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This commentary is only available on the Criterion Collection DVD release of Videodrome.
Commentaries on this disc:
Director David Cronenberg and director of photography Mark Irwin
Rating:7.9/10 (25 votes) [
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Reviewed by stuartbannerman on December 8th, 2004
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Talking for the full 88 mins, David Cronenberg and Mark (recorded seperately i think) keep the listener entertained with subjects ranging from the technical details of the film, the scripts chances, annecdotes about the actors/actresses and the locations of the shoot.
Ive always liked David Cronenberg commenteries and this was yet another of the good ones. Id like to add that David also points out which footage has been restored into this uncut version from the censored version that has been around for many years
Reviewed by scroll2b on April 15th, 2005
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This commentary carries a lot of deep philosophy that's very well explained about the inner workings of the film, and how relevant and prophetic it has been with regards to the internet, and man's evolution with technology vs the environment in general. The DP gives a lot of plain advice about how he got started in the business and how he achieved certain shots that would be a great listen for any aspiring camera person. Yet another excellent Criterion commentary.
Actors James Woods and Deborah Harry
Rating:7.7/10 (18 votes) [
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Reviewed by The Cubist on January 19th, 2005
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Woods, always the animated talker, not surprisingly dominates this track with his insight and entertaining comments. Initially, he was given only the first 70 pages of the script but was a fan of Cronenberg’s previous film, Scanners, and decided to do the movie. Harry says that she got the role based on her work with the rock group Blondie and that her mysterious, sexy quality was perfect for Nicki. Woods is a very engaging speaker with a wry sense of humour and makes this commentary well worth a listen.
Reviewed by reidca on August 26th, 2015
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Not on this edition but on the recent Arrow bluray is a commentary by Video Watchdog publisher Tim Lucas. But this is not just a scholarly track as Lucas was the only journalist on the set of this film - he was working for Cinefantastique at the time. His manner is a touch dry for my taste but otherwise this fills in most of the blanks left by the two Criterion tracks. I was particularly interested in the deviations between first draft and final film. He also spends a lot of time name checking actors, talking about his experiences on set including helping puppeteering Convex's demise and identifying all the shooting locations. Having not read Lucas' book on Videodrome I cannot comment if there is overlap, but for me it is a definite 9/10.
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