The Brood 1979 Criterion Collection
Oliver Reed is Dr. Hal Raglan, an ambitious scientist who has developed a groundbreaking new technique called phsychoplasmics which allows him to heal patients with serious emotional disorders. The technique also allows Dr. Raglan to establish direct contact with his patients' minds and partially manipulate the way they think. This way he can direct how their bodies respond to his therapy.
Nola Carveth (Samantha Eggar) is one of Raglan's patients. She's been sent off for therapy after abusing her five year old daughter, Candice (Cindy Hinds), who now lives alone with her father, Frank (Art Hindle). Raglan finds her a most interesting case because her emotions are so strong that he gets reactions from her that are considerably different than those of his other patients.
Concerned that Dr. Raglan might be seriously hurting his wife, Frank Carveth meets some of his patients. As he begins learning more about phsychoplasmics, his wife's family is attacked and their daughter's schoolteacher killed. Frank realizes that something very strange is happening at Raglan's institute and that his wife seems to be the catalyst.
The disc also includes a new, restored 4K digital transfer of Cronenberg's early feature Crimes Of The Future. The film explores a world of genetic mutations, in which all adult women have died from the use of cosmetics and the surviving men keep finding themselves reverting to more primitive forms.


Director: David Cronenberg
Cast: Oliver Reed, Samantha Eggar, Art Hindle, Henry Beckman
Country: Canada
Genre: Horror, Sci-Fi

BD50 + 2xDVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC 16:9 | 01:32:29 | 42.9 Gb + 13.4 Gb + 3% rec
Language: English
Subtitles: English

Extras:

Birth Pains - in this brand new documentary, cinematographer Mark Irwin (The Brood, Scanners), actor Samantha Eggar, executive producer Pierre David, assistant director John Board, and special makeup effects artists Rick Baker (Videodrome) and Joe Blasco (Rabid, Shivers) discuss David Cronenberg's early films and some of the special effects seen in them, the evolution of his style, and the production history and unique qualities of The Brood. The documentary was produced exclusively for Criterion in 2015. In English, not subtitled. (32 min).

Radio Spot - original radio spot for The Brood. In English, not subtitled. (1 min).

Crimes of the Future (1970) - presented here is David Cronenberg's second feature, Crimes of the Future, which was restored from a new 4K scan of the original 35mm negative. Director David Cronenberg supervised the transfer. In English, not subtitled. (63 min).

David Cronenberg - The Early Years - in this video interview, David Cronenberg explains how and when he decided to become a professional filmmaker. The Canadian director also discusses his professional relationship with Cinepix, a Canadian company known for its softcore films, and the production histories of Shivers and Rabid. The interview was conducted by Fangoria editor in chief Chris Alexander in 2011. In English, not subtitled. (14 min).

Oliver Reed - in this archival episode of The Merv Griffin Show, Oliver Reed, Orson Welles and entertainer Charo share a number of hilarious anecdotes and talk about film acting and film financing. The episode was initially broadcast on April 25, 1980. In English, not subtitled. (21 min).

Meet The Carveths - in this video interview, Art Hindle (Frank Carveth) and Cindy Hinds (Candice Carveth) discuss their contributions to The Brood as well as their interactions with director David Cronenberg and the rest of the cast (and in particular Oliver Reed) during the shooting of the film. The interview is conducted by Fangoria editor in chief Chris Alexander in 2013. In English, not subtitled. (20 min).

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