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A strange but entertaining film
on 3 July 2016
Videodrome is a weird but certainly captivating film. Cronenburg's directorial style is very distinctive. If you enjoy sci-fi and horror you'll enjoy this film. Its thought provoking and very original.
It follows Videodrome, a TV signal created by Brian O'Blivion to experiment with melding reality and television. But it gets hijacked by a political organisation while in its testing phase. They discover that the untested TV signal will actually kill anyone who watches it (or render them puppets to manipulate), so they turn the signal into an extremely violent TV show. They plan broadcast it with the purpose of ensnaring and killing off the 'low lives' who enjoy watching extremely violent programmes. They see these people as destroying the values of wholesome "strong" America in an increasingly dangerous world.
Max Ren (James Woods) is a network producer who thinks Videodrome is a just a normal (albeit very violent) TV Show, and he wants to get it on his failing public network. As he delves deeper though he becomes enmeshed in the political organisation's new "weapon" Videodrome.
I really enjoyed this film. Its actually quite scary (and has some great special effects for the time) and pursues the theme of what is real and what is not, and malicious political influence, really well.
The Blu Ray version by Arrow Video is really good, a very clear image and great sound. A nice collection of extras are also on the disk. Highly recommended.