Dario Argento: Opera

Dario Argento: Opera

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Director: Dario Argento

Cast: Christina Marsillach, Urbano Barberini, Daria Nicolodi

     
 

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Italian horror master Dario Argento's Opera comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both DTS ES 6.1 and DD-EX Surround. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include an in-depth half-hour documentary concerning…  See more details below

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Italian horror master Dario Argento's Opera comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. Closed-captioned English soundtracks are rendered in both DTS ES 6.1 and DD-EX Surround. There are no subtitles on this release. Supplemental materials include an in-depth half-hour documentary concerning the making of the film, theatrical trailers, a music video, and a biography of Argento. A second disc included in the package is a CD that contains the original soundtrack. Fans of Argento's unique style should savor this well-produced disc, while those looking to learn something about the man's work may want to consider starting here.

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Italian horror director Dario Argento's shocker Opera features a strong display of the filmmaker's signature styles in terms of inventive visuals and fantastic murder set pieces, but the film lacks the story cohesion it needs to fall into the category of his classic genre films. Inspired by Phantom of the Opera (which Argento remade in 1999), Opera tells the story of a young understudy (Christina Marsillach) who gets her chance to sing thanks to a deranged madman whose connection to the singer doesn't become clear until the ending. In the meantime, he torments her in a most devious way -- by taping needles under her eyes so that she is forced to witness his excruciating murders. For gore fans, these sequences mark the film's finest moments. These include a brutal stabbing in which the victim is hacked in the throat and hands, a gut-wrenching tracheotomy, and a shot of the killer having his eye plucked out by a crow. The showstopper is a close-up of a bullet being fired through a door peephole and into Daria Nicolodi's head. The excellent special makeup effects by Sergio Stivaletti are complemented by a high-voltage selection of heavy metal tunes (an Argento signature) and a great score that features contributions by Claudio Simonetti and former Rolling Stone Bill Wyman. The screenplay by Argento and Franco Ferrini starts with a good premise and an intriguing setting (the opera). However, the characters are rather one-dimensional (not to mention poorly acted) and the story's "surprise" revelation is less than spectacular. On the plus side, the film features one final shock sequence that ends things on a bizarre and disturbing note. Overall, the final result is a decent, fairly typical Argento film that is worth watching primarily for its above-average murder sequences.

Product Details

Release Date:
09/11/2001
UPC:
0013131185492
Original Release:
1987
Rating:
NR
Source:
Starz / Anchor Bay
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround, Dolby Digital Surround EX]
Time:
1:47:00

Special Features

Disc One: Widescreen presentation enhanced for 16x9 TVs; Conducting Dario Argento's Opera, an all-new documentary featuring interviews with Dario Argento, Ronnie Taylor, Sergio Stivaletti, Claudio Simonetti, Daria Nicolodi, and Urbano Barberini; theatrical trailers; Daemonia music video. Disc Two: Original Claudio Simonetti sountrack CD.

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Christina Marsillach Betty
Urbano Barberini Insp. Alan Santini
Daria Nicolodi Mira
Ian Charleson Marco
Antonella Vitale Actor
William McNamara Stefan,Urbano
Barbara Cupisti Actor
Mirella D'Angelo Actor
Maurizio Garrone Actor
Gyorsy Rath Gyorivanku Actor
Peter Pitsch Actor
Sebastiano Somma Actor
Carola Stagnaro Actor
Michelle Torres Actor
Karl Zinny Actor
Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni Giulia
Francesca Cassola Alma

Technical Credits
Dario Argento Director,Producer,Screenwriter
David Bassan Art Director
Brian Eno Score Composer
Franco Ferrini Screenwriter
Franco Fraticelli Editor
Mario Cecchi Gori Producer
Vittorio Cecchi Gori Producer
Germano Natali Special Effects
Rosario Prestopino Makeup
Claudio Simonetti Score Composer
Ronnie Taylor Cinematographer

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Film
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Main Titles [3:14]
2. The Ingenue [5:01]
3. Ominous Overture [3:30]
4. Command Performance [5:09]
5. Rising Star [5:11]
6. Beauty And The Blade [1:43]
7. Cries Of The Ravens [4:27]
8. Witness To Slaughter [4:57]
9. Lost In The Storm [3:12]
10. Strangers In The Hall [4:19]
11. "Don'T Cry, Betty" [2:51]
12. Suspicion [4:52]
13. Costume Repair [3:45]
14. Shear Horror [5:31]
15. "He Makes Me Watch" [5:02]
16. Lights Out [4:02]
17. Peephole [2:52]
18. Self-Defense [3:18]
19. In The Air Vents [4:19]
20. No Escape [3:25]
21. What Dreams May Come... [2:13]
22. Aria Of Terror [1:23]
23. "Just Like Your Mother" [:57]
24. Inferno [3:13]
25. "Run, For God'S Sake!" [3:40]
26. Free [4:25]
27. End Credits [4:37]

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