Stendhal SyndromeDirector: Dario Argento, Luigi Diberti, Thomas Kretschmann, Julien Lambroschini
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Brimming with numerous interactive extra features and an acceptable transfer of Italian horror guru Dario Argento's long-anticipated return to his roots in giallo, The Stendhal Syndrome gets the deluxe treatment by Troma Team Video. With its gorgeous and easy-to-navigate title menu design, in addition to an exhausting list of supplemental material, Troma has outdone themselves in giving The Stendhal Syndrome the red carpet treatment. Though the visual quality of the film is at times slightly washed out and murky, the film is attractively letterboxed at 1.66:1 and appears clean and free of artifacting for the majority of its running time. Presented in English or Italian Dolby Digital Surround, the sound effectively conveys Ennio Morricone's typically haunting score, as well as adding distinct resonance to the many piercing screams that inhabit the film's audibly unsettling sound design. In an extended introduction placed before the movie, Troma co-founder Lloyd Kaufman conveys his enthusiasm for getting the chance to release the film, as well as his reverential view of Argento and the films he's created. Among such typical Troma titles as Surf Nazis Must Die (1987) and Fat Guy Goes Nutzoid (1986), The Stendhal Syndrome seems an unlikely candidate for a Troma release, though one can find no fault in this commendable presentation. Boasting three interviews with Argento (one hidden as an Easter egg), an insightful interview with frequent special-effects collaborator Sergio Stivaletti, and yet another, curiously, with director Ruggero Deodato (in which the Cannibal Holocaust (1979) director speaks of the satire imbued in his most notorious film), the disc will undoubtedly appeal to the typical Italian horror fan. Interactive features such as the Troma Intelligence Test and an interactive tour of Troma studios will keep the tireless DVD fanatic entertained, nauseated, and titillated for hours on end.
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Cast & Crew
|Luigi Diberti||Inspector Manetti|
|Thomas Kretschmann||Alfredo Grossi|
|Marco Leonardi||Marco Longhi|
|John Quentin||Anna's Father|
|Asia Argento||Anna Manni|
|Dario Argento||Director,Original Story,Producer,Screenwriter|
|Franco Casagni||Makeup Special Effects|
|Franco Ferrini||Original Story|
|Antonello Geleng||Art Director|
|Lia Morandini||Costumes/Costume Designer|
|Ennio Morricone||Score Composer|
|Carlo Palmieri||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Riccardo Palmieri||Sound/Sound Designer|
|Sergio Stivaletti||Special Effects|
2. Cityscape Opening
3. At the Apartment
5. The Symptoms
6. I Think I'll Try Painting Something of My Own
7. The Hell Begins
9. The Date
10. Secret Rendezvous, Deadly Sins
11. "He's Inside of Me, I've Become Him"
Horror Italian Style
Film Bios: Dario Argento
Film Bios: Asia Argento
Troma President Lloyd Kaufman Interviews Dario Argento
Dario Argento Interviewed by Ronny Svensson
Sergio Stivaletti on The Stendhal Syndrome
Ruggero Deodato Remembers Cannibal Holocaust
Terrifying Production Stills
Tour of Troma Studios
Troma Intelligence Test 2
Brand New Soul of Troma
The Secrets of Troma
The Troma Rap Starring Julie Strain
Read Troma Comics Dammit!
The Rowdy Girls
Cannibal! The Musical
The Stendhal Syndrome
Teenage Catgirls in Heat
Sergio Lapel's Drawing Blood
Troma and AIX Credits
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Blue Underground has done another great job with this highly underrated Argento movie. But let’s not forget it was because of Troma that the film got any theatrical and initial DVD-release in it’s uncut version! It is also important to know that the Troma-dvd has the correct aspect ratio (which is somewhat overmatted in Blue Underground’s version) and some wonderful extra’s that are not present here, including an interview with Argento by the other highly underrated genius moviedirector Lloyd Kaufman, in which Dario is in a more relaxed and jolly mood than ever seen elsewhere. A brilliant film, with one of the best performances by Asia Argento ever. A fantastic treatment by VU. But without Troma’s dvd-premiere of this film you are certainly not complete!! If you have do choose, get that one.
"The Stendhal Syndrome" is a dark, brilliant, unnerving, and beautiful excursion into the mind of a policewoman who is brutally assaulted. Clearly, this is one of Dario Argento's masterworks, aided by a haunting score by the talented Ennio Morricone.
Asia Argento, who plays the heroine, becomes unhinged by her violation. She was not a well woman to begin with, suffering from a syndrome named after the writer Stendhal that causes her to faint when she views certain works of art that overwhelm her. Her sexual victimization pushes her over the brink of madness, and what ensues is sheer terror. She experiences difficulty distinguishing between fantasy and reality. Her psychological predicament becomes all the more heinous when reality, in the guise of her assailant who continues to stalk her, becomes more horrifying than the chimeras conjured by her overheated imagination.
In its depiction of a woman's descent into madness, this film reminds me of Roman Polanski's "Repulsion," but Dario Argento's film is richer and fuller, whereas Polanski's is claustrophobic. "The Stendhanl Syndrome" is Argento at the top of his game.
--Bryan Cassiday, author of "Fete of Death"