CERTIFICATE 12 - ART HOUSE CINEMA The first two feature films by David Cronenberg finally on dvd - David Cronenberg was still a student when he wrote, directed and produced his first feature film in 1969, 'Stereo', followed by his second independent production 'Crimes of the Future' in 1970. Although he studied English Literature, Cronenberg was highly fascinated by bizarre illnesses, outrageous medical and psychological experiments and the dark side of the human psyche. Those themes not only recur in his later, better known horrormovies, such as 'Shivers', 'Dead Ringers' and 'The Fly', but also more subtle in his latest masterpiece 'A History of Violence'. Stereo- At the Canadian Academy for Erotic Enquiry seven young adults are administered experimental forms of brain surgery, aphrodisiacs, various drugs and isolated from each other in order to provoke an inherent polymorphous perversity . The experiment ends in violence and with two suicides... Crimes of the Future- The Future. Millions of post-pubertal females have died from Rouge s Malady a disease caused by cosmetics and discovered by mad dermatologist Antoine Rouge, who subsequently disappeared. His loyal disciple Adrian Tripod meets an old colleague at the Institute of Neo-Venereal Disease, whose body is producing mysterious, functionless new organs. Later on Tripod is chosen by a group of heterosexual paedophiles to impregnate a young girl, but hesitates in front of her, sensing the presence of Antoine Rouge... David Cronenberg wrote, directed and produced his first two films entirely by himself on 35mm. This sublime restored original prints provide a fascinating film experience which makes us look at Cronenbergs work in a new way. The trance-inducing soundtrack as well as the magnificent voice overs perfectly fit the surrealistic imagery of this acclaimed Canadian director. This exquisitely designed dvd with a 16-page booklet and poster in the Reel23-series contains the restored versions of these two seldom screened film classics.