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Suspiria (Widescreen)

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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, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, DVD-Video, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English, French, Italian
  • Subtitles: English, French, 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: 1
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Release Date: Oct. 1 2002
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (275 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ASOI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #31,265 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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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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3.9 out of 5 stars

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Format: DVD
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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The idea of a ballet school hiding a coven of witches sounds like rich fodder for an atmospheric horror film (I imagined it as a cross between Rosemary's Baby and Don't Look Now), but Suspiria is a terrible movie. I admit that some of the imagery is moderately unsettling, and the first twenty minutes had me alarmed, but Dario Argento wastes all his energy on gaudy, day-glow sets (not at all frightening, just tacky) and loopy, labored death sequences that are never effective. The excessive, fake-ish gore is neither harrowing nor gleefully exuberant, it's just tedious and stupid. The plot is incoherent, and not in a good way--I have no problem with movies that follow dream logic or sacrifice common sense for cinematic effect, but this one is just a cluttered, sloppy mess that stumbles forward in fits and starts. The terrible dubbing was irritating; I don't know whether there were multiple dialogue tracks recorded for this film but the one presented on this DVD is awful. I like Jessica Harper very much, but she's wasted (except for the googly eyes, which are put to good effect). Lots of potential in the premise, but terribly executed; all of Argento's over-the-top-and-off-the-cliff pyrotechnics are just distracting, not scary. The final sequence is hysterically funny, an orgy of cheap gross-out horror effects that doesn't make any sense or build upon the "story" up to that point. And then that's it--it just ends. Avoid.
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