Scarlet Diva

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A harrowing, surreal, and at times darkly comic semi-autobiographical depiction of a desperate actress' journey into the black heart of the entertainment industry, Asia Argento's Scarlet Diva makes its stateside debut courtesy of Media Blasters. Shot on digital video, the feature is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen with an anamorphic transfer for widescreen televisions. With a crisp, sharp image the colors are clear and the blacks fairly solid for a shot-on-video feature. Though from time to time there is ...
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A harrowing, surreal, and at times darkly comic semi-autobiographical depiction of a desperate actress' journey into the black heart of the entertainment industry, Asia Argento's Scarlet Diva makes its stateside debut courtesy of Media Blasters. Shot on digital video, the feature is presented in 1.85:1 widescreen with an anamorphic transfer for widescreen televisions. With a crisp, sharp image the colors are clear and the blacks fairly solid for a shot-on-video feature. Though from time to time there is noticeable video interference, this is intended by the artist and inherent to the film itself and not the DVD presentation. The audio, presented in Dolby Digital Stereo, is rich and full despite its minimal function and directional effects. In both sound and image, this film is certainly well anchored in its punkish sensibilities, and Media Blasters is faithful to those sensibilities in their presentation of the feature. Argento fans will no doubt appreciate the intimate and informative extras on the disc, including an insightful interview with the Scarlet Diva herself as well as an equally compelling commentary track, a great photo gallery and some brief liner notes. With both the interview and commentary providing rare insight into Miss Argento's inspirations as well as the experience of having her legendary father Dario and uncle Claudio produce the feature, viewers are treated to a fascinating peek into the worlds of both the celebrity and the filmmaker. In addition, Japanese film buffs are sure to be tempted by a trio of trailers which includes exciting previews for both Versus and Visitor Q in addition to trailers for The House on the Edge of the Park and Scarlet Diva itself. Overall, fans of Asia Argento will be thrilled by Media Blasters US release of her much anticipated feature debut.
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Special Features

Interview with Asia Argento; Directors commentary; Original theatrical trailer; Liner notes; Photo gallery
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
It's often said that for an artist's work to truly resonate, the artist needs to have had life experience. Anyone familiar with Asia Argento's background undoubtedly knows that even at the relatively youthful age of 25 the worldly actress probably has enough experience to fill a trilogy. This said, the competent but flawed Scarlet Diva finds the ambitious Argento still struggling to find her footing as a director. It's easy to throw around words like "pretentious," "over-indulgent," "self-absorbed," and "vanity project" when confronted with an often uncomfortably excessive film such as Scarlet Diva, though closer inspection reveals that Argento is actually trying to say something about the entertainment industry and the soulless existence which can result from getting sucked into it's temptations. Containing a refreshingly punkish unrestraint and some telling situations that may cut a little too close to the bone for some entertainment industry insiders, Argento has filtered her experiences in the film and modeling business into a telling semi-autobiographical expose. In addition, Argento's powerful visual sense results in some striking and grotesquely beautiful imagery, no surprise coming from the daughter of one of the most visually flamboyant directors out there, Dario Argento. Yet despite the film's strengths, Asia Argento's inexperience in directing results in some stiff and unconvincing performances across the board, herself included. Her father's films have often been criticized as exercises in style over substance, and though Scarlet Diva certainly contains substance in abundance, the substance never hits the viewer as hard as Argento seems to have anticipated. In terms of effectively conveying the plight of her characters, Argento will never be truly effective until she finds the means to work with her actors to extract the emotion needed for her films to have true impact.
Village Voice - J. Hoberman
What a world we'd live in if Argento's Hollywood counterparts -- say, Sarah Michelle Gellar, or even Christina Ricci -- had this much imagination and nerve. Few of them, at any rate, have Argento's reserves of lonesome passion and unspigoted woe.
Los Angeles Times
It's a demented kitsch mess (although the smeary digital video does match the muddled narrative), but it's savvy about celebrity and has more guts and energy than much of what will open this year. Manohla Dargis

It's a demented kitsch mess (although the smeary digital video does match the muddled narrative), but it's savvy about celebrity and has more guts and energy than much of what will open this year. Manohla Dargis
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/26/2002
  • UPC: 631595022698
  • Original Release: 2000
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  • Source: Shriek Show
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Time: 1:31:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Asia Argento Anna Battista
Jean Shepherd Kirk Vaines
Herbert Fritsch Aaron Ulrich
Joe Coleman Barry Paar
Francesca D'Aloja margherita
Vera Gemma Veronica Lanza
Daria Nicolodi Anna's Mother
Leo Gullotta
Paolo Bonacelli
Gianluca Arcopinto
Technical Credits
Asia Argento Director, Screenwriter
Claudio Argento Executive Producer
John Hughes III Score Composer
Andrea Lancia Sound/Sound Designer
Anna Napoli Editor
Alessandro Rosa Production Designer
Sergio Stivaletti Special Effects
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits [2:25]
2. Conditioning [6:18]
3. Untie Me [9:15]
4. Lost Love [11:22]
5. Coping Skills [4:55]
6. The Lonliest Girl [3:23]
7. Memories [5:06]
8. The Proposition [8:51]
9. Coke Party [3:20]
10. In the Depths [2:40]
11. Cleopatra [:21]
12. Abuse [11:57]
13. Bottoming Out [5:37]
14. Redemption [7:26]
15. End Credits [2:32]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Extras
      Interview With Asia Argento
      Director's Commentary
      Photo Gallery
   Trailers
      Original Scarlet Diva Theatrical Trailer
      House on the Edge of the Park
      Visitor Q
      Versus
   Scene Access
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Great look - poor writing

    Asia Argento is a gutsy actress who is not afraid to take chances. I really love the 'look' of this film. Some of the scenes have a natural travel documentary look, interesting artistic hues and angles - other scenes have great lighting, mood and lovely and intense editing. But the character Asia plays loses her credibility about half way through the movie - naive beyond acceptance, making one clueless blunder after another to the point where you lose your compassion for her and begin not to care what happens to her character. Again, the 'look' of the film keeps you watching, and Asia IS very compelling and alluring. I look forward to seeing more of her acting AND directing. I'm sure she'll only get better. thanks, ema :)

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best movie ever!!

    Scarlet Diva was by far the best movie I've ever seen Asia is amazing in it this movie deserves more credit than it already has anyone who watches this movie will love it.

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