David Cronenberg’s classic “Videodrome” is getting a packed Special Edition from Arrow in August

The classic (and one of my personal favourites) Videodrome is heading to special edition Blu-ray from Arrow on August 10th.

This is NOT a steelbook release, but in typical Arrow fashion this 4 disc set (2 x Blu-ray, 2 x DVD) is packed to bursting with features. I can’t wait. Pre-orders are live right now, from all good (and evil) online retailers. Prices vary, so take your pick:

Pre-order: Amazon UK | Zavvi | Base.com

LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS:

  • High Definition digital transfers of the uncut version of Videodrome and four of Cronenberg’s early works
  • Original uncompressed mono audio tracks for all films
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for all films
  • Limited Edition packaging, fully illustrated by Gilles Vranckx
  • Limited Edition Exclusive Extras

VIDEODROME BLU-RAY DISC 1 AND DVD DISC 2:

  • Restored high-definition digital transfer of the unrated version, approved by director David Cronenberg and cinematographer Mark Irwin
  • Audio commentary by Tim Lucas, the on-set correspondent for Cinefantastique Magazine and author of Videodrome: Studies in the Horror Film
  • David Cronenberg and the Cinema of the Extreme – A documentary programme featuring interviews with Cronenberg, George A. Romero and Alex Cox on Cronenberg’s cinema, censorship and the horror genre
  • Forging the New Flesh – A documentary programme by filmmaker Michael Lennick on Videodrome’s video and prosthetic make up effects
  • Videoblivion – A brand new interview with cinematographer Mark Irwin
  • A brand new interview with producer Pierre David
  • AKA Jack Martin – Dennis Etchison, author of novelizations of Videodrome, Halloween, Halloween II and III and The Fog, discusses Videodrome and his observations of Cronenberg’s script
  • The complete uncensored Samurai Dreams footage with additional Videodrome broadcasts with optional commentary by Michael Lennick
  • Helmet Test and Betamax
  • Camera (2000) – Cronenberg’s short film starring Videodrome’s Les Carlson
    Fear on Film: A round table discussion from 1982 with Cronenberg, John Carpenter, John Landis and Mick Garris
  • Promotional featurette with behind-the-scenes footage and interviews with Cronenberg, James Woods, Deborah Harry and Rick Baker
  • Original theatrical trailers

DAVID CRONENBERG’S EARLY WORKS: BLU-RAY DISC 3 AND DVD DISC 4 [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]

  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation of four Cronenberg films:
    • Transfer (1966) & From the Drain (1967 – Cronenberg’s previously unavailable short films newly restored by the Toronto International Film Festival [7 & 12 mins]
    • Stereo (1969) & Crimes of the Future (1970) – Cronenberg’s early amateur feature films, shot in and around his university campus, prefigure his later works’ concerns with strange institutions (much like Videodrome’s Spectacular Optical) as well as male/female separation (Dead Ringers) and ESP (Scanners). Newly restored from original lab elements [65 & 70 mins]
  • Transfer the Future Author and critic Kim Newman discusses Cronenberg’s early works
  • COLLECTOR’S BOOKLET [LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE]

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