David Cronenberg’s erotic thriller Crash gets a 4K upgrade in December

Technology and sexuality meet in a head-on collision in Crash – director David Cronenberg’s controversial adaptation of writer J.G. Ballard’s hugely transgressive 1973 novel, starring James Spader and Holly Hunter. The 4K UHD release will be ready to buy from December 14, with Blu-ray and digital download options available from November 30.

Spader stars as James Ballard, an advertising executive whose deviant sexual desires are awakened by a near fatal automobile accident with Dr Helen Remington (Hunter). Soon the pair, alongside Ballard’s wife Catherine (Deborah Kara Unger), are drawn into an underground world of car crash fetishism presided over by renegade scientist Vaughan (Elias Koteas). Danger, sex and death become entwined as eroticism and technology join together in a disturbing, deadly union.

Awarded the Special Jury Prize at the 1996 Cannes Film Festival for, Crash remains a subversive piece of cinema – Cronenberg himself describes it as “a dangerous film” – now newly refurbished in a 4K restoration.

4K UHD and Blu-ray features:

  • 4K restoration of the uncut NC-17 version, supervised by director of photography Peter Suschitzky and approved by director David Cronenberg
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in High Dynamic Range
  • 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Brand new audio commentary with film scholar Adrian Martin
  • Cronenberg Challenge – new interview with director of photography Peter Suschitzky
  • Mechanical Animals – new interview with executive producer Jeremy Thomas
  • The Shore Thing – new interview with composer Howard Shore
  • License to Drive – new interview with casting director Deirdre Bowen
  • 2019 Q&A with Cronenberg and actor Viggo Mortensen at TIFF
  • 1996 Q&A with Cronenberg and source novel writer J.G. Ballard at the National Film Theatre in London
  • Behind-the-scenes footage and contemporary press interviews
  • Architect of Pain: The Cronenberg Project—brand new video essay by Caelum Vatnsdal on Cronenberg’s use of architecture and location
  • Crash! (1971, 18 mins)—short film originally broadcast as part of the BBC’s Review series, starring J.G. Ballard and loosely adapted from his 1970 novel The Atrocity Exhibition
  • Two short films inspired by Ballard and the novel Crash: Nightmare Angel (Zoe Beloff, 1986, 33 mins) and Always (crashing) (Simon Barker and Jason Wood, 2016, 14 mins)
  • Two Cronenberg short films: The Nest (2013, 10 mins) and At the Suicide of the Last Jew in the World in the Last Cinema in the World (2007, 4 mins)
  • Original Trailers
  • Fully illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing by Vanessa Morgan, Araceli Molina, Jason Wood and Zoe Beloff, and a reprinted excerpt from Cronenberg on Cronenberg
  • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx

For a full list of all upcoming releases for you to buy to own you can check out our 4K Blu-ray release schedule and DVD and Blu-ray release schedule.


Crash (1996)
Dir: David Cronenberg | Cast: Deborah Kara Unger, Elias Koteas, Holly Hunter, James Spader | Writers: David Cronenberg, J.G. Ballard (novel)

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