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review added: 1/25/99

1982 (1998) - Universal Home Video

review by Todd Doogan, special to The Digital Bits

Film Rating: B-
I'm a sucker for the complex world of David Cronenberg. You'd think the guy was a sexual pervert by the things he puts on screen. Surprisingly, next to The Fly, this is his most mainstream movie. That's saying a lot, considering the stomach "vagina/VHS slot" that appears in this film.

Disc Ratings (Video/Audio/Extras): B-/B-/C
Videodrome looks great on DVD, no complaints here. The sound is fine, although not as jacked up as I would have hoped (it's 2 channel mono). The standard Universal extras here are nice. Still, I would have liked a commentary track, or a making of documentary. And what about all those deleted scenes, that we fans of Cronenberg know about?

Overall Rating: B-
Of the three Cronenberg DVDs currently out, this one is my favorite. I can't wait for 20th Century Fox to start bum-rushing the stores with their library, as my other faves are theirs: Naked Lunch, The Fly and Madame Butterfly.

Specs and Features

89 mins, NR, letterboxed widescreen (1.85:1), single-sided, singled-layered, Amaray keep case packaging, production notes, cast and crew bios, theatrical trailer, film-themed menus, scene access (16 chapters), languages: English & French (DD 2.0 mono), subtitles: English, French & Spanish, Close Captioned

Bottom line

A creepy movie, about the new world of VHS, now available on DVD. It sounds dated, but it's not. The disc looks great, and I'm happy to own it.

Todd Doogan
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