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  Videodrome - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Videodrome is a 1983 film directed by David Cronenberg.
Videodrome's cult film status has made it a popular source for sampling and homage in industrial and heavy metal music.
Videodrome is also the name of an independent video rental store in Atlanta, Georgia specializing in many hard to find foreign, cult, and anime features.
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 Horrordvds.com - Videodrome DVD review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
In 1982 he wrote and directed Videodrome, a depiction of a future where television and reality blur as one, that in many ways envisioned the 90's fascination with reality TV (Survivor, anyone?).
Max is introduced to Videodrome, a pirate broadcast that consists solely of violence, torture, and murder.
The biggest downside is the lack of an anamorphic transfer (it is presented in a 1.85:1 widescreen format), though this is not unexpected for a 1998 disc.
www.horrordvds.com /reviews/n-z/videodrome   (1146 words)

 Videodrome: Criterion Collection (1983)
With groundbreaking special effects makeup by Academy Award-winner Rick Baker, Videodrome has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and mind-bending science fiction films of the 1980s, and The Criterion Collection is proud to present it in its full-length unrated edition.
Videodrome finds Cronenberg as he transitions from simpler genre flicks into efforts with a broader scope.
Videodrome appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this single-sided, double-layered DVD; the image has been enhanced for 16X9 televisions.
www.dvdmg.com /videodrome.shtml   (1947 words)

 notcoming.com | Videodrome   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
She is curiously aroused by the show, and the two proceed to copulate as it is on.
Videodrome subscribes to the general tones of science fiction: the genre continually explores a link between technology and the flesh, the inorganic and organic.
In this manner Videodrome is the conceptual reversal of the science-fiction android.
www.notcoming.com /reviews/videodrome.html   (930 words)

 ToxicUniverse.com - David Cronenberg - 1983 - Videodrome Movies Review
Videodrome is a show produced in Pittsburgh that is little more than a snuff film.
It seems that Videodrome is an experiment—it emits certain signals that affect the body's neurological centers, causing the growth of tumors and extreme hallucinations.
Videodrome deals with the idea of "the new flesh"—which probably means that someone like Max will evolve after experiencing this new media—and evolve he does.
www.culturedose.net /review.php?rid=10003721   (1253 words)

 The Criterion Collection: Videodrome
Starring James Woods and Deborah Harry in one of her first film roles, Videodrome is one of writer/director David Cronenberg’s most original and provocative works, fusing social commentary with shocking elements of sex and violence.
With groundbreaking special effects makeup by Academy Award®-winner Rick Baker, Videodrome has come to be regarded as one of the most influential and mind-bending science fiction films of the 1980s.
Videodrome is presented in its original theatrical aspect ratio of 1.85:1.
www.criterionco.com /asp/release.asp?id=248   (518 words)

Max's reaction to her masochism is parallel to his fascination with "Videodrome" — he's both disturbed and turned on.
Videodrome is a showcase for some of the most unforgettable special makeup effects work ever to see a movie screen.
In Videodrome, free will is under siege, and it may seem that Renn is punished by his willingness to experiment, which leads to his decimation by repeated exposure to the "Videodrome" signal.
www.deep-focus.com /flicker/videodro.html   (1418 words)

 Long Live The New Flesh: The Catho(de)lic Ray of David Cronenberg's Videodrome
Not the Catholicism of Anna Ryan, sitting on her stoop in Bay Ridge saying the rosary for her grandchildren and cursing the Jewish neighbors, but a distinctive answer to the Church which so avails itself of the same symbology, ethics and esthetics that difference in meaning is finally elided.
Were it not for Videodrome and its boring, mindlessly repetitive images of paltry sadism, she might be a Tantric Buddhist, using sex as an instrument of samadhi in search of self-negation.
Convex pitches Videodrome as a transformative engine, but he's unaware of what he's dealing with: he and Harlan must analyze the data from Max's hallucination before they can effectively use him.
wings.buffalo.edu /AandL/english/courses/eng201d/videodrome.htm   (1496 words)

 Monsters At Play: Videodrome Review
Like many of his later films such as "eXistenZ" and "Crash," "Videodrome" is difficult to classify; it’s not a horror film in the traditional sense and far too literate and complex for the exploitation market.
"Videodrome" is peopled with such interesting character actors, that it’s hard not to overlook her exposition-heavy femme fatale.
True to the all the hype, "Videodrome" was a watershed film that continues to inspire science fiction and horror to this day.
www.monstersatplay.com /review/dvd/v/videodrome.php   (1324 words)

 New Museum: Videodrome II
Videodrome II is the second incarnation at the New Museum of an exhibition of works exclusively in video.
Working as a collaboration, the organizers of Videodrome II viewed numerous video works before making a heterogeneous selection of some of the most challenging and innovative video of recent years.
The works in Videodrome II vary widely, yet each contributes to an overall investigation of tropes addressed in video today, with particular attention paid to how technological capabilities within the medium are used by artists to underscore conceptual ideas.
www.newmuseum.org /more_exh_videodromeii.php   (774 words)

