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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long live the new flesh!
Phenomenal entry from Cronenberg, which is as shocking and subversive today as when first released. The story's basic premise is that the world is slowly being controlled by television and video, with a specialist group sending out a dangerous broadcast which causes a tumour in its viewers. The tumour triggers vicious hallucinogenic effects and leads to the group being...
Published on 21 Aug 2002 by Mr. Stuart Chandler

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1.0 out of 5 stars The blu-ray is cut
Universal are releasing the censored R-rated version onto blu-ray in the UK. It's missing 80 seconds of gore.

The picture is the same transfer as used on Universal's Italian blu-ray and suffers from excessive edge enhancement. The only extra is a trailer.

Get the Criterion blu-ray, it's uncut and loaded with extras.

UPDATE: Although the...
Published on 18 Dec 2011 by Blood Freak


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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Long live the new flesh!, 21 Aug 2002
This review is from: Videodrome [VHS] [1983] (VHS Tape)
Phenomenal entry from Cronenberg, which is as shocking and subversive today as when first released. The story's basic premise is that the world is slowly being controlled by television and video, with a specialist group sending out a dangerous broadcast which causes a tumour in its viewers. The tumour triggers vicious hallucinogenic effects and leads to the group being able to control these unfortunates to do their deadly deeds.
The commentary on the potential effects of video/violence and pornography is fascinating and in typical Cronenberg style, it all ends badly with much gore and violence. Extremely thought provoking and perhaps even more relevant today, in light of the power of the media and TV to influence our perception of different events.
Watch and be propelled into a dangerous underground world of S&M, violence and a quest for the truth that ends in tragedy.
Superb and obviously worth the modest price. Just be careful - 'it bites'!!
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86 of 90 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars The blu-ray is cut, 18 Dec 2011
Universal are releasing the censored R-rated version onto blu-ray in the UK. It's missing 80 seconds of gore.

The picture is the same transfer as used on Universal's Italian blu-ray and suffers from excessive edge enhancement. The only extra is a trailer.

Get the Criterion blu-ray, it's uncut and loaded with extras.

UPDATE: Although the Criterion disc is region A locked, there is a region B release out in Germany with the same extras and transfer. So avoid the UK release.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VIDEOSHOCK, 26 April 2010
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Kelvin J. Dickinson (Leeds, England) - See all my reviews
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This review is from: Videodrome [DVD] [1983] (DVD)
AMAZON REVIEW NUMBER 100. (But is this a good thing?)

Ah, VIDEODROME: one of a very small number of films to have given me nightmares.

THE STORY
MAX RENN, a sleazy cable-TV programmer begins to see his life and the future of media spin out of control after stumbling upon the broadcast signal of a seemingly plotless tv show called VIDEODROME which features extreme violence and torture. To his horror, he discovers that the signal causes damage to the viewer's brain through terrifying hallucinations, and that he himself is now a 'carrier' of it's malicious content.

Made in 1983 and Thank God I didn't see this on my own.

DAVID CRONENBERG is a director who knows how to work his way under the skin - then, when you're expecting the worst, he'll go one better and rip it inside out with intense bursts of visceral imagery, often utterly repulsive...yet strangely fascinating. Directorial mind games of the highest order and very, very effective. SHIVERS, THE BROOD and SCANNERS all dealt with similar themes - in essence, a fear of the flesh, of uncontrollable bodily transformation - but this is the first film of his to seriously tap into that deeply subconscious anxiety we all have of internal corruption, of something dark and malevolent eating away at our, for want of a better word, soul.

VIDEODROME: the public face of a crypto-government conspiracy to morally and ideologically "purge" North America by giving fatal brain tumours to "lowlifes" fixated on extreme forms of sex and violence...

JAMES WOODS is skin-crawlingly excellent as Max Renn, an opportunistic CEO always on the lookout for material that will push the envelope - or "break through", as he calls it - in order to reverse the fortunes (and ratings) of his tired cable tv station. But VIDEODROME is a freakshow like no other, and truly interactive in the most gut-churning way, literally sucking him into a world where the only path available is the one leading to self-destruction.

