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Videodrome (2-DVD) R

First it controls your mind. Then it destroys your body.
Videodrome (2-DVD)
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DVD Features:

  • New High-Definition Digital Transfer
  • Commentaries By David Cronenberg, James Woods, Deborah Harry, And Mark Irwin
  • Camera, A 2000 Short Film By David Cronenberg Forming The New Flesh, A New Half-Hour Documentary Featurette By Video Effects Artist Michael Lennick
  • "Samurai Dreams," The Complete Faux Japanese AV Feature Seen in the Film
  • A Discussion with Cronenberg, John Carpenter, John Landis, and Mick Garris
  • Original Theatrical Trailers
  • Number of Discs: 2
  • Rated: R
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 29 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 31, 2004
  • Originally Released: 1983
  • Label: Criterion
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Keep Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 1.85
  • Additional Release Material:
    • Featurette
    • Documentary: FORMING THE NEW FLESH
    • Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
    • Shorts:
      1. CAMERA (Dir. David Cronenberg)
      3. FEAR ON FILM
    • Audio Commentary:
      1. David Cronenberg - Director
      2. James Woods - Star
      3. Deborah Harry - Star
      4. Mark Irwin - Director of Photography
  • Text/Photo Galleries:
    • Stills/Photos
    • Additional Text:
      1. Essay By Film Critic Carrie Rickey
      2. Essay By VIDEODROME Expert Tim Lucas

Performers, Cast and Crew:

Starring , &
Directed by
Screenwriting by
Produced by

Memorable Quotes and Dialog:

"Torture, murder, mutilation! Brilliant! Absolutely brilliant, and almost no production costs. Where do they get actors who can do this'"
  - Max Renn (James Woods)
"The television screen is the retina of the mind's eye. Therefore the television screen is part of the physical structure of the brain. Therefore whatever appears on the television screen emerges as raw experience for those who watch it. Therefore television is reality, and reality is less than television."
  - Professor Brian O'Blivion (Jack Creley)

Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh80%

Total Count: 49


User Ratings: 41,106
Rating: 87/100 -- intriguing, deeply interesting film that over the course of almost three decades has acquired a prescient quality, but it's also schlock; a kind of cyberpunk rewrite of Network that indulges Cronenberg's taste for venereal horror. Full Review
Arkansas Democrat-Gazette
Jan 16, 2011
Rating: 5/5 -- Videodrome shows us a world of our making should we continue a dangerous relationship with media, its various mediums, the images it puts into our brains. Full Review
Father Son Holy Gore
May 6, 2019
Rating: 3.5/4 -- ...envisions a coming world of authoritarian entertainment. Full Review
Jan 30, 2018
...[Cronenberg] is developing a real genius for this sort of thing....[Woods] gives the performance a sharply authentic edge...
New York Times
Feb 4, 1983
Simultaneously stupefying and boring, Videodrome is too extreme a blunder to survive exposure to a justifiably disillusioned horror-movie public. Full Review
Washington Post
Aug 4, 2015
Rating: 2/5 -- On a line starting with quality and ending with incompetence. Full Review
Apr 18, 2001
There are distinct signs of strain in the plot convolutions, not least in the spectator's loss of faith over indiscriminate and cheating use of hallucination; what certainly survives is Cronenberg's wholesale disgust with the world in general. Full Review
Time Out
Jan 26, 2006

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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 unearths 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. Renn's ordinary life dissolves around him, and he finds himself at the center of a conflict between opposing factions in the struggle to control the truth behind the radical human future of "the New Flesh." 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, and The Criterion Collection is proud to present it in its full-length unrated edition.

Product Description:

Sleazy cable TV programmer Max Renn (Woods) encounters a strange new program known as "Videodrome". Under its mysterious influence, Max's fantasies seem to come to life as strange things begin to happen and reality is not what it seems. Unmistakable weirdness from cult director Cronenberg.

Plot Synopsis:

Max Renn runs an unauthorized cable channel in Toronto that caters to viewers demanding increasingly violent and pornographic material. One night, in search of new programming fodder, he stumbles across a scrambled satellite transmission emanating from unknown regions -- a startlingly graphic broadcast that routinely depicts the brutal torture and murder of women. Excited by his find, Renn attempts to track the show to its origins, but he continually encounters resistance, including a warning from one of his programming suppliers that the broadcasts are not dramatizations but depictions of actual murders.
Undaunted, Renn finally traces the show to Pittsburgh, where he encounters the transmissions of a Messianic madman known as Brian O'Blivion. Although O'Blivion is dead, his daughter continues to spread his twisted gospel by broadcasting old videotapes of his sermons, encouraging people to embrace the barbarous new TV world as reality. Eventually Renn finds the man who is controlling all the hallucinatory video violence. But by then, Max has begun his own descent into madness, an insanity culminating in physical manifestations of the exploitative sleaze he has profited from over the years.


Production Notes:

  • Additional production company: Guardian Trust Company
  • Filmed in Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
  • Began shooting October 27, 1981; completed shooting December 23, 1981. Released in North America February 4, 1983.

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  • UPC: 715515015424
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