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Rabid [DVD] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Marilyn Chambers , Frank Moore , David Cronenberg    DVD
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  • Actors: Marilyn Chambers, Frank Moore, Joe Silver, Howard Ryshpan, Patricia Gage
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Writers: David Cronenberg
  • Producers: André Link, Danny Goldberg, Don Carmody, Ivan Reitman, John Dunning
  • Format: Colour, DVD-Video, Full Screen, Special Edition, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Somerville House
  • DVD Release Date: 1 Jun 2004
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XAKUQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,297 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



One of David Cronenberg's most successful early films, Rabid features porn star Marilyn Chambers as a woman who becomes infected with a virus after an operation. As result she grows a kind of phallus with which she penetrates her victims as she sucks their blood and thus the disease spreads rapidly. The film displays all Cronenberg's usual horrified fascination with the human body and its sexual function. Looking back, it can be read as a kind of parable about AIDS, but it works perfectly well as an effective low-budget shocker.

On the DVD: the widescreen image on the DVD is acceptable quality, as is the sound. The fairly routine extras consist of excerpts from a TV interview with Cronenberg, lasting about 10 minutes; a collection of stills from the film; some written notes by horror expert Kim Newman that give useful background, though in part reproduce what is said in the interview; full filmographies for Cronenberg and the three principal performers, including a long list of Chambers' porn credits. --Ed Buscombe

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars bleak and oddly poignant. 1 April 2012
Cronenberg's early work has not been served well on DVD. Although in widescreen and featuring an interview and introduction, the picture quality of Rabid is on the grainy side. The film itself is great.
Rabid is a sort science fiction/horror reworking of the psychosexual themes associated with vampirism crossed with the story of Typhoid Mary. After a motorcycle accident a young woman (Marilyn Chambers) is given a skin graft which leaves her with a retractable organ in her armpit and an insatiable desire to infect others. It's very Cronenberg and very effective. Whilst not as icky as Shivers, Rabid is very bleak.
Adult movie star, Chambers gives a surprisingly effective and vulnerable performance as the confused and desperate girl. The ending is sad and oddly poignant.
Rabid is one of my favourite Cronenberg movies, along with The Brood, Scanners and The Dead Zone.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars rabid 11 Feb 2013
the david cronenberg classic Rabid, is essentially an outbreak movie, pretty much a zombie movie at its base with a lady infecting people and turning them into rabid flesh hungry brain dead zombies!
starring the porn legend marilyn chambers in one of her attempts to break out of the smut and into the mainstream, im not sure if picking what at the time was a fiercely independent film maker as her first few stepping stones was a wise idea, but what she does do well is act!
her performance is everything it needs to be and more, she does make you feel a great sympathy for her character who is essentially the villain of the piece, as she is patient zero and responsible for the outbreak, but since it isnt her fault(step forward shifty surgeon!) we feel for her.
if the performance had been duff, most likely we wouldnt have cared less, as it is chambers brings a vulnerability to the character that is sadly lacking in a lot of other films of this ilk.
as in most of these films there is a slight attempt at social commentary but as with all the other films of this ilk the commentary is heavy handed and doesnt really add anything to the movie.
sit back, enjoy the gore and the great performance of marilyn chambers and this will be a fun ride.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Interesting film, horrible DVD 21 Aug 2008
Even after more than 30 years, rabid works as an effective horror film, and it clearly shows Cronenberg's talent for horror without horror cliches. The low budget shows in many scenes, but it is saved by the acting, even in the small supporting roles. Marilyn Chambers is especially good in the lead.

I would have rated this film 4 or even 5 stars, but I can not give more than 3 stars, due to the transfer. It is not bad. It is very, very bad. The picture looks like a grainy VHS transfer from another century, and for the most time, parts of the image are missing: you only see half a face of an actor who is talking, or heads or feet are cut off at the top and bottom. Do not get me wrong, this is a 1:1.78 anamorphic transfer, so the only explanation I have for the cropped images is this: they had a pan-and-scan transfer in 1:1.33, but wanted to release the film in an anamorphic version. Instead of creating a new transfer, they simply cut off the top and bottom of the image until it fitted the 1:1.78 frame. So it looks like a film, that has been pan-and-scanned in both directions. I have never seen anything like it, and I hope I never will again.

But even with these limitations, Rabid is still gripping, fascinating, horrifying.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Who knew? 6 May 2013
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Rabid surprised me. Marilyn can actually act - who knew? Now maybe I'm being over critical - I only knew her by her porn reputation by name. This was the first time I saw her on screen. and I was actually impressed!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
THE FILM--One minute they're perfectly normal, the next: rabid!
Marilyn Chambers stars as Rose, a motorcycle accident victim. Through daring, experimental surgical techniques, Rose's life is saved. But something has gone wrong. Rose develops a ravenous appetite: for blood. One by one, her victims are driven into a frenzied rage, attacking and contaminating others. Soon, the city is on the verge of panic. The next victim could be a stranger or someone you know. Pray it doesn't happen to you!
WHAT CAN I SAY?this is horror at its best.writer and director David Cronenbergs classic is a must see.its amazing even with today's cgi effects are taking over everything this is a treat in the special make effects department and your find that all the best horrors were from the 70s because all the special make up effects were done by make up this film you have brilliant scary moments.the finger cutting scene is brilliant and the rabies effects are very good.The story is intelligent, very well thought out and full of political and social context The horror scenes are creepy and so very effective. Chambers is beautiful and has a killer body, for sure, but she also delivers a surprisingly very good performance. You can tell she was savoring this non-hardcore role sadly she Died: April 12, 2009 (age 56) The coroner's autopsy revealed that Chambers died of a cerebral hemorrhage and an aneurysm related to heart disease. Chambers was ten days away from her 57th birthday.
Cronenberg stated that he wanted to cast Sissy Spacek in the film lead, but the studio vetoed his choice because of her accent. Spacek's film Carrie was released during this film's production and proved to be a massive hit (and a movie poster for the film appears when the main character walks by a movie theater).
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4.0 out of 5 stars Salivating Rabid Outbreak!
Firstly the Dvd picture quality isn,t the best, but it's o.k. for an old 70's low budget horror. The film is at least in widescreen and there are some extras. Read more
Published on 28 May 2011 by j.r
3.0 out of 5 stars Early Cronenberg - cheap but effective
This is Cronenberg's 2nd proper movie. Baring that in mind, together with the limitations of the budget for a film of this nature made in Canada in the 1970's its actually a lot... Read more
Published on 22 April 2008 by S J Buck
2.0 out of 5 stars Shivers, again
"Rabid" is the story of a woman who, inhabited by an alien entity, feeds vampire-like from her victims using a proboscis located under her armpit. Read more
Published on 11 Jan 2006 by Green Man Music
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Bravo!!!
My hats off to who ever had the guts to keep
this film in print.Let me first say as this and
shivers are my fav works from david they both show
his work and talent... Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2003 by "highwaymen13"
5.0 out of 5 stars Bravo Bravo!!!!
Thank god for region 2!!! They had it here in the states
for oh two weeks and since it didnt sell a milion copys
they threw it out of print. Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2003 by "highwaymen13"
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