So this is as close as it gets to a morality tale of one man's descent into hell, but it's also an outrageously twisted glimpse at what might happen when broadcast media becomes completely unregulated - pretty far-sighted in 1983. Twenty-seven years further down the line, you'll still need a Kevlar-coated stomach to fully appreciate the film's 'message', but it's worth it.

SCENE GUARANTEED TO INDUCE NAUSEA
HARLAN removing his arm from the gaping orifice (it is not a wound) in Renn's torso to find an old German stick grenade (ticking) attached to the bloody stump.

An unforgettable experience from a director on the verge of mainstream greatness.

VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Blu-ray Review, 16 Jan 2012
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Videodrome is Cronenberg at his best and if you are reading this review you probably know that.
That's why I'll concentrate on the disc itself.

As another reviewer mentioned, it is the cut version of the film. While it is unfortunate, I wouldn't say anything vital was cut.
Most of the time, it's a couple of seconds of gore missing (sometimes even less). Don't get me wrong, I hate tinkering with the director's original vision but all in all,
I wouldn't say the film's impact has been diminished.

As for the A/V quality, it's a mixed bag. While it's nowhere near reference quality,
it's not as bad as some other catalogue titles from Universal.
Edge Enhancement is clearly visible but not to the point where it's too distracting.
Similarly, some DNR and sharpening have obviously been used, but the image still looks quite natural.

As many of you know, the film has also been released by Criterion but unless you have a multi-region player
and are willing to import the disc, this is the only way to watch Videodrome in High Definition.
It's also worth noting that the Criterion release seems to have been quite substantially cropped,
so it's also less than perfect.

Unfortunately, there are no extras on the disc to speak of.

Available audio tracks: English, French, Italian, Latin American Spanish, Russian (VO)
Available subtitles: English, French, Italian, Spanish, Japanese, Brazilian Portuguese, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Korean, Latin American Spanish, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Traditional Mandarin
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Just about acceptable, 25 Mar 2012
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Soze (Plymouth, UK) - See all my reviews
Videodrome is one of my favourite movies of all time and one I was looking forward to seeing on blu-ray. The film itself is obviously 5 star (and then some), a deliciously barmy tale of body horror and arguably Cronenberg's first classic.

