Shivers (1975) (Blu-ray)

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Being terrified is just the beginning...

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 Murdersand 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
  • 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

Details

  • Year: 1975
  • Format: Blu-ray, Colour
  • Language: English (1.0 PCM Mono)
  • Subtitles: English SDH
  • Region: B
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Classification: 18
  • Run Time: 88 minutes
  • More info: External

Review

Another stacked release from Arrow! Fans will delight in Cronenberg's unique variation on the, oft-told, Zombie theme. It has amateurish moments but still sparks of superior horror realization. The Blu-ray extras add more value and those keen should be pleased with a late Friday night viewing. - 4/5