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Suspiria [Import]

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  • Actors: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé, Barbara Magnolfi
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Writers: Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Thomas De Quincey
  • Producers: Claudio Argento, Salvatore Argento
  • Format: Anamorphic, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DVD-Video, Limited Edition, THX, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles: Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Release Date: Sept. 11 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 275 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B00005LQ04
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Suspiria (Three Disc Limited Ed

Outside of devoted cult audiences, many Americans have yet to discover the extremely stylish, relentlessly terrifying Italian horror genre, or the films of its talented virtuoso, Dario Argento. Suspiria, part one of a still-uncompleted trilogy (the luminously empty Inferno was the second), is considered his masterpiece by Argento devotees but also doubles as a perfect starting point for those unfamiliar with the director or his genre. The convoluted plot follows an American dancer (Jessica Harper) from her arrival at a European ballet school to her discovery that it's actually a witches coven; but, really, don't worry about that too much. Argento makes narrative subservient to technique, preferring instead to assault the senses and nervous system with mood, atmosphere, illusory gore, garish set production, a menacing camera, and perhaps the creepiest score ever created for a movie. It's essentially a series of effectively unsettling set pieces--a raging storm that Harper should have taken for an omen, and a blind man attacked by his own dog are just two examples--strung together on a skeleton structure. But once you've seen it, you'll never forget it. --Dave McCoy --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Most of you probably already know whether or not you want to own this flick. So i'm just going to offer a few words of advice: DON'T WATCH IT ON A PLAYSTATION 2!!! About 4 minutes and 10 seconds into chapter 6 the screen will turn green and digitized and remain that way until you either eject the disc or hit "reset." Ironically, the film is psychedelic enough without the inclusion of this odd glitch. I have tried two copies of the disc on the machine and both suffered from the same problem. If you fast forward through the 4 minute 10 second mark in chapter 6 you will be able to bypass the problem, however.
Other than that, this hallucinatory and dreamlike film is quite cool, but definitely not for everyone. Mainstream audiences (don't expect anything resembling "Scream") will probably be put off by glaring displays of illogic and a lack of concrete explanations for everything that transpires in the film. What you can expect is a trippy rollercoaster ride through a colorful funhouse of various shocks.
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Dario Argento clearly originates from the Hitchcockian school of suspense. In typical Argento fashion the characters and plot are all but ignored in his effort but it seems difficult to imagine why his films seem of such high quality. There is not a better director with regards to camera angles and lighting that I have ever seen, it is no wonder he writes all of his own screenplays. His films do not need dialogue or deep character development because it simply isn't what he sets out to do. Argento intrigues you and allows you to trust a film and then is willing to completely shift it's direction just to scare you. The plush colors and impossible camera angles that consistently make you wonder how the hell he got up there to get that incredible shot are what make Argento's films great and clearly his own.
Susperia is Argento's masterwork. Albeit, Tenabrae and Inferno are also both done very well, this is one of the greatest horror films ever made and not enough people have seen it. Argento's style is accentuated in this film and he is free to do whatever he wants visually because of the broad script he works with here. The film is like any nightmare you have had that sticks with you for most of the day. I have no question that may be where Argento gets some of his bizarre ideas. The beginning of the film simply shows a girl walking through a thunder shower and the way the scene is filmed and the music is placed makes you realize just how good Argento is at creating suspense in a scene that would normally be filmed with far less attention. Another thing that makes Susperia a great horror movie is the soundtrack, a soundtrack in which I would argue is more frightening than both Halloween and The Omen. I highly recommend this movie to anyone who loves great horror (there are few great films in that genre), although Argento's style is often difficult to appreciate at first to those accustomed to conventional film work.
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I first discovered "Suspiria" on French TV ; I loved it, and although it was not my Argento's favorite, I decided to purchase this limited-edition (mainly because it included the soundtrack... How splendid...). I made a good choice, because when first watched it, I was stunned : I was discovering a totally new movie ! The transfer is -- let's say the word -- a masterpiece, and the beautiful rendition of the colour effects and camera work are fantastic, almost a miracle ! But most af all, this version is uncensored. I thought French version was complete (which was the case for "Deep red", for instance) ! How naïve ! All the killings were partially cut ; believe me, for those who knew what can now be called "the old version", the end of the first murder is an astounding and perverse surprise ! To conclude, I'd congratulate Anchor Bay for their great work and their respectfull and delicate treatment of that cult movie. The extras are great, and the box set also contains stills... I love stills... Don't miss this one, you could be very sad...
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An young american dancer (Jessica Harper) got accepted in the most Famous School of Ballet in Rome. When she arrives in Rome, everything in her life is about to Change. When she sees, a scared young woman, who was later Murder by a mysterious Person. Then it`s goes down-hill from there until she nears strange noises and is troubled by a Bizarre Occurrences. She discovers that the School is merely on the front of the problem and she`s in is more far inexplained sinsiter events from the Unseen Organisation.
Directed by Dario Argento (Deep Red, Phenomena, Opera) gives an terrific entertaining film, which the director`s best movie. Written by Argento and Daria Nicolodi brings an Scary Dark edge to the film, also thanks by a Perfect Cinematography by Luciano Tovoli (Single White Female) and Moody Excellent Score by the Golbins (Dawn of the Dead). This 3-Disc Set is Great, it`s has an strong anamorphic Widescreen (2.35:1) transfer and an surprising excellent digitally remastered soundtrack on the DTS 6.1 Expanded Surround Sound and the Dolby Digital 5.1 Expanded Surround Sound. The DVD has Music Videos, Trailers, Bios, Interview, An Documentary, Hidden Feautre, An CD Soundtrack and More. This is Argento`s Dark Masterpiece, which is Unique and Brilliant in it`s own way. This Film is Digitally Remastered in THX for Picture Quality and Sound. Don`t miss this Instant Cult Classic. Technovision. Grade:A.
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