Suspiria

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For many, Dario Argento's phantasmagoric Suspiria is what a horror film was meant to be -- violent, disturbing, unhinged, and scary. Very scary. Influenced by the great Italian genre director Mario Bava, Argento let loose a volley of cinematic shots which have seldom been equaled since. It may not be as famous or well-known as some bigger-budgeted Hollywood horror films, but Suspiria nevertheless burns with a sinister power all its own. Anchor Bay Entertainment's limited edition three-disc set is a veritable ...
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Alida Valli, Udo Kier, Rudolf Sch?ndler, Eva Ax?n, Susanna Javicoli, Barbara Magnolfi, Miguel Bos?, Flavio Bucci, Stefania... 09/11/2001 DVD 1977 Run time: 92. *FREE Tracking ... Number Provided* Artwork in very good condition; Case has light wear; Disc(s) has light surface wear that does not affect playability; Disc(s) guaranteed to play perfectly or your money back (including shipping charges to and from). IN STOCK, ready to ship. Packaged with care. Read more Show Less

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For many, Dario Argento's phantasmagoric Suspiria is what a horror film was meant to be -- violent, disturbing, unhinged, and scary. Very scary. Influenced by the great Italian genre director Mario Bava, Argento let loose a volley of cinematic shots which have seldom been equaled since. It may not be as famous or well-known as some bigger-budgeted Hollywood horror films, but Suspiria nevertheless burns with a sinister power all its own. Anchor Bay Entertainment's limited edition three-disc set is a veritable satanic bounty for fans of the film. Disc one contains the widescreen presentation of the film with the original aspect ratio of 2.35:1, and boy, does it look amazing. Granted, the home video format may never accurately reproduce the brilliantly saturated Technicolor theatrical prints (the film was the last to utilize the original Technicolor film stock), but this disc sure does get as close as possible. The rich primary colors never seem to bleed excessively or bloom beyond their intended effect. Previously released on laserdisc as well as videotape, this DVD without a doubt puts the other formats to shame. The image is never soft, and the clarity of many of the shots is fabulous. Argento perfectly utilizes the widescreen image, so this version thankfully lays all other previous pan-and-scan copies to rest. The film's garish and not-so-subtle soundtrack has also been given a boost and is available in numerous versions: English Dolby Digital Surround, English 6.1 DTS-ES, Italian Dolby Surround 2.0, and French Dolby Surround 2.0. Disc one also includes a daft "Daemonia" music video (the band features original Goblin member Claudio Simonetti), theatrical trailers (both North America and International), TV spots, a poster and still gallery, and the requisite talent bios. There is also an easter egg awaiting you in the special features menu. Once you are in the menu, press the right arrow key on your remote and one of the peacock's feathers will light up. Press enter on your remote and you will then be shown an amusing message from actor Udo Kier, who has a very brief role in the film. But the best supplement awaits you on the second disc. "Suspiria 25th Anniversary" is a great 52-minute documentary featuring interviews with Argento himself; his ex-wife and co-screenwriter Daria Nicolodi, who has also starred in many of Argento's films; stars Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, and the above-mentioned Kier; cinematographer Luciano Tovoli; and the men from the prog-rock band Goblin, who worked numerous times with Argento on other films. The film offers up some interesting anecdotes on the making of the film (including some great ones from Casini and Harper about the perils of working with maggots among other things), the origins of the story (not surprisingly the director and his ex-wife give entirely different answers as to who originated the story), and the great skill and expertise it took to pull off the film's mesmerizing color scheme. The documentary is really a must for all fans of the film. Disc three is actually a CD containing the hard-to-find original soundtrack of the film. The music's not for everyone, but fans of Goblin are sure to love it.
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Special Features

