Dario Argentos Deep Red

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Overview

The film that has become the master work in Italian horror maestro Dario Argento's canon, Deep Red holds up brilliantly despite the plethora of copycat slasher films it inspired in the years to follow. The film opens with a flashback murder shown from the perspective of a child while an eerie nursery rhyme plays. Cut to the present, pianist Marc Daly David Hemmings witnesses the murder of a psychic while chatting with his drunken pal, Carlo Gabriele Lavia. While the police investigate, Marc joins forces with ...
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Overview

The film that has become the master work in Italian horror maestro Dario Argento's canon, Deep Red holds up brilliantly despite the plethora of copycat slasher films it inspired in the years to follow. The film opens with a flashback murder shown from the perspective of a child while an eerie nursery rhyme plays. Cut to the present, pianist Marc Daly David Hemmings witnesses the murder of a psychic while chatting with his drunken pal, Carlo Gabriele Lavia. While the police investigate, Marc joins forces with attractive reporter Gianna Daria Nicolodi. Once Marc realizes that he is a target for the killer, he seeks help from Giordani Glauco Mauri, a professor of the paranormal, who soon becomes one of the killer's victims. Marc's research leads him to an abandoned house where he discovers a secret room that hides a corpse. Before he can call the cops, he is knocked out and awakens to find the place in flames while Gianna holds him. Racing to the neighbors to call for help, Marc discovers an important clue that leads him to a nearby school where he finally finds the killer's identity. The madman attacks him, but the police arrive to save Marc. Though the case appears to be solved, Marc comes to the disturbing realization that one piece of the puzzle remains. ~ Patrick Legare
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Special Features

Interviews with co-writer/director Dario Argento, co-writer Bernardino Zapponi and Goblin (Claudio Simonetti, Massimo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli & Agostino Marangolo); Italian theatrical trailer; U.S. theatrical trailer; Talent bios
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Amy Robinson
Considered by many to be horror auteur Dario Argento's finest film, Deep Red is a suprisingly complex and stunningly photographed giallo that deserves prominent display on every horror fan's shelf. After a psychic Macha Meril "sees" a killer's past crimes during a lecture, she is mysteriously murdered. As the unfortunate witness to her death, a musician David Hemmings doesn't fully understand what he saw and soon becomes dangerously obsessed with uncovering the truth. Argento's recurring interest in the unreliability of vision and memory are used to maximum effect, as characters repeatedly fail to recognize vital visual and aural clues. Similarly, Argento's characters choose to or fail to connect with others on a personal level, creating both isolation and a vulnerability to the inevitable, massively bloody murder sequence. As any fan would expect from Argento, Deep Red possesses a pulsating rhythm, striking color, and lyrical camera work. Perhaps more subtly but equally intriguing are the film's distinctively differentiated sets, which provide crucial information about those who occupy them. Anchor Bay's DVD release proves to be the definitive director's cut, providing Argento fans with a palatable video version of this cult and mainstream horror classic.
All Movie Guide
Finally available in a fully uncut version, Dario Argento's Deep Red is a first-rate slasher film and one that would be an inspiration in style, direction, and music for such later films as Halloween and Friday the 13th. As with most of Argento's pictures, the murder sequences prove to be the highlight of Deep Red, but the script for this one is significantly stronger and the actors much better. As John Carpenter later did in Halloween, Argento keeps the body count to a minimum, but more than makes up for the low number by heaping on the style. Each of the murders is perfectly choreographed with particular praise going to Glauco Mauri's killing. In the scene, Mauri stands in his living room holding a knife, awaiting the killer he knows is there. Instead, a menacing puppet comes through a doorway at the shocked man, and that's when the killer strikes, smashing the man's face into several sharp corners before finishing him off with a knife. Another strong image is that of a victim being dispatched by drowning in scalding water (a scene that inspired a similar murder in Halloween II). The cast, led by David Hemmings and Argento regular Daria Nicolodi (who has two children with the director), is very strong, and features some exceptional background characters such as a little girl who likes spearing lizards. Technically, the film is another example of Argento's expertise with cameras, special effects, and sound effects. The director's use of widescreen lensing is exceptional and the film should never be watched unless letterboxed. The final reel wraps the film up in a thrilling manner and features two extremely graphic deaths that leave the viewer stunned as the credits roll. The newly restored version is nearly 30 minutes longer than the previous American tape, but much of the footage is playful dialogue between Hemmings and Nicolodi that only slows the picture down.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 2/27/2007
  • UPC: 827058107099
  • Original Release: 1975
  • Source: Blue Underground
  • Region Code: 0
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Subtitled
  • Time: 2:06:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 35,375

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
David Hemmings Marcus Day
Daria Nicolodi Gianna
Gabriele Lavia Carlo
Clara Calamai Marta
Macha Meril Helga
Glauco Mauri Giordani
Eros Pagni Calcabrini
Giuliana Calandra Amanda
Liana DelBalzo
Dante Fioretti
Geraldine Hooper
Furio Meniconi
Fulvio Mingozzi
Lorenzo Piani
Salvatore Puntillo
Piero Vida
Nicoletta Elmi Girl
Vittorio Fanfoni
Technical Credits
Dario Argento Director, Screenwriter
Salvatore Argento Producer
Claudio Argento Executive Producer, Producer
Giuseppe Bassan Production Designer, Screenwriter
Franco Fraticelli Editor
Giorgio Gaslini Score Composer
Goblin Score Composer
Luigi Kuveiller Cinematographer
Elena Mannini Costumes/Costume Designer
Germano Natali Special Effects
Carlo Rambaldi Special Effects
Ubaldo Terzano Camera Operator
Bernardino Zapponi Screenwriter
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Deep Red
1. Program Start/Main Titles [2:00]
2. Rehearsal [1:06]
3. Evil Thoughts [9:24]
4. Murder [1:48]
5. Eyewitness [5:36]
6. Crime Scene [2:29]
7. Gianna [4:35]
8. The Funeral [2:58]
9. Rough Ride [3:19]
10. The Weaker Sex [5:32]
11. Carlo's Mother [2:03]
12. Ricci's Place [3:20]
13. Obsession [3:07]
14. Voice Behind the Door [5:26]
15. The Song [2:12]
16. The Library [3:25]
17. Hot Water [6:54]
18. Too Late [5:09]
19. The Search [2:34]
20. Closing In [2:05]
21. Last Words [4:32]
22. House of Ghosts [6:09]
23. Dark Discovery [5:33]
24. Blade in the Neck [6:49]
25. Missing Window [6:49]
26. Up in Flames [2:50]
27. Night Class [6:52]
28. Cornered [2:33]
29. Death Ride [1:16]
30. Face in the Painting [3:39]
31. Crescendo [2:11]
32. End Credits [2:01]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Deep Red
   Chapter Selections
   Extras
      Trailers
         Theatrical Trailer
         Profondo Rosso Trailer (With English Subtitles)
         Profondo Rosso Trailer (With No Subtitles)
      Talent Bios
         David Hemmings - Star
         Daria Nicolodi - Star
         Dario Argento - Director
         Goblin - Composer
         Claudio Argento - Producer
         Bernardino Zapponi - Writer
      Featurette: 25th Anniversary (With English Subtitles)
      Featurette: 25th Anniversary (With No Subtitles)
   Audio Setup/Subtitles
      English Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
      English Audio: Dolby Surround 2.0
      Italian Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
      Italian Audio: Dolby Surround 2.0
      English Subtitles: On
      English Subtitles: Off
   Play
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