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  • Actors: James Spader, Holly Hunter
  • Directors: David Cronenberg
  • Language: English, French
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NC-17
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars 141 customer reviews
  • ASIN: 6305161968
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #38,512 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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Spader stars as james ballard a bored film director who explores new realms after a near-fatal car accident introduces him to a world of sexually obsessed car crash enthusiasts. Also r rated 90 minutes. Studio: New Line Home Video Release Date: 11/17/1998 Starring: James Spader Holly Hunter Run time: 100 minutes Rating: Nc17 Director: David Cronenberg

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Soon after a head on car crash James Ballard (Spader) is introduced to a world of fetishists who find arousal in mixing raw sexuality, the mangling of human bodies, and the twisted steel of a fresh auto accident. Their fetish soon becomes a suicidal obsession with death and the ultimate pleasure.
Based on the novel by J. G. Ballard, Crash was one of most controversial movies of the 1990's. Exploring the psyche of those who extract pleasure through risk and eroticism through automobile accidents. James and Catherine Ballard are a married couple whose sex life has been reduced to recounting tales of mutual infidelity to turn each other on. James is eventually involved in a car accident that leaves one man dead. After his long rehab he meets the other survivor of the crash Helen (Hunter). They soon realize that the accident was the biggest turn on of their lives. Helen introduces James to a group, led by Vaughn (Koteas) who share in their fetish. To up the ante the group engage in more and more dangerous accidents to heighten their own arousal.  
Anyone familiar with director David Cronenberg's work should know what to expect from this movie, only here it seems that Cronenberg has license to go as far as possible with the message he was trying to get across about the human animal and our twisted psyche when it comes to what we find erotic. His experiment with Crash was met with much controversy at the time of it's initial release in 1996. While many will find the film repulsive and/or sick, I happen to find it a rather genius character study. A film that succeeds in challenging the viewer by showing them a different side of the human spirit and hopefully pointing out their own sick little perversions.
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No, there are no limits to human stupidity. I don't know where to begin...Crash opens up like an after-dark Cinemax movie (which made me cringe). However it foreshadows the promise of a strange sensuality between metal and skin, something that James Ballard and Remington slowly find it as a kindling to stir up actual emotions to their boring, orgasm-less sex lives. Ballard meets Vaughan (played by Koteas) and he descends into the strange, twisted and druggie like world of Crash. Koteas is the real star of the movie here...James Spader and Holly Hunter merely serve as vehicles of boredom and a sense of being lost, finally finding what's missing in the oddest of places, while Koteas really drives the point across, really gives you an idea of what this underworld is like. He's slimy, creepy and insane, yet plausible.
This movie is not for everyone. There are a heavy amount of explicit sex scenes--and I only use the word explicit when I mean explicit. These scenes aren't porn. You watch these scenes, and they add to the mood. They add to a creepy, dirty feeling that's set on you from the beginning of the movie. And that's where Crash takes the underworld. These scenes are done to enforce the mood. It's eerie. If there's one bad thing to say about Crash is that you'll go through over an hour and a half without hardly cracking a smile...and if you do, it's probably because the movie feels so good at parts that you just can't help yourself. This movie is far, far, far away from being trash. Everyone has their own opinion. Some opinions are just plain wrong.
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As with most Cronenberg films, they start off innocently enough. And plummet into the surreal in a metaphoric way. And for the most part, his works are derived from semi-realistic or urban myths which have neither been disclosed or denied by military, medical, or scientific establishments. Be it Scanners, Naked Lunch, The Fly Videodrome, etc. - there is a source and/or foundation which those stories emanate from. Crash is totally out of no where, and hits you like a ton of bricks. All I could attribute as the possible motivation is that David had a warped dream about 'auto-eroticism' and took it to the ultimate. Yet, it goes well beyond a sophomoric joke, and explores modern humanity and urban influences in a brutally honest way. Even in this day of age with 'reality TV' and internet porn and texting one another ad nauseum, they only subdue our true fascinations and idolization's of the sensational deaths of renowned celebrities and politicians. Be it James Dean, or Kurt Cobain. JFK to the Columbia shuttle disaster. There's a sick moment in all of us to wonder what that moment of imminent death felt like. Regardless of the fame, notoriety, physical or mental disorders, or conspiracy behind it. Just a person in that final moment of bliss before they expire.
Now with that said, I hate to say James Spader and Holly Hunter are wasted talents in this 'vehicle'. But it's Elias Koteas performance as 'Vaughn' that's the true impact. But somehow the movie is very disjointed as to how the characters know him, accept him, and don't question him at all. He knows all their dirty little secrets, and he in turn is their dirty little secret. A Charlie Manson that goes WAY over the line. Cheap thrills for some unforgettable bliss. A joy ride that can only go in one direction. Faster, and faster.
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