Shivers…1975 Canada Sci-Fi horror by David Cronenberg unfortunately released on UK DVD and Blu-ray in a significantly cut version

Posted: 14 October, 2014 in Distributor Cuts, New Releases
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Shivers Steelbook Dual Format Blu ray Shivers is a 1975 Canada Sci-Fi horror by David Cronenberg.
Starring Paul Hampton, Joe Silver and Lynn Lowry. YouTube icon BBFC link IMDb UK: A pre-cut version was passed 18 without BBFC cuts for:

  • 2014 Arrow Video Steelbook RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 13th October 2014
  • 2014 Arrow Video RB Blu-ray/R2 DVD Combo at UK Amazon released on 13th October 2014

Cuts warning

Thanks to GrindhouseDave and Jon who reported that the Arrow release is cut to violence in pivotal scenes. This seems to be a version pre-cut for violence to the tune of about 17s. The cuts are detailed in an article from .

thanks to GrindhouseDave. See example cut scene 1 and cut scene 2 from

Furthermore the cuts are made obvious by jolts on the soundtrack.

It seems that Cronenberg himself signed-off the pre-cut print without noticing the cuts. And Arrow didn’t notice either at least before producing all the discs.

Arrow have made a statement on Facebook :

We are currently looking into this issue and hope to have an update very soon. Just to clarify, our release of Shivers contains a new restoration personally supervised and approved by Director David Cronenberg and which was produced by Tiff Cinematheque Quebec at Technicolor in 2013.

We are unsure as to the reasons why part of Shivers appears to have been shortened except that it doesn’t appear to be the results of any conscious act of censorship, as many similar scenes would have been removed as well if that were the case. It may have been Cronenberg’s decision to excise this material due to damage to the original materials used, but at this point that’s only speculation on our part.

Unlike Zombie Flesh Eaters, this isn’t the result of an authoring or encoding error, as there is nothing technically wrong with our disc. Unlike many of our releases, we weren’t in any way involved with the restoration of this film, so we’re having to direct our questions to those who oversaw it. Just to reiterate, we are making enquiries to all the parties involved and hope to have a definitive answer to this very soon.


Promotional Material

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 Edition Contents:

  • High definition digital transfer
  • Newly created and exclusive content
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork to be revealed!
  • Collector s booklet featuring new writing on the film and more!
  • More to be revealed closer to the release date

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