(physical media spotlight)
Criterion brings Videodrome into the Collection with a beautiful new special edition. Lately I’ve been on a mission to collect all of David Cronenberg’s films and get the best physical versions available on the market. The Criterion Collection has quite a few Cronenberg releases and recently I purchased Videodrome(Spine #248).
The film gets a new digital transfer that looks excellent. There’s a pleasing filmic quality to the image with a moderate level of grain. The audio is an uncompressed monaural track that’s crisp and clear with well-balanced dialogue.
Where this special edition truly shines is with the packaging. The slipcover highlights an iconic scene from the movie and is sturdy in construction. The clear Blu-ray case resembles a VHS tape, another nod to the film, and there’s a full-color booklet.
All this combine to create a solid entry into The Criterion Collection and another example of physical media done right.
I hope you enjoy the original photos that I took of my personal copy(see the photo gallery below). I’ll also include some detailed notes(from the manufacturer) about the specs and bonus features.
DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES
- New high-definition digital transfer of the unrated version, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
- Two audio commentaries: David Cronenberg and director of photography Mark Irwin, and actors James Woods and Deborah Harry
- Camera (2000), a short film starring Videodrome’s Les Carlson, written and directed by Cronenberg
- Forging the New Flesh, a new half-hour documentary featurette by filmmaker Michael Lennick about the creation of Videodrome’s video and prosthetic makeup effects
- Effects Men, a new audio interview with special makeup effects creator Baker and video effects supervisor Lennick
- Bootleg Video: the complete footage of Samurai Dreams and seven minutes of transmissions from “Videodrome,” presented in their original, unedited form with filmmaker commentary
- Fear on Film, a 26-minute roundtable discussion from 1982 between filmmakers Cronenberg, John Carpenter, John Landis, and Mick Garris
- Original theatrical trailers and promotional featurette
- Stills galleries featuring hundreds of rare behind-the-scenes production photos, special effects makeup tests, and publicity photos
- English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by writers Carrie Rickey, Tim Lucas, and Gary Indiana