But the disc itself is lacking. This is the cut version and comes with no extras whatsoever. The cuts are minimal and shouldn't detract from the enjoyment of the film but it's still inexcusable. Sadly I don't think there's much chance of a better version in the near future so unless you have a multi region player this is still worth the lowly asking price.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars unfathomable and electric, 15 Aug 2011
This review is from: Videodrome [DVD] [1983] (DVD)
I have seen this film over twenty times and I still don't get it. I am either incredibly thick (which is, of course, possible) or the film has so much in it to keep interpretations various and readings ambiguous. I love it. Long Live The New Flesh!
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25 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Surreal adventure in horror, 21 Dec 2004
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Budge Burgess (Troon, Scotland) - See all my reviews
This review is from: Videodrome [VHS] [1983] (VHS Tape)
Cronenberg has achieved a huge cult following with his take on horror and science fiction. It's sophisticated, often controversial, and always incisive. He dissects contemporary society by looking into the day after tomorrow and giving a caustic spin to the commonplace - the motor car, the condominium, the television.
In 'Videodrome', James Woods plays a Canadian television entrepreneur, a man who provides material - usually suspect, often porn - for cable TV. In the course of his seedy research he finds a pirate broadcast of a strange, compelling programme. The torture and masochism he glimpses as the programme hisses and breaks up is ... well, it looks real. Or is it just incredibly well made, with the interference and fluctuating picture quality just an example of good engineering and clever directing, simulating clandestine status to give the show a bit of edge?
Woods teams up with a radio broadcaster (Debbie Harry) to investigate. They tune in, turn on, and drop into an underworld of research and exploration which exposes human vulnerability to the influence of television. Maybe it doesn't just have a numbing effect on the brain ... maybe it can take over your body ... maybe the broadcast can become flesh as TV and reality merge? This is television as an acid trip.
An engrossing movie, playing off its own ironic take on the ability of film and television to confuse, mislead, misinform, or corrupt. Cronenberg speculates on the impact of television by taking you into the surreal, asking you to suspend your disbelief ... then question your belief.
Woods' character is sated by all the garbage he's seen. Nothing surprises him any more. He needs something weird, something even more shocking than porn. Do people really need to be shocked? Given the mind-numbing diet of reality TV to which we've been subjected in recent years, maybe Cronenberg is wrong. Television doesn't have to push us to the extreme ... it can destroy our minds with monotony instead.
But 'Videodrome' takes us beyond the unreal. Consider how much of your understanding and experience of the world is based on television news. The truth, and its corruption, is out there, and can come at you through your television screen. The moment we accept reality as what the television portrays, that's the moment it takes over our bodies as well as our minds.
A disturbing, thought-provoking, hugely entertaining film. Like many of Cronenberg's movies, though, you'll either love it or hate it. He's a man who doesn't seem to allow much room for a middle way. If you enjoy the unusual, if you appreciate the surreal, if you like to be challenged and explore irony, this may be a movie you'll love.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars "Videodrome" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues For UK Buyers With The ‘US’ Criterion Release...And Other Versions Are ‘Cut’…, 1 Mar 2014
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Mark Barry "Mark Barry" - See all my reviews
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As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of David Cronenberg’s TV-swallowing horror shocker “Videodrome”. And the BLU RAY has long been available in the States on Criterion and several other territories. The US Criterion release in particular has received much praise being the ‘full’ version of the film with a half decent print and loads of cool extras (typically stunning job done by them). But that’s where the good news ends for British and European film fans…

Unfortunately the sought-after American Criterion release is REGION-A LOCKED - although it doesn't say so on Amazon. So it WILL NOT PLAY on most UK BLU RAY players unless they're chipped to play 'all' regions (which the vast majority aren't). Don’t confuse BLU RAY players that have multi-region capability on the 'DVD' front – that won’t help.

The UK and Europe issues are REGION B - so that will play the movie on UK machines – but feature the slightly truncated version of the film (a couple of minutes of nastiness chopped out) and there are reports of ‘print’ problems.

As ever when it comes to something controversial – fans are given the short straw. So check your player’s region coding acceptability if you want the pricier Criterion release (must have REGION A playback capability)…or opt for the UK and foreign territories BLU RAYS that weigh in at a far healthier price but offer what some feel is less…
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Like an Unedited Philip K Dick Book, 7 Nov 2013
This review is from: Videodrome [DVD] [1983] (DVD)
Videodrome despite being a box office flop surely must be one of David Cronenberg's best films. Filmed at a time where heavy censorship ruled the movie and TV industry, Videodrome was not afraid to explore this. Starring one of my favourite actors in James Woods, the film tells the story of a CEO at a sleazy television company who is looking for the ultimate programming to draw in viewers. Woods ends up getting more than he bargained for when he stumbles onto Videodrome.

The film is highly entertaining, driven along so well by the effortless acting of Woods. Deborah Harry is superb in the role of Nikki, an off balanced individual happy to enjoy the ultimate thrills in life.

Cronenberg is one of the most important directors of our time and even though his early work has a clear balance towards horror/sci fi he is much like John Carpenter in the fact that the two of them have made consistantly great films in all genres.

For sure Videodrome is a film of the 80s- you'll see this in the out of date machinery and the usage of betamax videotapes. But 30 years on the film remains very relevant.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars A region Code Warning world be nice, 9 May 2011
Since Criterion-DVDs used to be Region Code free It woult be a great Idea to mark this Blu Ray as Code A Blu-Ray
Great Movie but since RC-free devices are rare for Blu-Rays I can't watch it
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