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‘Videodrome’ Blu-ray Review

Stars: James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky, Leslie Carlson, Jack Creley, Lynne Gorman, Julie Khaner, Reiner Schwarz, David Bolt, Lally Cadeau | Written and Directed by David Cronenberg

Out of all the David Cronenberg films I’ve seen, Videodrome always sticks with me as my favourite and some of his best work, if not The best. Having not seen it in a few years, Arrow Video’s new Blu-ray release was the perfect chance to catch up with the movie and see if my memories of it were purely nostalgia. Thankfully, they were not.

Max Renn (James Woods) is a sleazy cable-tv programmer looking for more extreme ways to entertain his viewers. When he discovers “Videodrome” it appears to be exactly what he was looking for. When he starts hallucinating though, he suddenly finds reality becoming warped to the point where he is not sure what is real, or what is Videodrome.
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Blu-ray Review – Videodrome (1983)

Videodrome, 1983.

Directed by David Cronenberg.

Starring James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits, Les Carlson, Peter Dvorsky and Jack Creley.

Synopsis:

A cable TV channel owner wants to broadcast ‘Videodrome’, the most extreme programme on the network, but discovers that the show is front for a sinister global conspiracy.

Videodrome was the right film at the right time for director David Cronenberg (The Brood/Rabid). Cronenberg’s previous two movies – 1979’s The Brood and 1981’s Scanners – had seen the director rise above the grimy aesthetic of his early works and the quality of his productions get smoother but still retain his core themes of body horror, mutation and disease, and with the burgeoning home video market bringing all sorts of fears about moral corruption into the media headlines, Cronenberg was at the right place in his career to make a statement in his own unique way.

Max Renn (James WoodsOnce Upon A Time in America
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Media Matters: David Cronenberg’s ‘Videodrome’

It’s not uncommon for a science fiction film to prophesy the future, in terms of technology, the social state of humanity, or even certain global scenarios. It is, however, relatively rare for a film to have as its basic premise particular subject matter that, while relevant in its year of production, grows increasingly pertinent and frighteningly accurate as years go on. This is the case with Videodrome, David Cronenberg’s extraordinary 1983 film starring James Woods as Max Renn, a sleazy television programmer who has grown sensorially flaccid by the stale material he peddles on air.

The shows that run on his Civic TV Channel 83 just aren’t cutting it. Max is not content with straight porn, not even niche markets that cater to particular fetishes. Samurai Dreams, which we see a few seconds of, is just too soft. Yes, as Max puts it, “Oriental sex is a natural,” but is it tacky enough?
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Videodrome Remake Moves Forward with Director Adam Berg

Videodrome Remake Moves Forward with Director Adam Berg
Universal Pictures is moving forward on its languishing remake of David Cronenberg's Videodrome, hiring commercial director Adam Berg for his feature directorial debut.

We first reported on this remake back in April 2009, when Universal brought on Ehren Kruger (Transformers: Dark of the Moon) to write the screenplay. The original starred James Woods as the head of Civic TV Channel 83. He injects new life into the network by airing a program dubbed Videodrome, which depicts gruesome murders and other violent acts that have a unique effect on viewers. Our initial report revealed that they plan to include nano-technology and make this a massive action sci-fi thriller.

Daniel Bobker will produce alongside Ehren Kruger, with Ren&#233 Malo serving as executive producer. Adam Berg has won numerous awards for his commercials and short films, such as the Film Grand Prix award at the Cannes Lions International Advertising Festival.

Videodrome was released February 4th,
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Blu-Ray Review: Videodrome

Many directors have cited Videodrome (1983) as an influence. However, no one who has invoked its name has managed to make a film as good or as interesting.  Only someone like David Cronenberg can come up with such a crazy idea and execute it in such a committed straight-ahead fashion.

Max Renn (James Woods) runs a pay cable station that specializes in erotica and violence. Max is tired of the same old softcore porn. He wants something tougher. His hacker technician Harlan (a very weird Peter Dvorsky) clues him into an errant satellite signal that only transmits pornographic ultra-violence. Max becomes obssessed with tracking down the source. While on his journey, he encounters numerous people, including a sultry radio host Nikki Brand (Deborah Harry) and a Marshall Mcluhan type media guru named Prof. Brian O'Blivian (Jack Creley). The more Max finds out about the transmission known as Videodrome, the more endangered his life becomes.
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DVD and Blu-Ray Releases: December 7th - Whale Watching With the Cronos Videodrome

It is a very light week for horror DVDs with a few re-releases on Blu-ray of newer classics, starting with the "New Flesh" that is Videodrome as well as Guillermo del Toro's Cronos.

Other releases this week that are worthy of any mention include a blood-soaked whale-watching trip, an entomologist who started a human collection instead, and a television mini-series about exorcism.

Videodrome (Criterion Collection) (1983)

Directed by David Cronenberg

Starring James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky, Leslie Carlson

When Max Renn goes looking for edgy new shows for his sleazy cable TV station, he stumbles across the pirate broadcast of a hyperviolent torture show called Videodrome. As he unearths the origins of the program, he embarks on a hallucinatory journey into a shadow world of right-wing conspiracies, sadomasochistic sex games, and bodily transformation. Renn's ordinary life dissolves around him, and he finds himself at the center of
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Cronenberg Plugs Back Into "Videodrome"

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The start of year-long programming @ Toronto's Tiff Bell Lightbox, will include a live appearance from Toronto-based director David Cronenberg, Thursday, September 23, 2010 at 9:15pm and Friday, September 24, 2010 at 9:30pm, introducing a special screening of his 1983, science fiction thriller "Videodrome".

"Videodrome", written/directed by Cronenberg, was loosely-inspired by Moses Znaimer's 1970's soft-core 'Baby Blue' porno programming @ Toronto's City-tv (before Znaimer declared himself a genius, programming music videos supplied free of charge by MTV).

The Toronto-lensed "Videodrome", starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and singer Deborah Harry, followed the CEO of a small cable station who stumbles upon a broadcast signal that causes brain damaging hallucinations. As 'Max' gets closer to discovering the origins of the signal, he gets sucked into a world of sadomasochistic sex, left-wing conspiracies and physical transformations.

"...'Max Renn' (Woods) is the president of Civic-tv, a sleazy Toronto Uhf television station specializing in exploitation programming. Displeased with
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