Scares abound in director David Cronenberg's Videodrome. Universal has produced an only halfhearted 1.85:1 widescreen transfer that is sadly lacking and anamorphic enhancement. While the colors and black levels are all generally solid and intact, there is an alarming amount of dirt and other minor imperfections throughout the print. Fans will surely look forward to the day when this film receives a much needed new DVD edition. The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono in English. Much like the video portion of this disc the sound mix is often underwhelming and unimpressive. Directional effects are generally absent while the dynamic range is flat and lifeless. At the very least the dialogue, effects and music are generally clear of any excessive hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English, French and Spanish subtitles. The extra features for Videodrome are floating at the bare minimum -- all that's included on this disc is a short essay on director David Cronenberg, a theatrical trailer for the film, and some cast and crew information.
Side #1 -- Widescreen Version 0. Chapter List 1. Main Titles [3:07] 2. Samurai Dreams [5:46] 3. The Rena King Show [2:10] 4. Looking for the Contemporary [7:28] 5. The Cathode Ray Mission [7:53] 6. The Battle for the Mind [:45] 7. Meeting O'Blivion [6:45] 8. Changing Reality [1:12] 9. Barry Convex [5:41] 10. Harlan Confesses [1:05] 11. Following Orders [1:29] 12. An Assassin [2:51] 13. Death to Videodrome [3:03] 14. The Visitation [7:37] 15. The Transformation [1:22] 16. End Titles [5:56]
Side #1 -- Widescreen Version Bonus Materials Production Notes Cast & Filmmakers James Woods Sonja Smits Deborah Harry Directed by David Cronenberg Theatrical Trailer Universal Weblinks Language Selection Spoken Languages Captions & Subtitles Play
Videodrome 4 out of 5based on
More than 1 year ago
As cliche as this headline is for any Cronenberg familiar, it's still a very apt title for any sort of synopsis of the film. Videodrome is Cronenberg's defining statement on a variety of subjects he's covered throughout his career, including effects of mass media, the relation of violence and sexuality, and ultimately, the actual physical evolution of the body due to these and other factors into a "new flesh". Though his mid to late 80's films (and especially his most recent films) deals with these ideas in more subtle ways, nothing quite compares to these 70's and 80's experiments in body-horror for philosophy wrapped in viscerality, of which I consider Videodrome to be the crown jewel. Very highly recommended.