'Best in Blu-ray' is a weekly column that recommends newly-released titles for both the Blu-ray veteran and newbie, as well as the most intriguing rental. This week's edition includes a special section on Blu-ray re-releases.
For Blu-ray Vets:
'Videodrome' (The Criterion Collection)
Twitter Tag Line: In David Cronenberg's bleak vision, television is the ultimate mind control device.
New Features Unique to Blu-ray: None. However, all of the extensive extras from the two-disk DVD edition have been carried over, and, of course, a new high-definition transfer has been made.
Transfer/Audio: "Everything is visually represented as adeptly and impressively as one might expect from Criterion and the image advances to a far more film-like appearance. ... The lossless rendering accentuates the haunting music score with some perceived depth." (DVD Beaver)
Replay Value: This is tougher to consider because the film can be so grueling to watch. Yet if you have the stomach (or the "abdominal vagina," as Lars Nilsen of Alamo Drafthouse so amusingly wrote) to deal with the images, repeat viewings give you the opportunity to consider more closely the implications of sleazy executives willing to go to extremes to goose ratings. In today's era, James Woods would be working at a big Internet company rather than cable TV.
Further Reading: Cinematical Seven: Our Favorite Sex Creeps (Jenni Miller, Cinematical).
Also consider: 'Cronos,' the debut feature by Guillermo del Toro.