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Overview

The film that provided former Ivory-soap-girl-turned-porno-star Marilyn Chambers her first legitimate screen role, director David Cronenberg's chilling sophomore feature finds its way to DVD with some tempting extra features that will have body horror fans foaming at the mouth. Presented in 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen, the image offers a fair transfer of the film that has been mastered from a print free of debris or damage. Colors are well-balanced, skin tones are even, and blacks are solid. With little to ...
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Overview

The film that provided former Ivory-soap-girl-turned-porno-star Marilyn Chambers her first legitimate screen role, director David Cronenberg's chilling sophomore feature finds its way to DVD with some tempting extra features that will have body horror fans foaming at the mouth. Presented in 1.85:1 non-anamorphic widescreen, the image offers a fair transfer of the film that has been mastered from a print free of debris or damage. Colors are well-balanced, skin tones are even, and blacks are solid. With little to no evidence of artifacting or edge-enhancement, this presentation is likely as good as a film of such age and low-budget origins could look. Audio is presented in English or French Dolby Digital Stereo, and both tracks are clean and bold through the majority of the running time, save for the end credits, on which the music track suffers from notable distortion. A commentary track by the soft-spoken director is a bit flat given his slightly monotone delivery, though Cronenberg makes up for his somewhat unexciting delivery with an abundance of insightful information and anecdotes regarding the production. Given that this was only Cronenberg's second major effort as a director, he openly admits to having frequent doubts as to both the concept and execution of the film over the course of production. Cronenberg introduces the film as something of a companion piece to his freshman effort ,Shivers, later delving into the appeal of horror as a means of helping people release pent-up fear and anxiety without the fear of repercussion. An additional 20-minute interview expands on some of the themes he touches on during the commentary (in particular his initial doubts about the film) while also tackling such issues as the critical lashing given to the film by Saturday Night Magazine critic Robert Fulford on its initial release and such intriguing subjects as the impact of budget on quality and his opinions on politics in relation to filmmaking. Biographies on Cronenberg and Chambers are insightful and informative, and a gallery of still frames from the film offer some great images. Extensive liner notes delve deep into the production despite occasionally repeating topics covered in the interview and commentary, and a slightly grainy theatrical trailer rounds this disc out nicely -- making it a notable addition to the collection of any diehard Cronenberg fan.
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Special Features

English and French language versions; Original theatrical trailers; Director's film commentary; Interview with David Cronenberg; Photo gallery, production notes, biographies; Interactive menus; Scene index
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/1/2004
  • UPC: 880934123590
  • Original Release: 1977
  • Rating:

  • Source: Somerville House
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Letterbox
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English, Français
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 28,044

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Marilyn Chambers Rose
Frank Moore Hart Read
Joe Silver Murray Cypher
Howard Ryshpan Dr. Dan Keloid
Patricia Gage Dr. Roxanne Keloid
Susan Roman Mindy Kent
Roger Periard Lloyd Walsh
Tony Angelo Dispatcher
John Boylan Young Cop in Plaza
Richard W. Farrell Camper Man
Miguel Fernandes Man in Cinema
John Gilbert Dr. Royce Gentry
Bob Girolami Newscaster
Harry Hill Stasiuk
Una Kay Jackie
Denis Lacroix Drunken Indian
Peter MacNeill Leader
Kirk McColl Desk Sergeant
Gary McKeehan Smooth Eddy
Jack Messinger Policeman on Highway
Allan Moyle Young Man in Lobby
Louis Negin Maxim
Robert O'Ree Police Sergeant
Murray Smith Interviewer
Riva Spier
Jerome Tiberghien Dr. Carl
Vlasta Vrana Cop at Clinic
Mark Walker Steve
Victor Desy Claude LaPointe
Technical Credits
David Cronenberg Director, Screenwriter
Joe Blasco Makeup Special Effects
Don Carmody Co-producer
John Dunning Producer
Erla Gliserman Costumes/Costume Designer
Daniel Goldberg Associate Producer
Albert Griswold Special Effects
Byrd Holland Makeup
Jean Lafleur Editor
Andre Link Executive Producer
Claude Marchand Art Director
Mireille Recton Makeup
Ivan Reitman Executive Producer
René Verzier Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Going for a Ride [8:35]
2. Morphogenetically Neutral [5:08]
3. Rose Begins to Change [7:15]
4. Scared and Alone [6:06]
5. A Late Night Swim [6:58]
6. An Uncontrollable Hunger [4:28]
7. The Doctor Needs Something to Cut With [10:23]
8. Smooth Eddie [3:51]
9. No Place Is Safe [7:29]
10. Panic on the Subway [6:53]
11. Merry Christmas [21:08]
12. Corpse Removal [2:32]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Director's Commentary
      Cronenberg's Interview
      Trailer
      Biographies
         David Cronenberg
         Marilyn Chambers
      Photo Gallery
   Scene Index
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    NOT GREAT, BUT ENTERTAINING

    I rented this movie, and was expecting a really scary movie just by the cover. After watching it I was a little disappointed, but it was decent. Not one of the top horror movies out there, but worth watching.

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