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The Brood [DVD] [1980]

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  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Language: French, English
  • Subtitles: French
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000056CU8
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 434,942 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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3.9 out of 5 stars

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Monty Britton on 15 July 2013
Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
After all these years home video has not been kind to this horror classic from David Cronenberg. Here in the states this film has not translated well onto the home video market (whether its Laserdisc, videotape or DVD) but now Second Sight has given this classic a new life. Even when I saw this at the theater when it was released, it did not look this good. Second Sight did such a good job with Cronenberg's Scanners, I knew they would treat The Brood right. This was always my favorite early Cronenberg movie and its like seeing it with a new pair of eyes. The color is looking nice and bold (finally!) and the detail of the picture is amazing. This is a region B release and it is well worth having a region free blu ray player. The soundtrack is only 2 channel and the special features are okay (nothing to write home about). Just wished someone would get hold of the early short film Stereo from Cronenberg (which he touches on in an interview on this disc). Unfortunately there is no commentary from this great director. They Came From Within (AKA Shivers), Rabid, Scanners and The Brood all rank up there as great Cronenberg work. I really enjoy the multi layers he gives us in his films. Always good to go back to his early works and watch him flourish into the fine filmmaker he is today. And The Brood is a real treat for us fans.
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Puzzle box on 24 July 2009
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David Cronenberg's the brood is a film about the concept of violence within a family and how it later affects the child's life, it also tells us how frustrating it is when separated parents have to fight for the custody of their own child as Cronenberg himself was going through a divorce. Frank Carveth (Art Hindle)starts to question the treatment his wife Nola played by Samantha Eggar is receiving at the clinic of Dr. hal Raglan (Oliver Reed). Horrible things begin to happen as his daughter returns from a visit to her mother only to have some scars and bruises on her back. While Nola is in intensive care and is locked up at the clinic it seems that all her frustrations and rage manifest into these deformed creatures that act as a revenge from Nola towards her own mother and anyone that stands in her way. The film wasn't as gory as Cronenberg's other films but it definitely had a creepy and unsettling feeling that I had from watching it, it also had an intelligent storyline and it seemed more like a personal horror film then the sort of weird mixture of science fiction and horror that Cronenberg usually does so I definitely think that you should check it out as I thought it was great but not one of my favorites, my favorite of his would be Scanners. Note:- this region 2 anchor bay edition has both the U.S. uncut film and the U.K. cut version (this was useless) and the documentary The Directors: The Films of David Cronenberg Featurette, if you had to choose which version to get then I suggest you get this one over the inferior MGM edition.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bored@Work on 30 July 2008
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The Brood was David Cronenberg's third feature release and the film that got him noticed outside Canada and the horror genre. With heavy weight actors Oliver Reed and Samantha Egger, Cronenberg's excellent script - Oliver Reed said it was the best written part he had had since The Devils - and a story more psychological than outright horror, though there are a few gory scenes, Mr Cronenberg was onto a winner. This is a film that stays with you long after the final credits have rolled. There are many influences playing through the film, the brood children are reminiscent of the 'dwarf' from Don't Look Now, Howard Shore's excellent strings only score a nod to Bernard Herrman's score for Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho.
The picture quality is okay for a film of this vintage, however, this film could have done with a digital wash and brush-up, as some of the interior scenes are a little washed out, lacking contrast and definition. A 5.1 soundtrack would have been welcome too, but the audio is okay if not brilliant. There is a nice little docu about the films of David Cronenberg - up to eXistenZ and a bunch of trailers, one for The Brood, Scanners and surprisingly (as he had nothing to do with them) Scanners II and Scanners III. Also some bios of the cast.
On this two disc version (very good value for money) there is the UNCUT UK release version and if your interested on the second disc the American version - which Cronenberg hated because of some cuts made by the censors which gave a different twist to the end!
Get this DVD now! it should be in your collection, quick before some idiot does a remake with CGI brood and no plot or subtext!
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Paul Bowes TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 29 Sept. 2010
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'The Brood' was the first film David Cronenberg made with a decent budget, cast and score. The result was his first film to gain an audience beyond horror fans.

It's essentially a divorce psychodrama (the director described it at the time with typical deadpan humour as 'my version of Kramer vs. Kramer') that proceeds from a simple premise: what if it were possible for violent emotions to be given embodiment? Samantha Eggar and Art Hindle play a couple whose marriage is breaking up. He is looking after their young daughter; she is in therapy with a psychiatrist (Oliver Reed) whose controversial experimental method - 'psychoplasmatics' - may or may not be helping her to come to terms with her relationship with her parents and husband.

Cronenberg has admitted that the film is personal and autobiographical. He also described it as 'humourless' - but by this he simply appears to have meant that there are few moments of relief from the intensity of the feelings on display. 'The Brood' is certainly intense, but also a rather chilly and repressed film that bursts out in brief episodes of violence before the climactic confrontation. The characteristic feel of a Cronenberg film is fully present.

Some viewers may find the 60s/70s pop psychology that underlies 'The Brood' hard to take. It's also hard to avoid the conclusion that there's a strain of unexamined misogyny that runs through the whole film. Nonetheless, good performances from Reed and Eggar - who approach their roles with proper professional seriousness - and a strong supporting cast carry 'The Brood' along with conviction.
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