DVD - 2004
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When Max Renn goes looking for edgy new shows for his sleazy cable TV station, he stumbles across the pirate broadcast of a hyperviolent torture show called Videodrome. As he struggles to unearth the origins of the program, he embarks on a hallucinatory journey into a shadow world of right-wing conspiracies, sadomasochistic sex games, and bodily transformation.
Publisher: [Irvington, N.Y.] : Criterion Collection, [2004]
Characteristics: 2 videodiscs (89 min.) : sound, color ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 booklet (39 pages : color illustrations ; 19 cm)
Credits: Director of photography, Mark Irwin ; edited by Ronald Sanders ; original music by Howard Shore ; special makeup designed and created by Rick Baker.
Performers: James Woods (Max Renn), Sonja Smits (Bianca O'Blivion), Deborah Harry (Nicki Brand), Peter Dvorsky (Harlan), Les Carlson (Barry Convex), Jack Creley (Brian O'Blivion), Lynne Gorman (Masha).
Audience: MPAA rating: Not rated
Language Note: Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
ISBN: 1559409525
UPC: 715515015424
Call Number: DVD V


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Sep 28, 2018

This 1983 drama/fantasy film is about a trashy TV channel that decides to launch a new graphic and gory show in order to draw viewers in. The channel president’s girlfriend auditions for the show then never makes an appearance again, leading the president of the channel to wonder if maybe the violence of the show isn’t as fake as he once thought. The premise of this film was just weird enough to be interesting, and well written enough to be believable. The actors did a great job at playing their roles and the film production was ahead of its time. I would rate this movie 4/5 stars. @The_Reviewer of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

May 21, 2018

Definately dated but a classic in its own right. Although I enjoyed seeing a Beta cassette and player again, along with some interesting scenes, I felt something was lacking in this film.

Oct 26, 2017

David Cronenberg's most visionary and audacious film up to the time of its making, Videodrome is a fascinating rumination on humanity, technology, entertainment, sex, and politics that is virtually incomprehensible on first viewing- which is why you probably should watch it more than once.

Oct 17, 2017

Saw this movie in a “Cult Movies” list from The Seattle Public library:
and attracted by Cronenberg’s many other works that I enjoyed (Naked Lunch, Crash, A History of Violence, Eastern Promises, A Dangerous Method, Maps to the Stars …etc.) Watched the entire film and a few scenes twice. Also read the “Production Notes” in special features as well. But still find the sci-fi concepts confusing or unrealistic, “horror” scenes just weird (see note) and the retina helmet, which could alter human mind and body, low tech (more advanced version of Oculus VR/ Google Glass.) Must be groundbreaking and scary in 1982 when the film was released (in perspective, IBM Personal Computer launched the Personal Compute in 1981) but average in all aspects today.

Note (quote from “Production Notes”):
Because Cronenberg is perhaps best known for the exploding heads in "Scanners," any mention of "altering" in his movies conjures up images of very bizarre occurrences. Videodrome lives up to expectations, but Cronenberg is quick to point out that, no matter how critical special effects are to the movie, they are absolutely not what it is about. In fact, he says, "I deliberately de-emphasized those elements. It's got a very seedy look to it, not high-tech at all. It's not an action picture, like 'Scanners.' Like 'The Brood,' it's a character study in the horror genre, although it does take a couple of extreme turns."

Aka_Aka_Aka Oct 24, 2016

To say that this one could have been a whole lot better would be an understatement. Though a little sick & twisted - It did have its interesting moments.

Nov 25, 2015

I've seen this about three times now and I still lose track of what's going on half-way through. Seems I'm not the only one though.

Feb 15, 2015

Except for the sex and violence, this reminded me of the Sci Fi B movies of the 50's and 60's. The acting is over the top and plot is laughable. One could be kind and say that it anticipates reality television and the increasing need to shock and titillate. I gave it an extra star for early screen roles by future Canadian TV stars Sonja Smits and Julie Khaner.

Nov 04, 2014

Almost a prequel to "EXistenZ", it is the same ideas of corporation/media vs. society and technology vs. biology. James Woods is excellent and the practical effects are bloody and disturbing.

Dec 14, 2013

It's wonderful to see Cronenberg as a young director working out some of the themes that are found in his mature work. Here the gun in the gut seems to look forward to the fantasy device in 'eXistence'. James Woods and Deborah Harry are entirely sympathetic to Cronenberg's intentions.

rocknrollphilip Mar 27, 2013

I dig this film. Very nice performance by Deborah Harry.

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Oct 17, 2017

Being an old cult classic, many many many quotes in IMDb already, likely these as well:

The television screen has become the retina of the mind's eye. That's why I refuse to appear on television, except on television. Of course, O'Blivion was not the name I was born with. That's my television name. Soon all of us will have special names, names designed to cause the cathode ray tube to resonate.

After all, there is nothing real outside our perception of reality, is there? You can see that can't you?

The battle for the mind of North America will be fought in the video arena — the videodrome. The television screen is the retina of the mind's eye. Therefore the television screen is part of the physical structure of the brain. Therefore whatever appears on the television screen emerges as raw experience for those who watch it. Therefore television is reality, and reality is less than television.

Oct 17, 2017

Why would anybody watch a scum show like Videodrome? Why did you watch it, Max?
-Business reasons
Sure, sure... what about the other reasons? Why deny you get your kicks out of watching torturing and murder?
Max, I'm so glad you've came to me. I've been through it all myself you see. Your reality is already half video hallucination. If you're not careful, it will become total hallucination. You'll have to learn to live in a very strange new world... I had a brain tumour and I had visions. I believe the visions cause the tumour and not the reverse. I can feel the visions coalsce and become flesh. Uncontrollable flesh. But when they removed the tumour, it was called Videodrome. I was the-- I... I... was... Videodrome's... first victim...
First it controlled her mind, then it destroyed her body... Long live the new flesh!


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Aug 08, 2011

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