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  • Actors: Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson, Urbano Barberini, Daria Nicolodi, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Writers: Dario Argento, Franco Ferrini
  • Producers: Dario Argento, Ferdinando Caputo, Mario Cecchi Gori, Vittorio Cecchi Gori
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: eOne Films
  • Release Date: Sept. 25 2007
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S0GYRK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #27,518 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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After watching Dario Argento's 1987 film "Opera," I have moved into the final phases of seeing his entire body of work. It was easy to claim ignorance of many of this Italian director's films until a few years ago because it was difficult to find them anywhere, let alone in an uncut form. Fortunately, DVD arrived on the scene and eager film fans with dollars to spend inspired numerous companies to start churning out any movie they could get their hands on. It wasn't too long before practically every Argento film arrived on store shelves, many of them in uncut, unrated formats. Unfortunately, most viewers have likely never heard of Dario Argento. These days, more people know about the director's beautiful daughter Asia than the horror maestro himself. What a shame. Argento's films, at least the ones I have seen, are masterpieces of style injected with truly cringe inducing violence. For a few years in the 1980s and 1990s, Argento drifted away from his tried and true giallo formula, only recently returning to some semblance of form with "The Stendhal Syndrome" and "Sleepless." "Opera" is one of the films bridging the gap between films like "Phenomena" and his later giallo efforts.
Betty (Cristina Marsillach) is an understudy who must step onto the stage after an accident leaves the opera's star in the hospital. The theater is staging a version of Verdi's "MacBeth," an opera often considered by artistic types to carry a curse for those who work on it. Despite these concerns, Betty knocks 'em dead on her first night in the lead role. Theatergoers laud her performance, as does the director Marco (Ian Charleson), since she overcame several obstacles.
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By Stanley Runk on March 8 2004
Format: DVD
Dario took a short leave of absence after Phenomena(which wasn't met with the best reviews, but what do reviewers know?), and helped Lamberto Bava with his Demons films. He returned with a vengence with Opera. He abandoned the supernatural element of his previous three films and went back to his "giallo" formula. The plot is far from being original(you can only do so much with these "giallo" plotlines), but Argento is able to make it interesting nonetheless coz....he's Argento. You can make a movie about anything and make it interesting if you present it correctly. Argento is certainly a master of presentation. There is no one who can film a murder scene like him. He makes it into a bizarre art form. Even if it's just your average stabbing, it's far from average in Argento's hands. If you happen to like Argento's work, then it would be a sin not to see this one coz it's definitely one of his best. Pay no attention to those idiot reviewers behind the curtain who review Argento films and bash them when they don't like Dario to begin with. I don't go reviewing Gus Vant Sant films. And bring me the head of Zack Snyder!
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Argento is often praised for his lavish cinematography and the inventive staging of graphic murders, obviously his main interest. While I certainly agree with the former I don't agree with the latter, actually many of his cinematic murders are quite ugly and clumsy, but that's not the case with Opera. The title suits the style of the movie well, it's pompous and showy and the "Peep-hole Murder" could be the most well-crafted murder scene this side of Psycho, certainly Argento's finest moment since Suspiria (1977). The story is as usual quite absurd, but we've come to expect that from an Argento-flick. Reasonable continuity and minimum sense are apparently too much to ask from him or else he just doesn't care, which would be rather strange, since his genre is the Giallo - detective-stories are usually based on precision. The allegorical voyeurism is handled quite well, but the main attraction is of course the visuals and Argento is more mannered than ever, displaying his various fetishes and phoebias with a lot of devotion and style. This is perhaps his most visually striking work since Suspiria.
The ending is disastrous.
The DVD looks great.
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By O. B. Tryggvason on Jan. 12 2004
Format: DVD
The first Argento film I ever saw. Viewed it twice now and the second time around I enjoyed it more. It seems like you have to digest Argento's films properly before you make up your mind.
On the upside there are lots of crazy visuals here and they are mostly brilliant. The camera seems to be all over the place and you get dizzy watching some scenes. As with the murder scenes, they are also brilliant (one in particular, I won't spoil this one).
On the downside it's got horribly uneven perfomances from the actors. Christina Marsillach is just plain bad, as is Daria Nicolodi. Normally you don't expect good performances from the actors in Dario's films but these two are really too much. Ian Charleson is very good however, playing a horror film director turned opera director. The music is weird and fits well in some places and not so well in others. The story is implausible at best, this is mostly a visual experience. Plus the ending is a bit of a letdown.
All in all a mixed bag from the italian horror maestro. Worth a look to be sure, but in my opinon not nearly his best. But then again I've only seen it twice.
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