Videodrome

Videodrome

Criterion Collection Edition #248

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. 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
  • Videodrome

    Directed by David Cronenberg • 1983 • Canada
    Starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, Deborah Harry

    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 ...

Extras

  • VIDEODROME Commentary: David Cronenberg and Mark Irwin

    This commentary features director David Cronenberg and director of photography Mark Irwin, and was recorded for the Criterion Collection in Toronto and Los Angeles in 2004.

  • VIDEODROME Commentary: James Woods and Deborah Harry

    This commentary features actors James Woods and Deborah Harry, and was recorded for the Criterion Collection in Los Angeles in 2004.

  • Camera

    This short film stars VIDEODROME’s Les Carlson and was written and directed by David Cronenberg in 2000. It was part of a series of short films by Canadian filmmakers—called Preludes—commissioned by the Toronto International Film Festival, which was then celebrating its twenty-fifth anniversary. ...

  • Forging the New Flesh

    This documentary, created for the Criterion Collection in 2004 by Toronto-area filmmaker and VIDEODROME special video effects supervisor Michael Lennick, details the painstaking production process required to create the breakthrough makeup and video effects seen in the film. Some of the footage i...

  • Effects Men

    In this audio piece, recorded for the Criterion Collection in 2004, Rick Baker, creator of VIDEODROME’s special makeup effects, and Michael Lennick, responsible for the film’s many video effects, share their thoughts on working with director David Cronenberg and their careers in general.

  • Bootleg Video: “Samurai Dreams” Commentary 1

    Early on in the production of VIDEODROME, David Cronenberg and his crew shot several short video sequences that were later excerpted in the film. Early in VIDEODROME, Max Renn watches a scene from a Japanese soft-core porn show entitled “Samurai Dreams.” The original full-length, five-minute shor...

  • Bootleg Video: “Samurai Dreams” Commentary 2

    Early on in the production of VIDEODROME, David Cronenberg and his crew shot several short video sequences that were later excerpted in the film. Early in VIDEODROME, Max Renn watches a scene from a Japanese soft-core porn show entitled Samurai Dreams. The original full-length, five-minute short ...

  • Bootleg Video: Transmissions from Videodrome

    Early on in the production of VIDEODROME, David Cronenberg and his crew shot several short video sequences that were later excerpted in the film. This clip features the uninterrupted Videodrome transmissions seen by Max Renn, plus some that were not included in the film’s final cut. They are pres...

  • Bootleg Video: Helmet-Cam Test

    Early on in the production of VIDEODROME, David Cronenberg and his crew shot several short video sequences that were later excerpted in the film. When Max Renn puts on Barry Convex’s prototype helmet midway through the film, he experiences a hallucination. David Cronenberg asked special video eff...

  • Fear on Film

    In 1982, while working at Universal Studios as a publicity and marketing specialist for horror and science-fiction films, Mick Garris produced and hosted this twenty-six-minute roundtable discussion with VIDEODROME director David Cronenberg and filmmakers John Landis and John Carpenter. All three...

  • Making of VIDEODROME

    This featurette, produced by filmmaker Mick Garris in 1982 for Universal publicity, includes excerpts of interviews with David Cronenberg, James Woods, Deborah Harry, and Rick Baker, as well as behind-the-scenes glimpses of VIDEODROME in production.

  • VIDEODROME Trailer 1

  • VIDEODROME Trailer 2