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Crash (1996) 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray: Orgasmic fender bender

UK label Arrow Video will be releasing director David Cronenberg’s fascinating erotic drama, Crash (1996) on a 4K Ultra HD Blu-ray. Stars James Spader, Holly Hunter.

Technology and sexuality meet in a head-on collision in Crash director David Cronenberg s controversial adaptation of writer J.G. Ballard s hugely transgressive 1973 novel starring James Spader and Holly Hunter.

Spader stars as James Ballard, an advertising executive whose deviant sexual desires are awakened by a near-fatal automobile accident with Dr. Helen Remington (Hunter). Soon the pair, alongside Ballard s wife Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger), are drawn into an underground world of car-crash fetishism presided over by renegade scientist Vaughan (Elias Koteas). Danger, sex, and death become entwined as eroticism and technology join together in a disturbing, deadly union.

Crash (1996) — Photo
Image courtesy IMDB

Awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival for originality, daring, and audacity, Crash remains an incredibly subversive and confrontational piece of cinema Cronenberg himself describes it as a dangerous film now newly refurbished in a stunning 4K restoration.

Spader is perfectly cast as the perverted filmmaker… And Koteas is wonderfully creepy.

Chris Knight — National Post


Release date: November 30, 2020
Genre: Drama


DirectorDavid Cronenberg
CastJames Spader, Holly Hunter, Elias Koteas
CountryCanada
Production Year1996
Discs1 Blu-ray Disc
Region4K Blu-ray – Region Free / 2K Blu-ray – Region B
Run Time100 minutes
FormatsColor / 4K Ultra HD / 1.66:1
AudioEnglish
SubtitleEnglish
StudioArrow Video (UK)

Special features


NEW 4K RESTORATION of the uncut NC-17 version from the original 35mm camera negative, supervised by writer-director David Cronenberg and director of photography Peter Suschitzky
5.1 and 2.0 Stereo DTS-HD Master Audio
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Brand new audio commentary with film scholar Adrian Martin
Cronenberg Challenge new interview with the director of photography Peter Suschitzky
Mechanical Animals new interview with executive producer Jeremy Thomas
The Shore Thing new interview with composer Howard Shore
License to Drive new interview with casting director Deirdre Bowen
Archival “Behind the Scenes” featurette
Archival interviews with David Cronenberg, J.G. Ballard, and actors James Spader, Holly Hunter, Deborah Kara Unger, and Elias Koteas
Cronenberg: Concrete Cowboy brand new video essay by Caelum Vatnsdal on Cronenberg s use of Toronto as a filming location
Original Trailers
Fully illustrated collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Vanessa Morgan and Araceli Molina, alongside a reprinted excerpt from Cronenberg on Cronenberg
Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
Limited edition packaging with a reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

With Crash, David Cronenberg drives mainstream cinema over the edge.

Rob Nelson — City Pages, Minneapolis/St. Paul

Crash (1996) trailer

Notice: The picture quality of these videos do not reflect the picture quality of the Blu-ray or DVD in this package.

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