 Amazon.com: Videodrome: Video: James Woods,Sonja Smits,Deborah Harry,Peter Dvorsky,Leslie Carlson,Jack Creley,Lynne ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Videodrome is a wonderfully original movie that mixes a well crafted script with some novel (for the time) special effects and a marvelous darkly comic sensibility.
Videodrome carries Cronenberg's distinctive insignia as it is unique, disturbing, and groundbreaking.
VIDEODROME in short is basically about this television producer (James Woods) who is looking for a new and interesting show to put on his already sleazy network.
www.amazon.com /Videodrome-James-Woods/dp/6300182770   (2798 words)

 James Woods: Videodrome - Movie
Thematically, 'Videodrome' is all over the map, dealing with conspiracies, snuff films, connection between man and technology etc. Though these themes are interesting to consider, they're more interesting in the way they are portrayed on the film, allowing for some interesting visual ideas.
Suffice to say, these visual ideas are some of the most intriguing parts of the film, and 'Videodrome' deserves to be recognized alongside 'Blade Runner' and 'The Thing' as visionary films which display practical special effects at their best.
Finally, the battlegrounds of the film are set up, with a conflict between those who wish to use television and the media to manipulate the world, and those who simply wish to erase the division between the real and unreal, with Max unwillingly placed in the middle.
www.superiorpics.com /james_woods/movie/1983_videodrome.html   (1269 words)

 Excess and Resistance in Feminised Bodies: David Cronenberg's Videodrome and Jean Baudrillard's Seduction
The “Videodrome” does not distinguish between the mediate and the immediate in the play of affect involved in televisual representation, and thus brings to bear a lethal transformation in the physiognomy of its viewer.
Videodrome addresses the experiential anxiety involved in attempting to discern, from a diffuse circulation of messages that are differentiated only by content and not form, communication that is roughly contemporary and relevant.
Their development of the dangerous Videodrome signal as a weapon to punish Max and the viewers of Channel 83 is emblematic of their contempt for the representation of extreme types of sexual expression.
www.sensesofcinema.com /contents/04/30/videodrome_seduction.html   (6211 words)

 Mindjack - DVD - Videodrome (The Criterion Collection)
Like this magazine, many of Cronenberg's films are concerned with the blending of technology and society, the organic with the synthetic — only he deals with these issues in a much more visual and visceral manner.
There's even a quote from Marshall McLuhan used in one of the documentaries on the DVD that could be applied to either film: "When you are on the phone or on the air, you have no body".
The second disc includes a half-hour documentary about the effects in Videodrome, an audio interview with the film's effects creators, a 26-minute roundtable discussion from 1982 with Cronenberg, John Carpenter and John Landis, plus the complete unedited video footage from various scenes in the film (with multiple commentaries).
www.mindjack.com /film/videodrome.html   (515 words)

Videodrome is a movie directed by David Cronenberg.
But Videodrome is more than a TV show; it's an experiment that uses regular TV transmissions to permanently alter the viewer's perceptions by giving them brain damage.
Max is caught in the middle of the forces that created and the forces that want to control Videodrome, his body itself turning into the ultimate weapon to fight them.
project.cyberpunk.ru /idb/videodrome.html   (78 words)

 DVD REVIEW: VIDEODROME   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
By mistake, Max and his chief technician Harlan (Peter Dvorsky) record a signal for a show called "Videodrome." Max is immediately transfixed by the images of sexual torture that he sees, and wants more.
His search for the source of the signal leads him into a world filled with sinister characters and realistic hallucinations (or are they?).
Most of it is gross-out stuff (blood gushes out of a head wound, a man explodes until his organs are all over the place) but it's nice to see the film the way Cronenberg intended.
www.lightviews.com /videodrome.htm   (617 words)

 IGN: The Horror Geek Speaks: Videodrome
Yes, Videodrome can be confounding to interpret (especially in the last thirty minutes) but it's also a lot of fun – and the confusing nature of Cronenberg's narrative is ultimately part of the film's charm.
It seems Videodrome is an experiment – it emits certain signals that affect the body's neurological centers, causing the growth of tumors and extreme hallucinations.
Videodrome deals with the idea of "the new flesh" – which probably means someone like Max will evolve after experiencing this new media – and evolve he does.
movies.ign.com /articles/442/442051p1.html   (1379 words)

 Flipside Movie Emporium: Videodrome Movie Review   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Highly regarded for his use of visual metaphors to represent visceral conflict between sense and sensation, mind and body, the images depicted in Videodrome are especially clear.
What Max and Nicki come to learn is that the Videodrome program is a transmission that stimulates a tumor in the brain, causing bizarre hallucinations.
Such is the nature of my experience with Videodrome, which alerts me to my fear of assimilation in a rapidly changing consumer culture.
flipsidemovies.com /videodrome.html   (972 words)

 DVD Savant Review: Videodrome
Videodrome is core science fiction in which director David Cronenberg truly hit his pace as an innovator of bizarre intellectual concepts.
Max Renn has been infected with a similar plague that is also changing him from the inside out, and he too has to learn to embrace an unknown future he calls 'the new flesh.' Scientific progress blends with spirituality when the ultimate escape from 'the old flesh' becomes all too obvious.
In Videodrome Renn's organic melding with a steel gun is a kind of practical evolution, and his changing a man's hand into a hand grenade (most of us don't recognize it as such) is like a gag from a Looney Tunes cartoon.
www.dvdtalk.com /dvdsavant/s1340vid.html   (1462 words)

