Blu-ray, DVD Release: The Brood

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Oct. 13, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criteron

David Cronenberg’s (Scanners) 1979 psychological body horror cult favorite The Brood stars Oliver Reed (Royal Flash) and Samantha Eggar (The Collector).

Samantha Eggar welcomes her newborn in The Brood.

Samantha Eggar welcomes her newborn in The Brood.

A disturbed woman (Eggar) is receiving a radical form of psychotherapy at a remote, mysterious institute. Meanwhile, her five-year-old daughter, under the care of her estranged husband, is being terrorized by a group of demonic beings. How these two story lines connect is the shocking and grotesque secret of Cronenberg’s bloody tale of monstrous parenthood.

The Brood laid the groundwork for many of the director’s films to come, but it stands on its own as a personal, singularly scary vision.

Criterion’s director-approved DVD and Blu-ray editions contain the following:

  • New, restored 2K digital transfer, supervised by director David Cronenberg, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New documentary about the making of the film and Cronenberg’s early work, featuring actor Samantha Eggar, producer Pierre David, cinematographer Mark Irwin, assistant director John Board, and special makeup effects artists Rick Baker (Videodrome) and Joe Blasco (Shivers and Rabid)
    • New, restored 2K digital transfer of Crimes of the Future, a 1970 feature by Cronenberg, supervised by the director, plus a 2011 interview in which the director discusses his early films with Fangoria editor Chris Alexander
    • Interview from 2013 with actors Art Hindle and Cindy Hinds
    • Appearance by actor Oliver Reed on The Merv Griffin Show from 1980
    • Trailer and radio spot
    • An essay by critic Carrie Rickey


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.