British distributors Arrow Video have detailed their upcoming Blu-ray release of David Cronenberg's Shivers (1975), starring Paul Hampton, Barbara Steele, and Lynn Lowry. The release will be available for purchase on September 29th.
Initially reviled in its native land (some critics took exception to the fact the film was largely funded by the Canadian taxpayer), Shivers is an intensely claustrophobic, subversive masterpiece and an essential entry in the oeuvre of one of the horror genre's most gifted auteurs. Some 40 years after its release, it still retains its power to shock.
Starliner Island is an idyllic community. Cut off from the rest of the world, the luxury apartment block affords its occupants the chance to escape from the hustle and bustle of the big city. But this isolation is to prove fatal when a new breed of parasite – a combination of aphrodisiac and venereal disease which arouses sexual aggression in its hosts – is let loose in the building, resulting in an orgy terror and mayhem.
Known under a host of alternate titles such as The Parasite Murders and They Came From Within!, Shivers is the startling debut full-length feature from director David Cronenberg which anticipates the body-horror concerns of his later films such as The Fly and Videodrome.
New High Definition Digital Transfer supervised and approved by writer-director David Cronenberg
High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentation
Original mono audio (uncompressed PCM on the Blu-ray)
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Parasite Memories: The Making of Shivers – A brand new documentary featuring interviews with stars Barbara Steele, Allan Kolman and Lynn Lowry, special effects genius Joe Blasco and film critic Kier-La Janisse
On Screen! – An episode of the Canadian television programme which documents the release history of Shivers, featuring interviews with Cronenberg, co-producer Don Carmody, as well as other cast and crew
From Stereo to Video – A specially-commissioned video essay by Caelum Vatnsdal, author of They Came from Within: A History of Canadian Horror Cinema, charting Cronenberg's career from his experimental beginnings through to Videodrome, his first major studio picture
Original Theatrical Trailer
Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Nat Marsh (Amaray only)
Collector's Booklet featuring new writing on the film by Paul Corupe, creator of the Canuxploitation website, reprinted excerpts of Cronenberg on Cronenberg and more, illustrated with original archive stills and posters
Ordered the standard case vers long time ago. Not really thrilled with any of the 3 artworks either, since the included original has an alternate title, but not a huge deal. Steelbook art isn't bad, just not that great (it'd be my pick if it cost the same). Just my 2 cents on the artwork. At least their art design has improved over their bad old days.