Crash [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Crash [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: David Cronenberg Cast: James Spader
James Spader
, Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
, Elias Koteas
Elias Koteas
, Deborah Kara Unger
Deborah Kara Unger
David Cronenberg
Crash [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Crash [Criterion Collection] [Blu-ray]

Director: David Cronenberg Cast: James Spader
James Spader
, Holly Hunter
Holly Hunter
, Elias Koteas
Elias Koteas
, Deborah Kara Unger
Deborah Kara Unger
David Cronenberg

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Be it a car commercial, a James Bond thriller or a teenage coming-of-age film, the auto as an erotic icon is nothing new in cinema. This controversial erotic Canadian independent film from David Cronenberg takes that symbolism even further, sending it down a twisted road of bizarre sexuality and fetishism that many viewers may find offensive, close to pornographic, or highly questionable at best. It is the kind of film that is sure to generate discussion concerning the complex relationship between technology and human sexuality. Based on J.G. Ballard's cult novel Crash (1973), it centers on people who are sexually aroused by automobile wrecks. James Ballard and his wife Catherine are into bizarre sex with other people -- as is seen in the opening scenes. One day James is involved in an ugly car crash resulting in the death of a man in the other car. The passenger Helen Remington survived, though she too is injured, and James and Helen later meet briefly in the hospital. While there, James also encounters the enigmatic Vaughn who later introduces James to a select group of car-crash fetishists who frequently gather to watch Vaughn's careful reenactments of celebrity car crashes in which the drivers wear no protection, not even seatbelts. Helen and James meet again by chance at the refuse yard where both of their wrecked cars are impounded, and the two develop yet another of the film's rather twisted relationships, together attending Vaughn's re-creation of James Dean's deadly wreck. Following the fun, the partygoers repair to the home of the head stuntman, where they meet up with the rest of Vaughn's bizarre cohorts, including the beautiful but tragically injured Gabrielle (Rosanna Arquette, a crash victim herself with whom James also becomes involved. When not messing with the other women, James tries to respark his marriage to Catherine by including her in his smashing get-togethers, the highlight of which is to be a reenactment of the decapitation of Jayne Mansfield. This is a very adult film, and in the U.S., the film received an NC-17 rating because it features prodigious sex, homosexuality and violence. Cronenberg did not dispute the rating.

Product Details

Release Date: 12/01/2020
UPC: 0715515253611
Original Release: 1996
Rating: NC-17
Source: Criterion Collection
Region Code: A
Sound: [Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround]
Language: English
Time: 1:40:00
Sales rank: 8,072

Special Features

New 4K digital restoration supervised by Cinematographer Peter Suschitzky, and 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack, both approved by Director David Cronenberg; Audio Commentary from 1997 featuring Cronenberg; Press conference from the 1996 Cannes Film Festival featuring Cronenberg; Suschitzky; author J.G. Ballard; Producers Robert Lantos and Jeremy Thomas; and actors Rosanna Arquette, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas, James Spader, and Deborah Kara Unger; Q&A from 1996 with Cronenberg and Ballard at the National Film Theatre in London; Behind-the-Scenes footage and press interviews from 1996; Trailers; English Subtitlesfor the deaf and hard of hearing; Plus: An essay by film critic Jessica Kiang

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
James Spader James Ballard
Holly Hunter Dr. Helen Remington
Elias Koteas Vaughan
Deborah Kara Unger Catherine Ballard,Actor
Rosanna Arquette Gabrielle
Peter MacNeill Colin Seagrave
Nicky Guadagni Actor
Ronn Sarosiak Actor
Judah Katz Actor
Alice Poon Actor
Cheryl Swarts Actor
Boyd Banks Actor
John Stoneham Jr. Actor
Howard Shore Composer

Technical Credits
David Cronenberg Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Chris Auty Executive Producer,Producer
Deirdre Bowen Casting
David Lee Sound Mixer,Sound/Sound Designer
Andras Hamori Executive Producer,Producer
Ted Hanlan Stunts
Robert Lantos Executive Producer,Producer
Jeremy Thomas Executive Producer,Producer
Bobby Moresco Screenwriter
Paul Haggis Screenwriter
David Evans Special Effects Supervisor
Dino Pigat Sound/Sound Designer
Marilyn Stonehouse Producer
Tom Bjelic Sound Effects,Sound Editor
J.G. Ballard Screenwriter
Warren Appleby Special Effects
Lloyd Adams Stunts
Orest Sushko Sound/Sound Designer
Tony Van Den Akker Sound/Sound Designer
Christian Cooke Sound/Sound Designer
John Laing Sound Editor
John Smith Sound/Sound Designer
Andy Malcolm Sound Editor
Dale Sheldrake Sound Editor
Lou Solakofski Sound/Sound Designer
Stephanie Reichel Producer
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