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

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  • Format: 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.)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001XAKUQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,353 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Nelson Viper on 1 April 2012
Format: DVD
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Graham on 17 Feb. 2015
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After a motorcycle crash, Rose, played by Marilyn Chambers, riding pillion, is taken to a nearby clinic, which is doing research in plastic surgery. After an operation for a skin graft, she develops a thirst for blood. Blood being her only food. One by one, she feeds off her victims who in turn develops rabies, and goes on to infect others, resulting in a widespread epidemic.

There have been some negative reviews about other versions of this film. This is a brand new transfer, and is presented on blu ray for the first time. The colour grading has been redone, and the review on criticizes the colours in some scenes. I did not find any major problems with any of the colours in any scenes. There is some grain evident in the transfer particularly at the beginning, but I suspect that this is how it looked when originally released to cinemas, so no problem. Arrow have provided a reversible sleeve, which has the artwork for the original poster. (Which is better than the new commissioned artwork). This version also comes with a dvd copy.

Picture Quality is good, with natural flesh tones, from a clean print. The original aspect ratio of this film is 1.85:1. This blu ray transfer is in 1.78:1, which is the equivalent to a 16x9 tv screen, and an almost identical ratio to 1.85:1 so there is almost no picture loss, if any. The sound is in the original mono.
This is the best this film is ever going to look, so if you are a fan of David Cronenburg, or just want this film, buy this version.

FOOTNOTE: This review is for Arrow's blu ray release, not prism's dvd release, as Amazon has put it under.
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A woman severely injured in a motorbike accident is given a new procedure to save her life, whilst doing so it makes her become blood hungry and anyone she attacks also becomes a blood hungry killer.

Slick David Cronenberg 1977 horror thriller. The film begins quite slow with the accident and subsequent hospital sequences, which does take up a large part of the opening of the film, after this though when Rose goes on what can only be described as s "hunger" spree the film's pace picks up with the tension and suspense mounting up. The scenes of the gathering (not sure what to call them) mutants are excellently filmed and actually very tense and exciting, the last third of the picture contains arguably some of Cronenberg's best work, he does a sterling job in the chair building to crescendo that doesn't disappoint. Adult Film star Marilyn Chambers is excellent in the lead role, conveying exactly what she needed to, how she didn't do more "mainstream" work is a real shame, all of the cast do a fine job, Howard Ryshpan as the doctor has a couple of very good scare scenes. The effects are good and for such a low budget much better than you might think and the soundtrack is OK but the same piece of music plays over & over throughout the film and is a little annoying but never detracts from the film.

One of two David Cronenberg films on the Section 3 nasty list (the other being Scanners) and it is far better than that grimy tag might lead you to believe. Whilst probably not a film for all tastes, it's nowhere near as gory as the earlier Shivers but it certainly has its moments, a key 70's horror classic.
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13 of 16 people found the following review helpful By Martin Genschow on 21 Aug. 2008
Format: DVD
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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