Cronenberg's masterpiece and probably the most profound meditation on the effects of a lifetime of television viewing on human consciousness ever rendered in film. 2-Disc set w/documentaries and shorts Disc Features DIRECTOR-APPROVED SPECIAL EDITION: High-definition digital transfer of the unrated version (with uncompressed monaural soundtrack) 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 A booklet featuring essays by writers Carrie Rickey, Tim Lucas, and Gary Indiana
With Titus, Julie Taymor proves herself to be one of the very few film directors to successfully employ the visual vocabulary invented by Italian Film Director Federico Fellini and make it speak to her own concerns. That she did so while simultaneously wedding it to the vocabulary, aims and genius of Shakespeare makes this film a truly spectacular achievement. Click on image to read our full review of this amazing film. Recommended!
The final (major) piece in the puzzle of the Lynchian oeuvre is at last in place. Employing the great American metaphor of driving -- in a highly coded manner that takes one bizarrely twisted turn after another -- Lost Highway shows us the innermost workings of a psyche (in more ways than one, Lynch's own) that failed to successfully navigate the transition from childhood to adulthood and so remains trapped in a state of traumatized adolescence where identity remains in a constant state of transitional flux and the real and the imagined are never far apart. Or something like that. Not to mention the cool soundtrack. Get creeped out, freaked out, wigged out and more!
Approximate Hellhound, the arrival of which has been highly anticipated by the Copacetic Comics Co., is now standing tall on our trusty CD rack. Listening to this disc for the first time is an experience akin to that of suddenly realizing that the movie you inadvertently ended up watching at three in the morning has you riveted, and you find yourself thinking that it is the most amazing thing you've ever seen. The ten tracks on this disc flow like a conversation, each one picking up where the other left off, generating a persuasive musical argument that drives its train of thought to the end of the line. Our favorites include: "Take What You Want," an R & B rocker that has been covered by Frank Black and the Catholics; "Everything Is Going Wrong (& That's Alright)," a song for our times if ever there was one; "Better Days," the masterful centerpiece of the record, is a paradoxical work that pulls off something that we would not have thought possible if we hadn't heard it with our own ears -- managing to be simultaneously mournful and triumphant (you try it); "Someday I'll Be Okay," is a song that delivers a frisson unavailable from any other vendor; and, finally, the closer, "Stay Awhile," an anthem that one can well imagine receiving heavy play on Sisyphus's iPod. So, what are you waiting for?