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  • Actors: Paul Hampton, Joe Silver, Lynn Lowry
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Format: CD+DVD, Dolby, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Oct. 2014
  • Run Time: 85 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00KHSM936
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 4,803 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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There is a discrepancy of approx. 17 seconds between the film as it appears on this release and how it played in cinemas.

BEING TERRIFIED IS JUST THE BEGINNING...

Initially reviled in its native land (some critics took exception to the fact the film was largely funded by the Canadian taxpayer), Shivers is an intensely claustrophobic, subversive masterpiece and an essential entry in the oeuvre of one of the horror genre s most gifted auteurs. Some 40 years after its release, it still retains its power to shock.

Starliner Island is an idyllic community. Cut off from the rest of the world, the luxury apartment block affords its occupants the chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. But this isolation is to prove fatal when a new breed of parasite a combination of aphrodisiac and venereal disease which arouses sexual aggression in its hosts is let loose in the building, resulting in an orgy terror and mayhem.

Known under a host of alternate titles such as The Parasite Murdersand They Came From Within!, Shivers is the startling debut full-length feature from director David Cronenberg which anticipates the body-horror concerns of his later films such as The Fly and Videodrome.

Special Edition Contents:

  • High definition digital transfer
  • Newly created and exclusive content
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork to be revealed!
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film and more!
  • More to be revealed closer to the release date</li

Review

It scares and shocks us because it's so cleverly made --Roger Ebert

Cronenberg shows his stuff as an inventive auteur and the result is a superior horror film --Ozus World Movie Reviews

Horror movies don't come any cooler than Shivers --SFGate

Cronenberg shows his stuff as an inventive auteur and the result is a superior horror film --Ozus World Movie Reviews

Horror movies don't come any cooler than Shivers --SFGate

Customer Reviews

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Many were disappointed when they discovered that a few seconds were cut from the Arrow blu-ray - they unwittingly used a slightly cut print as their source. However, that's now been fixed. Arrow managed to find the cut footage, restore it and cut it back into the film, and have now released a second edition that's complete. The uncut edition is labelled 'second edition' in the small print around the edge of the discs themselves. If you have the cut version, contact Arrow Video directly with proof of purchase and they'll send you the uncut version at no extra charge. Impressive conduct - thanks Arrow. The film itself - one of my favourite Cronenbergs. Low budget, but big on ideas.
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Awesome movie, but the Arrow Blu-ray is cut !!! It seems that something went wrong during the production process of the HD master. Many people hope that Arrow will release a better Blu-ray with the uncut/uncensored version in the near future.

Hopefully, they will make an exchange program for people like me who bought the first Blu-ray release...
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My original comments are below, but having now acquired and watched the revised Arrow release, I thought it fair to make some comment.

The Arrow Edition of Shivers is awesome! I cannot believe how well the film has been cleaned and remastered. It does really look very good. Colours are well rendered - this is not a colourful film on the whole, but there are elements of colour in many scenes and these show with the level of vibrancy and warmth that I would expect. In fact, from memory of watching the film at the cinema (a long time ago!) I recall that the look of the film was a lot more washed out - this may or may not have been the case, but this version really is how I would have expected it should have been.

The film itself is still a great watch - well structured, with some neat doses of wit and a certain playfulness that, again, I had not recalled. There are some really good sequences throughout, but the closing scenes in the pool (the shot of Lynn Lowry turning in the pool is just one aspect of a standout scene, but definately ranking as a "classic" of cinema) and the cars departing add a nicley unnerving edge to the latter part of the film.

I enjoyed the extras too. Although I found Lynn Lowry somewhat full of herself and irritating.

Anyway, hats of to Arrow, and definately a release to check out! I just wish they had put a sticker on the cover to say it was a revised edition!

Arrow have issued an update re the Shivers release and as much has been written/said about this, I thought it worth sharing here (see below).

As far as Shivers is concerned, it is one of my favourite Cronenberg films (along with Rabid and Videodrome).
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Format: Blu-ray
Passed uncut by the BBFC for many years here in the UK, yet the recent Arrow Blu-ray is cut for gore and violence by around 17 seconds during pivotal moments. Subsequently the film is ruined, with the nature of some scenes dramatically altered. A complete waste of time.
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Shivers was the first feature that the world would get to see after Cronenberg's initial Canadian works (Stereo, Crimes of the Future & Secret Weapons); it was retitled and marketed towards the cult horror market- which has given Cronenberg such a strange reputation (Scorsese worked in the exploitation market also!). So, Shivers is sometimes known as They Came from Within or The Parasite Murders- which are silly titles and don't suit a film about parasitical vampires working their way though the occupants of a housing block...
The parasite is created by Dr Emil Hobbes, who we see killing a schoolgirl in a graphic manner (minus explanation) at the start- the parasite is a sexual transmitted bug that moves from orifice to orifice. It passes between kissing people or into them in the bath (particularly vile, in a lovely way this). I s'pose lots of essays on it mention AIDS, though this was made in 1975!
The parasite feels like something out of Burroughs, while the housing block recalls JG Ballard's High Rise- or that found in Cronenberg's adaptation of Crash (the imagery in Crash is not unlike that found here or in Scanners- that anonymous Canadian city thing Douglas Coupland mentions in Girlfriend in a Coma). The future in present tense; though as film-maker Alex Cox noted when this was shown on BBC2 in 1997 (the last time they transmitted a season of works by a particular director?)- this imagery is shared with George Romero's classic Dawn of the Dead. That collective consciousness thing.
You can also detect Repulsion as well as Romero's earlier Night of the Living Dead in images towards the end. There is also some black comedy, involving umbrellas and top Goblins-style music from Ivan Reitman (better known as director of GhostBusters now).
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Format: Blu-ray
The arrow release is CUT. Avoid. Waste of money
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Format: Blu-ray
cut release. arrow didnt check what they are releasing and got a cut release by TIFF that made the restoration.
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Format: Blu-ray
Besides having key segments cut from the film, they used a film print for the transfer! The reel change markers are still VERY visible and annoying!! They are the black splotches (we film fans call them cigarette burns) in the upper right of the screen before a splice (reel change). In this digital age, this is unacceptable for a HD blu ray presentation. There should be no cuts (in film) or splices appearing on a finished product. Don't get me started on the edits that were made on this film. Outrageous!! Arrow hasn't screwed up this much since the THE BEYOND fiasco.
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