Combining the bio-horror elements of his earlier films whilst anticipating the technological themes of his later work, Videodrome exemplifies Cronenberg s extraordinary talent for making both visceral and cerebral cinema.
Max Renn (James Woods) is looking for fresh new content for his TV channel when he happens across some illegal S&M-style broadcasts called Videodrome . Embroiling his girlfriend Nicki (Debbie Harry) in his search for the source, his journey begins to blur the lines between reality and fantasy as he works his way through sadomasochistic games, shady organisations and body transformations stunningly realised by the Oscar-winning makeup effects artist Rick Baker.
Hailed by his contemporaries John Carpenter ( he s better than all of us combined ) and Martin Scorsese ( no one makes films like he does ) as a genius, Videodrome, was Cronenberg s most mature work to date and still stands as one of his greatest.
SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:
- Restored high-definition digital transfer of the unrated version, approved by director David Cronenberg and cinematographer Mark Irwin
- Original mono audio
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, the on-set correspondent for Cinefantastique Magazine and author of Videodrome: Studies in the Horror Film
- David Cronenberg and the Cinema of the Extreme A documentary programme featuring interviews with Cronenberg, George A. Romero and Alex Cox on Cronenberg s cinema, censorship and the horror genre
- Forging the New Flesh A documentary programme by filmmaker Michael Lennick on Videodrome s video and prosthetic make up effects
- Videoblivion - A brand new interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin
- A brand new interview with producer Pierre David
- AKA Jack Martin - Dennis Etchison, author of novelizations of Videodrome, Halloween, Halloween II and III and The Fog, discusses Videodrome and his observations of Cronenberg s script
- The complete uncensored Samurai Dreams footage with commentary by Michael Lennick
- Helmet Test and Betamax - Two featurettes by Michael Lennick on effects featured in the film
- Camera (2000) Cronenberg s short film starring Videodrome s Les Carlson
- Fear on Film: A round table discussion from 1982 with Cronenberg, John Carpenter, John Landis and Mick Garris
- Deleted scenes from the TV version
- Promotional featurette with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Cronenberg, James Woods, Deborah Harry and Rick Baker
- Original trailers
- Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx