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HTF DVD Review: VIDEODROME (Criterion Collection)

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#1 of 40 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted September 05 2004 - 08:11 AM

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#2 of 40 OFFLINE   Ian_H


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Posted September 05 2004 - 08:20 AM

Thanks for the review Michael! I can now finally retire my old Japanese laser disc. --Ian

#3 of 40 OFFLINE   Nick Sievers

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Posted September 05 2004 - 10:08 AM

Great job on the review Michael. Posted Image

I'm still waiting for my copy to arrive but I can't wait to watch it again, it is probably my favorite Cronenberg film.
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#4 of 40 OFFLINE   Joseph J.D

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Posted September 05 2004 - 10:19 AM

Good review Michael, I look forward to your thoughts on the commentaries....can't wait to watch this one again (haven't seen it in a very long time) and also watch the roundtable discussion.Posted Image
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#5 of 40 OFFLINE   Paul_Scott


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Posted September 05 2004 - 10:27 AM

i saw this at the theater as well, and walked away from it never once feeling the desire to see it again in the preceding 21 years. however, i caught sight of the packaging for this in BB and based on that alone i'm considering giving the film another shot.

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Posted September 05 2004 - 10:36 AM

I'm watching this tonight - can't wait. I do have a question for Michael and anyone else: Why would anyone "downgrade" mono audio if mono audio was how the film was originally mixed and shown. That makes no sense to me. This film wasn't made today and shouldn't be judged by people who only think film has multi-channel sound. Mono sound served the industry for many many decades and there is nothing wrong with a well-mixed mono film. I've enjoyed some of the 5.1 remixes on certain films, but I would never want to be without the original mix which replicates how I saw a film in a theater. Thanks, Michael for not downgrading the mono sound and for your well-written paragraph about same.

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Posted September 05 2004 - 10:43 AM

Great review. Can't wait for my copy to arrive.

I also have a little audio question though:

When a mono track is encoded as DD 2.0, the bits aren't on the disc twice? Or are they?

You could surely tell the player to spit out one bit of wonderful mono data twice? Posted Image
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#8 of 40 OFFLINE   Michael Reuben

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Posted September 05 2004 - 10:52 AM

I can think of various reasons, but I'd rather not speculate. The fact remains that many DVD reviews dump on mono tracks, regardless of how well they present the original sound (one publication became famous for its use of phrases like "undistinguished mono"). M.
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#9 of 40 OFFLINE   Herb Kane

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Posted September 05 2004 - 10:56 AM

Super review Michael - thank you. Herb.
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Posted September 05 2004 - 11:26 AM

Excellent review, I haven't seen this in years, when I found out that Criterion was releasing, well I gotta get me a copy. Pair it off with Naked Lunch.Posted Image

#11 of 40 OFFLINE   Justin_S



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Posted September 05 2004 - 02:54 PM

This is my favorite Cronenberg film, not to mention one of my top 10 favorite films, and I've waited a long time for it to get this type of treatment. It was well worth the wait, and this is my favorite release of 2004. Now, if only Criterion would do a DVD for Crash.

#12 of 40 OFFLINE   Joe Cortez

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Posted September 05 2004 - 06:14 PM

Great, great review. Many thanks.
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#13 of 40 OFFLINE   andrew markworthy

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Posted September 05 2004 - 06:50 PM

Good review. Have got my copy, but only managed a couple of minutes of viewing so far. I agree on that short sampling that the picture is excellent. I too like the packaging - not only because it's very neat touch in itself, but it shows the depth of detailed thought that's gone into this release.

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Posted September 06 2004 - 06:57 AM

Haven't seen this feature but I did enjory two of the director's films: Crash & The Fly. Should I rent this movie or is this a cool blind purchase?

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Posted September 06 2004 - 07:19 AM

Criterions tend to keep their value. Buy it, if you don't like it you can easily sell it again without much loss (if any) at eBay....
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#16 of 40 OFFLINE   ArthurMy


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Posted September 06 2004 - 08:55 AM

I watched it last night. I like the transfer a lot, and the film, which is not my favorite Cronenberg (favorites are The Dead Zone, The Fly and Dead Ringers, along with Scanners), has actually aged well in an interesting sort of way. It looks great, sounds great, and the extras are worth the extra dough.

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Posted September 06 2004 - 10:11 AM

I got it and loved the Beta packaging and...er...I couldn't resist sticking it into my stomach slit and...well...I haven't gotten it back yet. ..found some old keys though.....and a remote...
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#18 of 40 OFFLINE   Eric Emma

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Posted September 06 2004 - 12:22 PM

I really like the Fly, and the plot sounds awesome. I love open ended movies that are open for interpretations... Actually I love all films Posted Image My favorites list run something like Citizen Kane, Robocop, Muppet Movie, Brazil, Ghostbusters... Posted Image So do you think this is blind buy worthy?

#19 of 40 OFFLINE   Simon Caleb

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Posted September 06 2004 - 01:37 PM

Got to say, I found this release to be one of the best so far since dvd began. The round table featurette & assorted behind the scenes clips were amazing to see. I'm about to pile in to the Ultimate Dawn of the Dead set, which i have a feeling will be equelly stunning.
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Posted September 07 2004 - 02:28 AM

Watched it this weekend... phenomenal! I was constantly surprised at just how good this movie looks and sounds, and how well the subject matter has held up. I've also listened to the director/cinematographer commentary and the first half of the actors' commentary, and both are absolutely top-notch. Cronenberg is, as always, focused and articulate. I've found his commentaries to be among the best of the director variety (Soderbergh, Minghella, Scorsese also tend to be very good IMO). James Woods' effort is also quite good, and he seems surprisingly familiar and fluent in the themes of the film even after all these years. Not at all one of those "first time I've seen it in ages... what's going on here?" yak-tracks. Quite in-depth, and, like Cronenberg, quite articulate and focused. Deborah Harry has just a bit less to add, but is nonetheless very engaging and interesting. She acknowledges her amateur status as an actor, but understands full-well the persona she was bringing to the role and why Cronenberg wanted her. She's an astute, culturally aware person, which should come as no surprise to those who've followed her career a bit closer than just remembering all those great Blondie singles. In fact, the next day, I dug out my DCC gold disc of "Parallel Lines" and reminded myself what a brilliant album that is, start to finish... and it absolutely is brilliant, and holds up every bit as well as "Videodrome"! I've still got some commentary, the short film "Camera", and the entirety of disc 2 to take in, but this is easily one of the best special editions I've seen this year. I can't imagine how it could possibly be improved.
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