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Arrow Details David Cronenberg's Shivers Blu-ray

Posted August 22, 2014 05:17 PM by Webmaster

Arrow VideoBritish 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.

Special Features:
  • 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)
  • Limited Edition SteelBook packaging (SteelBook 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
Reversible cover



Source: Blu-ray.com | Permalink | United Kingdom [Country settings]

News comments (12 comments)



tru blu
  Aug 22, 2014
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Steelbook ordered. This is a blind buy for me.

Eusthenopteron
  Aug 22, 2014
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Can't wait for this.

Rockercub
  Aug 22, 2014
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Normally I'd be excited that Cronenberg supervised and approved the transfer, but after the Criterion Scanners debacle, I'm a bit concerned. I'm still picking it up though.

montyb
  Aug 22, 2014
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Early Cronenberg on blu ray! Love Criterion's and Second Sight's Scanners. Would love to see Rabid on blu!

Gerby
  Aug 23, 2014
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Rabid is coming from Arrow very soon.

darklightzg
  Aug 23, 2014
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Another Arrow retro crap artwork....Obviously still a buy though
billyearle
  Aug 24, 2014
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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.

postmodel
  Aug 24, 2014
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Just to confirm...if I were to purchase a region free bluray player, I know I can play the movie, but will I definitely be able to play all the special features?

Rockercub
  Aug 24, 2014
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Postmodel, there could theoretically be PAL content in the extras (like with the French "Phantom of the Paradise" disc), so just be sure you get a player with PAL/NTSC conversion.

postmodel
  Aug 24, 2014
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@Rockercub, thank you! I'm just starting to finally do research on a region free player. There's a bunch of good blurays coming out that are not region A so I figured what's he harm in getting one.
Mattedscreen
  Aug 25, 2014
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beat me to my question Postmodel! Thanks! - I've been itching for this one for some time here in the states

WilsonBros
  Aug 25, 2014
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The "retro" art might not be to the taste of everyone, but it deserves a place in the Louvre compared to the dogs-breakfasts served up by Scream Factory.


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