Hardcore pornography, sadomasochism, mind control, and living televisions all play crucial roles in Videodrome, one of director David Cronenberg's explorations of dangerous sexuality and technological obsession. The morally questionable hero of the tale is one Max Renn (James Woods), a television executive searching for an intense new program for his sex-oriented network. He ultimately discovers an underground program called "Videodrome," which appears to broadcast pornographic snuff films of actual murders. Horrified but perversely intrigued, Renn sets out to find the truth behind the program. During his search, he meets alluring femme fatale Nicki (Blondie lead singer Debbie Harry), technology cult leader Bianca O'Blivion, and other mysterious figures. Things become even more disturbing for Renn as his addiction grows, and the program begins to infect the outside world -- or perhaps merely destroy own his sanity. Cronenberg mingles his cerebral concerns about the nature of reality in the video age with enough visceral gore (courtesy of Rick Baker) to satisfy the film's intended horror audience.
Disc 1: New high-definition digital transfer of the unrated version, with restored image and sound and enhanced for widescreen televisions; Two audio commentaries: David Cronenberg and director of photography Mark Irwin, and actors James Woods and Deborah Harry; Camera (2000), a short film starring Videodrome's Les Carlson, written and directed by Cronenberg; English subtitles for the deaf and hearing impaired; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition; Disc 2: Forging the New Flesh, a new half-hour documentary featurette by filmmaker Michael Lennick about the creation of Videodrome's video and prosthetic makeup effects; Effects Men, a new audio interview with special makeup effects creator Baker and video effects supervisor Lennick; Bootleg Video: the complete footage of Samurai Dreams and seven minutes of transmissions from "Videodrome," presented in their original, unedited form with filmmaker commentary; Fear on Film, a 26-minute roundtable discussion from 1982 between filmmakers Cronenberg, John Carpenter, John Landis, and Mike Garris; Original theatrical trailers and promotional featurette; Stills galleries featuring hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes production photos, special effects makeup tests, and publicity photos; Plus: a 40-page booklet featuring an essay by film critic Carrie Rickey, excerpts from an unpublished book on Videodrome by film critic and publisher Tim Lucas, and a new essay by novelist and culture critic Gary Indiana
Side #1 -- The Film 1. Opening Credits/Wake-Up Call 2. Max Renn 3. Something Tough 4. The Rena King Show 5. Transmissions From Pittsburgh 6. "Got Any Porno?" 7. Subterranean Connections 8. "It Has a Philosophy" 9. Cathode Ray Mission 10. Hallucinations Begin 11. Brian O'Blivion 12. "Careful. It Bites." 13. Perceptions of Reality 14. Barry Convex 15. Rude Awakening 16. "Savage New Times" 17. Handgun 18. Assassin 19. Reprogrammed 20. "See You in Pittsburgh" 21. Death to Videodrome 22. "Long Live the New Flesh" 23. End Credits 1. City TV 2. Samurai Dreams 3. Satellite Nerd 4. Marshall McLuhan 5. Debbie Harry 6. Soft Light 7. Porno Beginnings 8. Devil's Advocate 9. Prophets 10. First Person 11. Jack Creley 12. Evolutionary 13. Technology and the Body 14. Electrocution 15. Classic Scenario 16. The Moral Right 17. Incubating 18. Time 19. Cinematography 20. Boston Preview 21. Ready for Anything 22. Fearless Leader 23. Hope 1. A Chance 2. In the Zone 3. Toronto 4. Virtual Character 5. Violence 6. Dark Moments 7. Questions 8. Hidden Agenda 9. Felliniesque 10. The Video Flesh 11. Lips 12. Auteurs 13. A Great Day 14. Nothing Normal 15. The Method 16. The Rule Structure 17. The Slit 18. Mass Murders 19. The Bible 20. Moral Availability 21. The Mainstream 22. A Trap 23. Beyond Language
Side #1 -- The Film Play the Movie Chapters Chapters: Color Bars Commentaries David Cronenberg/Mark Irwin Commentary Off On Index Index: Color Bars James Woods/Deborah Harry Commentary Off On Index Index: Color Bars Camera Play Side #2 -- The Supplements Forging the New Flesh Play Effects Men Play The Golden Age James Woods Collaboration David's Stories Bootleg Video Samurai Dreams Play Transmissions From Videodrome Play Helmet-Cam Play Fear on Film Play Marketing Trailer 1 Trailer 2 Trailer 3 The Making of Videodrome Play Marketing Gallery Publicity Stills Stills Galleries Special Effects Cast and Crew
Videodrome 4 out of 5based on
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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.