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David Cronenberg’s Rabid to get 2-disc Blu-ray release in August

David Cronenberg’s classic horror Rabid is being released on 2-disc Blu-ray by 101 Films on 26th August 2019.

The release comes a day after the new 2K restoration of the film is shown at Arrow Video FrightFest, where the remake is also being shown.

The film stars Marilyn Chambers, Howard Ryshpan, Frank Moore and Patricia Gage (American Psycho). Rabid is written and directed by David Cronenberg (Videodrome) and produced by John Dunning, Ivan Reitman and Don Carmody.

When Rose suffers terrible injuries in a motorcycle crash, she is taken to a nearby clinic run by Dr Keloid for experimental skin-graft surgery. At first, the revolutionary procedure proves successful, but it soon leaves Rose with a strange orifice protruding from her armpit and an insatiable thirst for human blood.

Hell-bent on satisfying her bloodlust, Rose leaves a trail of insane and uncontrollably aggressive victims, as the unknown virus engulfs North America in an orgy of frenetic violence.

Credit: 101 Films

The new extras on the release are:

  • The Quiet Revolution: State, Society and the Canadian Horror Film – Part One: Gimme Shelter: Cinepix and the Birth of the Canadian Horror Film, a brand new feature-length documentary exploring the social contexts behind Canadian horror cinema from filmmaker and author Xavier Mendik
  • Audio commentary with filmmakers Jen and Sylvia Soska (directors of the 2019’s Rabid reimagining)
  • Limited edition booklet: Includes ‘The Birth of Rabid’ by Greg Dunning and ‘Stunned. Shocked. Exhilarated: Horror in the Early Films of David Cronenberg’ by Alex Morris

Additional extras are:

  • Audio commentary with writer-director David Cronenberg
  • Audio commentary with William Beard, author of ‘The Artist as Monster: The Cinema of David Cronenberg’
  • Audio commentary with Jill C. Nelson, author of ‘Golden Goddesses: 25 Legendary Women Of Classic Erotic Cinema, 1968-1985’ and Marilyn Chambers’ Personal
  • Appearances Manager Ken Leicht
  • Young And Rabid – An interview with actress Susan Roman
  • Archive interview with David Cronenberg
  • The Directors: David Cronenberg – a 1999 documentary on the filmmaker
  • Interview with executive producer Ivan Reitman
  • Interview with co-producer Don Carmody
  • Trailer
  • Radio spots

The tech specs for the release are:

  • 2K scan from the original camera negative at director David Cronenberg’s preferred aspect ratio (1.66:1)
  • Cert: 18
  • Feature runtime: 91 mins
  • Extras runtime: 200 mins approx
  • Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
  • Subtitles: English HOH
  • Region: B
  • Format: two-disc Blu-ray (all extras aside from commentaries on disc two)
  • Cat no.: 101BL009
  • First 3,000 copies come with limited edition slipcase and booklet

You can pre-order Rabid at

Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip Ellwood-Hughes
Pip is the Editor of Entertainment Focus and the Managing Director of agency Piñata Media.

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