Suspiria (Widescreen) (Bilingual) [Import]
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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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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.
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.
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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Of Dario Argento, I learned many movies he made or collaborated on. "Once upon a Time in the West", "Suspiria", "Phenomena", and the video game "Dead... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Omnes
Is this a joke? I watched this movie after seeing all these rave reviews about the movie. It is terrible. Terrible!!! Script is abysmal. Acting is horrible. A girl goes to school. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Dogbury
I love this movie but unfortunately the disc will not play on any bluray in Canada. Too bad...it is one of my favorite horror films.Published 22 months ago by W McMaster
I wanted an occult thriller - this isn't that. If you want a very old-fashioned banal horror movie, this will be great for a laugh. Read morePublished on Nov. 21 2013 by Steve Dent
I bought this film and was terribly dissapointed. This film was so dated. It was not creepy, nor scary, actually it was quite amusing to watch. The acting was so bad. Read morePublished on Aug. 8 2013 by BLAK N BLU
I got my package quite late, a week later than I was supposed to. Also,m due to lame packaging the dvd was squished and one of the discs was loose inside the new dvd, that was... Read morePublished on May 19 2013 by Steve Whalls
I bought this on the advice of a friend who collects this genre and he said it was a "must have".
First of all, except for one scene near the end of the flick there was... Read more
Watching the American trailer to this made me laugh especially when the background speaker whispers the title to this film. For all I can see this film is not about plot... Read morePublished on Oct. 26 2007 by Jenny
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