 Amazon.ca: Videodrome: Video: David Cronenberg,James Woods,Sonja Smits,Debbie Harry,Peter Dvorsky,Leslie Carlson,Jack ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Inviting extremes of response from disdain (critic Roger Ebert called it "one of the least entertaining films ever made") to academic euphoria, it's the kind of film that is simultaneously sickening and seemingly devoid of humanity, but also blessed with provocative ideas and a compelling subtext of social commentary.
Still, Videodrome is certainly a fascinating, unique film that compels the viewer to contrast the interplay between video and real life in our increasingly technological age.
"Videodrome" is prescient in the way it forecasted the ever-increasing levels of depravity and sensation that has become available in the media.
www.amazon.ca /Videodrome-David-Cronenberg/dp/6300182770   (2196 words)

 Videodrome   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Made in 1983 Videodrome came on the scene at the dawn of home video and provided a twisted world of the media not only being the message but controlling it.
As Max becomes deeper and deeper involved with the truth behind Videodrome he changes psychologically and those heinous changes are reflected in grime detail with his physical appearance.
As often stated in the dialogue of his films "it’s all about the flesh", for him the ultimate horror is the mechanical devices we devise becoming a physical part of us.
www.hometheaterinfo.com /videodrome.htm   (1053 words)

 The Criterion Collection: Videodrome
Although it wasn’t obvious upon its release in 1983, Videodrome is a key work in the Cronenberg oeuvre.
Prior to Videodrome, Cronenberg was concerned with the external side effects of so-called medical advances.
Videodrome proposes a vision of the world made flesh, its skin the epidermis of breathing, pulsating, polyresin cassettes.
www.criterionco.com /asp/release.asp?id=248&eid=371§ion=essay   (601 words)

 Bates College | Videodrome II
Videodrome II was the second incarnation at the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York, of an exhibition of works exclusively in video.
Video has a unique capacity to submerge viewers through its medium-specific characteristics, such as its reliance upon light to generate atmosphere and the requirement that it be viewed over time.
Videodrome II was organized by the New Museum of Contemporary Art, New York and is made possible by the generous support of the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Jerome Foundation and the New York State Council on the Arts.
www.bates.edu /videodrome.xml   (523 words)

 Amazon.co.uk: Videodrome [1983]: DVD: James Woods,Sonja Smits,Deborah Harry,Peter Dvorsky,Leslie Carlson,Jack ...   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
In 'Videodrome' Max's mind falls into greater and greater subservience to his physical drives until his flesh becomes one with the T.V. technology, creating 'the new flesh'.
Videodrome is a definite contender for best film of the 1980's, along with films like Goodfellas, Blue Velvet, Blood Simple etc. Despite being a cult film, it's influence is still firmly with us.
Videodrome is a film that messes with reality in a big way, to the point where the biological collapses and fuses with the machinery (I've lost count of essays on the cyberpunk/mutation theme in this film).
www.amazon.co.uk /Videodrome-James-Woods/dp/B00006RHUU   (2041 words)

 DVD Breakdown | Videodrome (1983)
Made while working with an unfinished screenplay at the time of the shoot, Videodrome actually seems to benefit from its sometimes impossible-to-follow plot, its lack of clear answers allowing for numerous readings of the film's richly layered imagery.
Hailed by many today as a prophetic treatise on man's symbiotic relationship with technolgoy, and the parasitic, intrinsically exploitative nature of commercial broadcasting, the film has lost none of its power in the two decades since it was made, and now stands as a true classic within its genre.
As usual, he is reticent on the subject of the film's meaning, but Woods and Harry give this subject their best shot in their shared track.
www.dvdbreakdown.com /titles/videodrome.html   (690 words)

 Bizarre Movie Reviewer: Cronenberg
Speaking about Videodrome, it is similar to that film and Naked Lunch in the sense that it toys around with reality to the extent that you don't have the slightest idea what is real and what is not.
One day he encounters a signal for a station called Videodrome (not to be confused with Tunnelvision), which just shows what may or may not be snuff films all day.
Then Max sees her on Videodrome, being tortured, and speaking at him in his living room, as if she could observe what he's doing at the moment.
bizarre-movie-reviewer.8m.com /cronenberg.htm   (2812 words)

 NPR : 'Videodrome'
Videodrome, released in 1983, is a meditation on violence, technology and a mass media that seems -- like so much of Cronenberg's work -- unhappily prescient.
The zero-budget subject matter broadcast on the Videodrome satellite signal is brutal torture, and the flickering glimpses of electrified walls and naked flesh look like outtakes from Abu Ghraib.
But the good folks at the Criterion Collection have been careful to assure viewers that "all vestiges of the Videodrome signal have been filtered out to assure tumor-free viewing." Thanks, guys.
www.npr.org /templates/story/story.php?storyId=4133831   (813 words)

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