- 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:
- Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
- Release Date: Sept. 11 2001
- Run Time: 92 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 283 customer reviews
- ASIN: B00005LQ04
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The stupid thing is, firstly, why put some of the extras on the disc using the Blu-Ray format (and these aren't even upgraded to HD quality, just SD transferred to the Blu-Ray format) and secondly, why, in this day and age, are most Blu-Ray players still not capable of playing both the NTSC and PAL formats???
Okay, so the plus side is that the movie itself is taken from a 4K scan, but apparently there where two different 4K scans done of which the north American Blu-Ray (you know, the one now out of print, and selling for like, $400+) utilized the first 4K scan, and the UMBRELLA Blu-Ray utilized the second, and since I haven't got the North American Blu-Ray, I can't compare the two, but the UMBRELLA Blu-Ray does look very impressive, with vibrant, non-bleeding colours, amazing picture clarity and the choice of English or Italian language sound tracks (I only have a stereo set up and not a complicated surround sound set up for my TV, so I couldn't tell you if it's mono, two or six channel sound, but it sounded good on my system, and keep in mind that this was filmed in the 70's and all of the voices were dubbed in studio, as was the practice in Italian cinema, to not bother recording sound while filming and then added the voices in the studio at a later date, and most times done by different actors).
So if you're wanting to see this film in all of it's Technicolor gory, and don't want to pay for the out of print, North American Blu-Ray, then the UMBRELLA Blu-Ray is the way to go, and remember, it's NOT region "B" locked but IS, ALL Region as far as the movie and some of the extras are concerned.
Oh, and if you have an LG Blu-Ray player then chances are that you'll be able to watch all of the extras on the UMBRELLA Blu-Ray, as it seems to be the ONLY Blu-Ray player to play both the NTSC and PAL formats, as well as Pioneer and some cheapy Blu-Ray players may play both formats.
Hope this helps :)
About the Synapse Limited Edition: the 4K restoration is truly amazing. The movie doesn't look like it was made 40 years age, the pictures are so bright and clear. It's way better than the DVD version I owned. I don't have any other blu ray edition to compare with, but I truly doubt any version can look better than this one. It came with one blu ray for the film, one blu ray for the extras (there are plenty of them) and one CD OST of the film. The steelbook is very beautiful with great artwork on the front and the back with a slipcase. Also, there is a booklet with informations mostly about the cinematography and restoration.
I'm very happy with my purchase. The price in Amazon is exaggerated and you can find a better price elsewhere.
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The music and dark atmosphere make this film a unique piece of art!
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