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Videodrome (1983) Poster

(1983)

Alternate Versions

The director's cut (available in the US on VHS and DVD) contains the following additional footage:
  • During the "Samurai Dreams" scene, a dildo, only partly shown in the "R" rated version, is fully visible.


  • The first shot of videodrome in Harlan's workroom runs longer.


  • The next scene in Harlan's workroom shows a different, and more graphic take of videodrome broadcast.


  • The scene in which Max pierces Nicki's ear has been extended.


  • The shot of Max shooting his second partner is slightly longer.


  • Barry Convex's death goes another shot.


The original UK cinema release featured the U.S R-rated print. The initial 1987 UK video version was pre-edited by 3 minutes before submission and the longer US R-rated version was released uncut on video in 1990 (this is the currently available UK DVD version). The unrated U.S 'Director's Cut' has also been released on laserdisc in the UK, rated 18.
The TV version first released to syndicated television is a significantly different edit with extra/additional material as follows: -A very different and extended introduction with longer opening titles presented over red themed paintings. -A longer version of Max's business meeting with the Japanese salesmen, including a reminiscence about a girl in a Hong Kong hotel, a sinister foreshadowing of the disappearing Videodrome performers. -Extended Sales Meeting at Civic TV. -A very brief additional line of dialogue in Harlan's lab. -An extension of the scene with Max and Nicki watching Videodrome. -Masha comments how Max looks tired and exhausted but makes her sales pitch. -Max takes a longer walk down Skid Row, and gets offered two meal choices during an extended scene inside the Cathode Ray Mission. -An extended version of Brian's monologue in which he comments, "You've got a nice little addiction going." -Nicki calls Max and explains that she was behind his first major hallucination, and Brian makes a return appearance telling Max to take advantage of his position. -Nicki picks up Max in a limo, and notes how much she likes his current incarnation, including his "sick and wonderful" hallucinations. -Barry Convex offers a greatly expanded backstory about the optical accumulator as a military device. -Max walks down the street and see a very different version of himself in a store window. -"It's Always Painful to change the program". -An alternate, shortened version of Barry Conex's assassination, made "safe" for US TV. -Max nervously sees a news report about the shootings on TV and encounters a mentally disturbed homeless man. -An extended version of Max's solo excursion deeper into the heart of the city and his own psyche, revealing more of the boat interior. -TV Epilogue - Pivotal lines of dialogue from the main characters are reiterated over the same paintings seen over the opening titles. (All the above are available on the 2015 Arrow Video UK Blu-ray release).
Some TV prints of the film have an extended ending. While the original film ends with James Woods holding a gun to his head, the TV version continues on to show images of cast members as dialogue from the film is heard.

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