‘Rabid’ (1977) Bites Back On Blu-Ray!

New-to-the-UK 2K restoration will be previewed at FrightFest Film Festival.

101 Films is proud to present a Special Edition Two-Disc Blu-Ray of Rabid, the enduringly tense and gruesome horror that marked a landmark in David Cronenberg’s early career.

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.

Starring 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. The Special Edition Two-Disc Blu-Ray is released by 101 Films, 26 August.

Brand new extras

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

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
Radio spots

Tech specs

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

❉101 Films presents Rabid on two-disc special edition Blu-ray 26 August and Skinner on special edition dual format (Blu-ray/DVD) 23 September. Pre-order both for £25 direct from 101 Films: http://bit.ly/101black

The new-to-the-UK 2K restoration of ‘Rabid’ will screen at London’s FrightFest Film Festival on Sunday 25 August. For more information visit: http://bit.ly/Rabid77FrightFest

❉ News source: Witchfinder PR.

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