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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: #70,503 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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By A Customer on Aug. 30 2002
Format: DVD
Suspiria definitely grew on me since I didn't like it after the first viewing. After a second and third time though, I came around because I realized just how influential this film must have been. You can watch movies like Suspiria and Phantasm and think about all the other movies that were influenced by these early genre films. I went into Suspiria thinking the actors would be speaking Italian with English subtext. Much to my surprise, everyone speaks English, or badly-dubbed English. I also thought they would show the killer but then I realized this movie is like Argento's other films where all you see of the killer is an arm and a black glove. In the giallo style, nobody knows who the identity of the person is until later in the story. Sure, the movie has its share of bad acting and dialogue, but what can you do. In my opinion, it's certainly much better than some of Argento's other movies like Phenomena.
I picked up this DVD after reading the rave reviews all over the internet. AMAZING! This is some of the best restoration I've ever seen, the picture is sharp and the colors are very intense. The sound is remastered, but also limited to the fidelity of the original recording. This gives the movie somewhat of a tinny hollow sound, but the good part is that it makes use of the surrounds for the score and for the loud rainstorm at the beginning. Hearing the creepy Goblin score in all channels really makes this movie even more effective. I would recommend this movie as a rental first to see if you like it. If you do, then this DVD is a must-have.
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By A Customer on Aug. 13 2002
Format: DVD
There's just something about this movie that causes you to focus:-
[a] On the footwear - especially Jessica Harper's towering and totterting moments in the rain at the Airport; and
[b] Alida Valli's 'sensible clogs' - they rival the Lotte Lenya mules in 'From Russia with Love'.
[c] NOW about the hair - was the Oldman "Dracula" inspired by Valli's hair???
Then there's the pristine dental work - - - one has to behold that too!
However, this little GEM of a Thriller [Slasher? What Exactly Is it? It IS one of the best examples of a Collector's Series, all one ever wished to know about "Suspiria" is here!] It probably went on to inspire the look of "Diva", "TiTus", "Miami Vice" {?} AND was probably inspired by "Vertigo" - so similar in visual concept .... a subtle homage?
It's a noisy, atmospheric and almost irritating little [?] work and still is very, very effective after 25 years? Oh yes, and will continue to amaze and somewhat confuse everybody.
Color choices are superior - especially the day-glo blood, and nothing quite surpasses that original first homicide, except maybe the barbed-wire sequence ...... Very quriky and odd and totally original - just think what director DARIO ARGENTO could do if unleashed in Hollywood!
Miss Harper [rarely seen today - currently in "Minority Report"] is perfect as the innocent abroad, the Great Valli suitably terrorises as the 'assistant' to Joan Bennett's quaint Madame Blanc ..... nasty work afoot along the lines of the original "Fall of the House of Usher" complete with airborne drapes .... make sense? Not really, it's more of a totally visual [and sonic] experience.
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By A Customer on Aug. 6 2002
Format: DVD
Having seen reviewers that compared Dario Argento to Alfred Hitchcock and Kafka, I rented "Suspiria" and settled down for what I hoped would be a great movie experience. Having watched it twice now, I'm STILL not sure what to think of it!!!
Hmmm...I think that if Dario Argento purposefully wanted to focus more attention on psychological terror, and less on story, I think he should have gone ALL the way with it. It's a stylish, freaky film, but there are STILL boring moments of exposition and plot (I mean, really, who cares about the dance school?!). I thought that the first 10 minutes or so of the movie were fantastic...from the atmospheric shots in the airport, the cab ride in the rain, to the first couple of murders, all accompanied by that insane music...absolutely ground-breaking and great. But then after that, it all slows down. There's the silly dressing-room scene ("people with names that begin with 's' are really snakes"), the dance practice scenes, the getting-to-know-the-staff scenes, etc. Pretty boring.
Either make the plot better, or GO FOR IT, and abandon plot exposition entirely. Go all the way with the surrealism, or learn how to write a better script and story. That's my view.
But I should say that I'm intrigued now, not only by this film, but by all the hype that surrounds Argento, his movies, and even his daughter. Looking at reviews for his other "masterpieces," I see frequent disclaimers about his convoluted and poorly executed plots, but he's still called the "Lovecraft of horror films." I saw his "Phantom of the Opera" and was shocked at how ridiculously HORRIBLE it was. I mean, really pathetic. I haven't seen "Deep Red" or "Inferno" yet, but they've GOT to be better than that!
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