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Canada horror 1988 color 115 min.
Director: David Cronenberg
CLV: $39.95 - available
1 disc, catalog # CC1527L

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3 discs, catalog # CC1457L

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1 disc, catalog # CC1541D

Perverse, disturbing, and original, the films of David Cronenberg unfold like intimate nightmares. Despite his box-office popularity, he has retained his independent vision, a relentless determination to "show the unshowable, speak the unspeakable." Cronenberg uses his Criterion special edition to reveal the intricate design of his work through the film he labored 10 years to make.

David Cronenberg tells the chilling story of identical twin gynecologists--suave Elliot and sensitive Beverly, bipolar sides of one personality--who share the same practice, the same apartment, the same women. When a new patient, glamorous actress Claire Niveau, challenges their erie bond, they descend into a whirlpool of sexual confusion, drugs, and madness. Jeremy Irons' tour-de-force performance--as both twins--raises disturbing questions about the nature of personal identity.

Criterion's edition includes:

  • A new digital transfer, approved by director David Cronenberg and director of photography Peter Suschitzky
  • Commentary by David Cronenberg, Jeremy Irons, editor Ronald Sanders, production designer Carol Spier, and Peter Suschitzky
  • Hundreds of publicity and production stills, plus posters
  • The original designs for the opening title sequence
  • "Mathematics in Metal & Instruments for Operating on Mutant Women": a still gallery of drawings and photographs of the medical instruments and sculptures designed for the film
  • A special effects chapter covering twinning effects and motion control
  • "Double Trouble," a study of Dead Ringers special effects by Don Shay of Cineflex magazine
  • The electronic press kit, including a trailer and a featurette
  • An early Cronenberg feature, Crimes of the Future, with an introduction by Chris Rodley

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