LONG LIVE THE NEW FLESH!
Combining the bio-horror elements of his earlier films whilst anticipating the technological themes of his later work, Videodrome exemplifies Cronenberg’s extraordinary talent for making both visceral and cerebral cinema.
Max Renn (James Woods) is looking for fresh new content for his TV channel when he happens across some illegal S&M-style broadcasts called ‘Videodrome’. Embroiling his girlfriend Nicki (Debbie Harry) in his search for the source, his journey begins to blur the lines between reality and fantasy as he works his way through sadomasochistic games, shady organisations and body transformations stunningly realised by the Oscar-winning makeup effects artist Rick Baker.
Hailed by his contemporaries John Carpenter (“he’s better than all of us combined”) and Martin Scorsese (“no one makes films like he does”) as a genius, Videodrome, was Cronenberg’s most mature work to date and still stands as one of his greatest.
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I enjoy David Cronenbergs movies and his personal type of "body horror". This particular movie is probably his best. The movie balances on the fine line of being art and exploitation at the sametime. It's the kind of a movie that makes the viewers think whether they know it, or not. I saw the movie at a very young age and didn't really get the whole idea of Videodrome. On subsequent viewings i understood the different layers, and ideas behind the movie. The idea(s) really aren't that hard to grasp and one can watch it as an mindless entertainment also, but to get the full effect one should really watch this more than once. Most people probably already know what they're getting into when watching Videodrome, but for those who've not seen it before i'd say: approach it with open mind and let the sounds and moods of the movie to draw you in. The casting is also spot on from Deborah Harry (of Blondie) to James Woods as the main protagonist. This Arrow Films Blu-ray has a really cinematic feel to it, and this makes it even easier to appreciate the movie as an 80's classic cult movie. Last but not least a buyers notice: This is the full unrated version of the movie. Most of the other Blu-ray releases are R-rated theatrical versions, and should be avoided.
Grt transfer.... Loaded with extras.( some of thr extras are new and exclusive to this release) Highly recommended "Long live the new flesh"
The product arrived briefly in Italy and it was perfect, without defects. It's a really good edition. Very satisfied.
David Cronenberg's tale of insane depravity is incredibly entertaining! If you're looking for a gross, surreal, and fascinating journey into the perverted human psyche, this's the movie for you!
I was pleased with the transfer (I also own the Criterion Blu) and found the audio to be cleaner than the Criterion. Also, this release contains some extras I've not seen elsewhere.