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.