Dario Argento's Tenebrae

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Anchor Bay strikes again with the first ever uncensored stateside release of Dario Argento's pivotal 1982 thriller Tenebre. From the moment the attractive (and sometimes frightening) title menu appears, it's obvious that Anchor Bay has put considerable time and thought into giving the film the best presentation possible. They have succeeded admirably. Letterboxed at 1.85:1, the nearly 20-year old film looks better than ever. Sharp and vivid, the image complements Argento and director of photography Luciano ...
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Anchor Bay strikes again with the first ever uncensored stateside release of Dario Argento's pivotal 1982 thriller Tenebre. From the moment the attractive (and sometimes frightening) title menu appears, it's obvious that Anchor Bay has put considerable time and thought into giving the film the best presentation possible. They have succeeded admirably. Letterboxed at 1.85:1, the nearly 20-year old film looks better than ever. Sharp and vivid, the image complements Argento and director of photography Luciano Tovoli's chilly vision, never appearing washed-out or grainy, or displaying any significant artifacting. Though it isn't likely to push your top-of-the-line home theater system into overdrive, the English Dolby Digital remix (audio is also offered in Italian mono) does well in creating atmosphere, delivering shocks, and delivering Goblin's memorable score. With their Dario Argento Collection, Anchor Bay has also striven (with generally successful results) to provide fans of Argento's films with exciting and insightful extras. Argentophiles will delight in the informative audio commentary track in which Argento, along with Goblin Claudio Simonetti and journalist Loris Curci, discusses the film's origins, technical challenges, and curious subtexts. Being that Argento's films are frequently censored before overseas release, it's nice to hear Argento commenting on an unspoiled release (though eagle-eyed fans will note a few missing frames here and there), even offering humorous insight into the butchered over-the-house sequence that Argento fought to keep in the film. Other extra features such as a theatrical trailer, two entertaining behind-the-scenes segments, and alternate end-credits music (which Argento wasn't aware of on initial viewing!) round out Anchor Bay's satisfying presentation of a film that many Argento fans hold in high regard.
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Special Features

Widescreen presentation [1.85:1]; Audio commentary by director Dario Argento, music composer Claudio Simonetti, and journalist Loris Curci; Theatrical trailer; Two behind-the-scenes segments; Alternate end credits music
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One of Dario Argento's best thrillers, this horror film has gone on to cult status due to its shocking, bloody style and twist-filled story. Available in America for many years in only a badly cut version titled Unsane, Tenebre tells the story of an American novelist (Anthony Franciosa) whose P.R. trip to Rome to promote his latest tome becomes tied to a series of slayings. The murders -- slashing, stabbing, axing, and strangling among them -- are extremely graphic, but are enacted in a stylish manner that makes them all the more disturbing. Such startling visuals are the film's finest point, and credit goes to both Argento and cinematographer Luciano Tovoli for this aspect. One particularly strong shot has the killer putting out a bare light bulb by running a razor blade through it. Another great shot (later used on the U.S. video box cover) lingers on a murdered woman who is left with her head dangling through a shattered window pane. Most memorable is a sadistic flashback by the killer in which three youths hold him down while a woman forces her high heel into his mouth. The script is a simple murder-mystery that does a good job of throwing the audience off track and keeping things suspenseful as each potential suspect is knocked off. The film's final reel is easily one of the bloodiest ever made and features a couple of great surprises. Performances are generally dull, but they don't take much away from the film's horror impact. The unmistakable score was performed by members of the group Goblin, who performed under their last names due to legal issues.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/16/1999
  • UPC: 013131072792
  • Original Release: 1982
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen / Dolby 5.1 / Mono
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Language: English, Italiano
  • Time: 1:41:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Anthony Franciosa Peter Neal
John Saxon Bullmer
Daria Nicolodi Anne
Giuliano Gemma Detective Germani
Mirella D'Angelo
Veronica Lario
John Steiner Cristiano Berti
Lara Wendel
Christian Borromeo Gianni
Anja Pieroni
Eva Robin's
Mirella Banti
Carola Stagnaro
Ennio Girolami
Marino Masé
Fulvio Mingozzi
Technical Credits
Dario Argento Director, Original Story, Screenwriter
Salvatore Argento Executive Producer
Claudio Argento Producer
Giuseppe Bassan Art Director, Production Designer
Lamberto Bava Asst. Director
Pierangelo Cicoletti Costumes/Costume Designer
Giovanni Corridori Special Effects
Franco Fraticelli Editor
Maurizio Garrone Set Decoration/Design
Goblin Score Composer
Pier Antonio Mecacci Makeup
Claudio Simonetti Score Composer
Michele Soavi Asst. Director
Luciano Tovoli Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Chapter Selections
1. Start Program/Main Titles [2:09]
2. Carry-On Luggage [3:13]
3. Murder in Roma [6:11]
4. A Bag In Disarray [4:41]
5. Passage From "Tenebre" [5:25]
6. "One hell of a day!|00:04:44|}
7. Chapter 2-Murder [7:03]
8. A Second Message [5:13]
9. "Is that Jane?" [7:09]
10. Doberman [10:37]
11. "Soon 'The Corruptor'" [3:06]
12. Witness To Murder [8:13]
13. Secret Lovers [4:11]
14. Return To The Murder Scene [4:07]
15. The Red Shoes [3:53]
16. Death Of The Eye Witness [5:40]
17. A Call From Jane [3:39]
18. A Tormented Peter Neal [6:47]
19. A Shocking Twist [2:30]
20. End Credits [1:45]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Extras
      Trailer
      Commentary
      Talent Bios
         Dario Argento-Director
         Claudio Argento-Producer
         Claudio Simonetti-Music Composer
         Anthony Franciosa
         John Saxon
         Daria Nicolodi
         Giuliano Gemma
         Eva Robins
      Behind-The-Scenes
      Alternative End Credits
   Audio Setup
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Yes!!! god bless the man named Argento!

    This is within my top 5, possibly top 3 list of my favorite Argento movies. the blood is coming from every direction along with a crazy story and great visuals. This is a fine example why he is considered the 'Italian Hitchcock'

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