
Lally Cadeau Rena King
Sam Malkin Bum
Bob Church Newscaster
Jayne Eastwood Caller
Franciszka Hedland Bellydancer
Harvey Chao Salesman
David Tsubouchi Salesman
Henry Gomez Brolley
Kay Hawtrey Matron
Rainer Schwartz Actor
Kay Hawtry Matron
Howard Shore Composer

Technical Credits
David Cronenberg Director,Screenwriter
Pierre David Executive Producer,Producer
Victor Solnicki Executive Producer,Producer
Claude Heroux Producer
Rick Baker Special Effects
Frank Carere Special Effects
Michael Lennick Special Effects
Claude Héroux Producer
James Stuart Allan Special Effects
Charles Bowers Sound Effects
Peter Burgess Sound Effects
Terry Burke Sound Effects
Elius Caruso Sound Effects
Michele Cook Sound Effects
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