Director: David Cronenberg
Starring: James Spader, Holly Hunter, Deborah Kara Unger,
A group of burnt out souls get
their jollies by observing and participating in car crashes.
David Cronenberg’s typically intimate movie is a very
difficult film to like, but nevertheless admirable. Even Cronenberg’s
most ardent fans seem split on the film’s merits, despite it bearing
close relation to some of the director’s best work, (Videodrome,
for example). Columbia’s Region 2 disc presents the film in its
theatrical 1.85:1 ratio, enhanced for 16:9 playback. The transfer is very
nice, perfectly capturing Peter Suschitzky’s steely cinematography. Like
the US disc the sound is Dolby Surround only. Oddly the disc does carry a
terrific 5.1 mix, but it’s in Spanish! The disc contains a theatrical
trailer but nothing else to tempt wavering punters. The Region 1 disc
contains the same NC-17-rated theatrical version as the UK disc, but also
a heavily-censored R-rated version.