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Videodrome Blu-ray

United Kingdom
Cut Version Universal Studios | 1983 | 87 min | Rated BBFC: 18 | Dec 26, 2011

Videodrome (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: VC-1
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.85:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0
French: DTS 2.0
Italian: DTS 2.0
Spanish: DTS 2.0
Russian: DTS 2.0
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Subtitles
English SDH, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Italian, Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek… (more)

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25GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Blu-ray rating
Video 2.4 of 52.4
Audio 3.4 of 53.4
Extras 0.2 of 50.2
Based on 2 user reviews

Movie appeal

 
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Surreal39%
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Videodrome

 (1983)

Videodrome Blu-ray features mediocre video and superb audio in this mediocre Blu-ray release

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.

For more about Videodrome and the Videodrome Blu-ray release, see Videodrome Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 2.5 out of 5.

Starring: James Woods, Deborah Harry, Sonja Smits, Peter Dvorsky (I), Leslie Carlson, Jack Creley
Director: David Cronenberg

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Videodrome Blu-ray, Video Quality

  2.5 of 5

Presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.85:1, encoded with VC-1 and granted a 1080p transfer, David Cronenberg's Videodrome arrives on Blu-ray courtesy of Universal Studios-UK.

The high-definition transfer is very problematic. It has been struck from a dated master which was most likely prepared for the DVD release of Videodrome. There are numerous traces of moderate to strong sharpening and denoising that consistently give the film a thick electronic look which is more appropriate for upscaled content rather than true high-definition content. (I have attempted to match a couple of different screenshots for you to compare with the corresponding screenshots from our review of the Criterion release, but please keep in mind that we do not use time codes so there could be minor discrepancies). Unsurprisingly, detail and clarity consistently suffer, while contrast levels fluctuate. Color reproduction is also problematic. The reds and blues, in particular, look very weak and unstable. Perhaps the biggest issue with the high-definition transfer, however, is the framing. When comparing it to Criterion's high-definition transfer, there are obvious discrepancies that are easy to notice during close-ups as well as during larger panoramic shots (for example, compare screenshot #2 with screenshot #3 from our review of the Criterion release). Considering the fact that Criterion's high-definition transfer was supervised by cinematographer Mark Irwin and approved by director David Cronenberg, I believe there is no need to speculate which high-definition transfer has been compromised. Lastly, I must mention that the UK release also appears to have been censored (the Criterion release is a little over a minute and a half longer). (Note: This is a Region-Free Blu-ray disc. Therefore, you will be able to play it on your PS3 or SA regardless of your geographical location. For the record, there is no problematic PAL or 1080/50i content preceding the disc's main menu. Please note that the main menu can be set in one of the following languages: Japanese, English, French, Italian, Spanish (continental), Spanish (Latin America), Russian, Portuguese (Brazil), Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (continental), Swedish, Thai, Turkish, Traditional Mandarin).


Videodrome Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.5 of 5

There are six audio tracks on this Blu-ray disc: English DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0, French DTS 2.0, Italian DTS 2.0, Spanish DTS 2.0, Russian DTS 2.0, and Spanish (Latin America) DTS 2.0. For the record, Universal Studios-UK have provided optional English SDH, Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish (continental), Spanish (Latin America), Portuguese (Brazil), Czech, Danish, Finnish, Greek, Hungarian, Korean, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (continental), Swedish, Thai, Turkish, and Traditional Mandarin subtitles for the main feature.

Unlike the video, the audio is very convincing. The English track opens up the film quite well in many of the of the film's most memorable sequences, such as the one where Max places the electric device on his head and enters Videodrome. Howard Shore's extremely moody soundtrack also benefits greatly from the loseless treatment (the electronica themes in particular). Finally, the dialog is consistently crisp, stable, and easy to follow.



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Videodrome Gets UK Release Date - October 1, 2011

The UK branch of Universal Studios has revealed that it plans to release on Blu-ray David Cronenberg's cult horror thriller Videodrome (1983), starring James Woods, Sonja Smits, and Deborah Harry. The preliminary release date set by the studio is December 26th ...


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