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Story

Love it or loathe it, David Cronenberg's 1983 horror film Videodrome is a movie to be reckoned with. Inviting extremes of response from disdain (critic Roger Ebert called it "one of the least entertaining films ever made") to academic euphoria, it's the kind of film that is simultaneously sickening and seemingly devoid of humanity, but also blessed with provocative ideas and a compelling subtext of social commentary. Giving yet another powerful and disturbing performance, James Woods stars as the operator of a low-budget cable-TV station who accidentally intercepts a mysterious cable transmission that features the apparent torture and death of women in its programming. He traces the show to its source and discovers a mysterious plot to broadcast a subliminally influential signal into the homes of millions, masterminded by a quasi-religious character named Brian O'Blivion and his overly reverent daughter. Meanwhile Woods is falling under the spell, becoming a victim of video, and losing his grip--both physically and psychologically--on the distinction between reality and television. A potent treatise on the effects of total immersion into our mass-media culture, Videodrome is also (to the delight of Cronenberg's loyal fans) a showcase for obsessions manifested in the tangible world of the flesh. It's a hallucinogenic world in which a television set seems to breath with a life of its own, and where the body itself can become a VCR repository for disturbing imagery. Featuring bizarre makeup effects by Rick Baker and a daring performance by Deborah Harry (of Blondie fame) as Wood's sadomasochistic girlfriend, Videodrome is pure Cronenberg--unsettling, intelligent, and decidedly not for every taste. --Jeff Shannon

DVD Features

  • Color
  • Closed-captioned
  • Widescreen
  • Dolby

Cast

James WoodsMax Renn
Sonja SmitsBianca O'Blivion
Deborah HarryNicki Brand
Peter DvorskyHarlan
Leslie CarlsonBarry Convex (as Les Carlson)
Jack CreleyBrian O'Blivion
Lynne GormanMasha
Julie KhanerBridey
Reiner SchwartzMoses
David BoltRaphael
Lally CadeauRena King
Henry GomezBrolley
Harvey ChaoJapanese Salesman
David TsubouchiJapanese Salesman
Kay HawtreyMatron
Sam MalkinSidewalk Derelict
Bob ChurchNewscaster
Jayne EastwoodWoman Caller
Franciszka HedlandBellydancer

  • Genre: Sci-Fi Movies
  • Theme(s): Horror
  • Director: David Cronenberg
  • Producer: Universal
  • Length: 87 min
  • Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
  • Theatrical Release
    North AmericaFeb 4, 1983
    EuropeNov 25, 1983
    JapanJun 22, 1985
    AustraliaNov 15, 2004
  • Ratings
    North AmericaR
    Europe18
    AustraliaR
  • Blu-ray Release
    North AmericaDec 7, 2010
  • DVD Release
    North AmericaSep 2, 2003
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