Disc One: Widescreen presentation enhanced for 16x9 TVs; theatrical trailers; TV spot; radio spots; Daemonia music video; poster and still gallery; talent bios; English, Italian, and French language tracks. Disc Two: Suspiria 25th Anniversary, an all-new 52 minute documentary featuring Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Luciano Tovoli, Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Udo Kier, and Goblin (Agostino Marangolo, Massimo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli and Claudio Simonetti). Disc Three: Original Goblin soundtrack CD.
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Buchanan
One of the most striking assaults on the senses ever to be committed to celluloid, legendary Italian horror master Dario Argento's Suspiria will certainly affect viewers whether they like it or not. Unleashed in 1977 to unsuspecting audiences worldwide, this unrelenting tale of the supernatural was -- and likely still is -- the closest a filmmaker has come to capturing a nightmare on film. Even in the eviscerated form in which Suspiria was initially released in most parts of the world (it has since been restored to its original, uncut form) its ability to create a profound feeling of unease is undeniable. Likewise, despite the fact that Suspiria is a film that virtually begs to be seen on the big screen, it remains remarkably potent when viewed on home video if proper measures are taken (viewing the film at the loudest possible volume, preferably with a surround sound stereo is highly recommended). It's reported that while filming, Argento blasted Goblin's supremely menacing score to create a feeling of unease in the actors that would ultimately carry over into the psyche of the audience. A near experimental collage of whispers, sighs, and various other sounds placed against the backdrop of shivering strings and throbbing bass, Goblin's contribution is as essential to the film's impact as Argento's stylistic and unflinching direction. The titular theme, a melodic composition that recalls a childhood lullaby haunted by a sickly voice, is one of the most effective and unforgettable tunes in horror history.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 9/11/2001
  • UPC: 013131161090
  • Original Release: 1977
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  • Source: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround EX
  • Language: English, Français, Italiano
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Jessica Harper Suzy Bannion
Joan Bennett Madame Blanc
Alida Valli Ballet Mistress
Stefania Casini Sara
Margherita Horowitz A Teacher
Susanna Javicoli Sonia
Giuseppe Transocchi Pavlo
Renato Zamengo Caroline
Flavio Bucci Daniel
Miguel Bosé Mark
Barbara Magnolfi Olga
Eva Axen Pat
Rudolf Schundler Milius
Udo Kier Frank Mandel
Fulvio Mingozzi Taxi Driver
Franca Scognetti
Renato Scarpa
Technical Credits
Dario Argento Director, Score Composer, Screenwriter
Salvatore Argento Executive Producer
Claudio Argento Producer
Giuseppe Bassan Art Director
Pierangelo Cicoletti Costumes/Costume Designer
Franco Fraticelli Editor
Antonio Gabrielli Asst. Director
Goblin Score Composer
Germano Natali Special Effects
Daria Nicolodi Screenwriter
Luciano Tovoli Cinematographer
Lucio Trentini Production Manager
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Suspira
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Main Titles [1:27]
2. Arrival [5:42]
3. Fear in the Night [2:29]
4. Murder [4:33]
5. The Academy [4:42]
6. The Girls [5:27]
7. Haunted Hallways [3:14]
8. Dance of Blood [4:18]
9. Rain of Maggots [4:48]
10. "The Directress Is Here" [6:08]
11. Miss Tanner's Wrath [3:53]
12. Whispers in the Dark [4:12]
13. A Walk With Death [4:45]
14. Reflections [1:40]
15. The Pool [2:19]
16. Evil Closes In [4:16]
17. Kiss of Steel [4:42]
18. The Disappearance [:47]
19. "Magic Is Everywhere" [4:03]
20. The Bat [2:51]
21. Footsteps of Fear [3:58]
22. The Blue Iris [4:38]
23. Dark Discoveries [3:52]
24. The Black Queen [2:58]
25. Holocaust [2:14]
26. End Credits [:26]
Side #2 -- Suspiria 25th Anniversary
0. Chapter Selections
1. Program Start/Main Title [:23]
2. The Story [4:55]
3. The Director [7:34]
4. The Stars [6:00]
5. The Score [6:43]
6. The Style [12:28]
7. Favorite Scenes & Anecdotes [7:08]
8. Looking Back [5:29]
9. End Credits [1:03]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Suspira
   Extras
      Trailers
         International Trailer
         U.S. Trailer
      TV Spot
      Radio Spots
         Spot #1
         Spot #2
         Spot #3
      Daemonia Music Video
      Poster and Still Gallery
      Talent Bios
         Dario Argento - Co-Writer/Director
         Daria Nicolodi - Co-Writer
         Jessica Harper
   Languages - Audio Setup
      English: Dolby Digital Surround EX
      English: DTS EX (Playback Requires DTS Encoder)
      English: Dolby Surround 2.0
      Italian: Dolby Surround 2.0
      French: Dolby Surround 2.0
   THX Optimizer
      Audio Tests
      Video Tests
   Play
Side #2 -- Suspiria 25th Anniversary
   Subtitles
      English: On
      English: Off
   Play
Side #3 -- Suspira Sountrack by Goblin
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    Suspiralling Out of Control

    "Suspiria" is the grand-daddy of obtuse, psychodelic cinema of the fantastic; a great bold canvas of pseudo-formal colorful splashes of nightmarish imagery signifying nothing except the vacuous imagination of director Dario Argento (whose only significant contribution to cinema is daughter Asia) and the insatiable appetite of a continuously growing cult of sadistic sensation mongers that worship this film as if it were the Sermon on the Mount. The film concerns a young ingenue played by a mannered and unappealing Jessica Harper, who attends a mysterious dance school controlled by a coven of witches. This much is clear from the press materials, as nothing can be interpreted by this vomitous mixture of giallo and freak show hokum. Alida Valli, luminous star of Carol Reed's magnificent "The Third Man" is a participant in this fiasco and her presence is doubly depressing when it leads to the consideration of the tragic fall of standards in the cinema. DVD colors are strikingly vivid and the sound is excellent (despite the viewer being sledgehammered by the "score"/noise of Goblin), and there are plentiful extras celebrating the accomplishment of Argento, though curiously not one person can tell you what any of this is supposed to mean. (Perhaps it was simply the result of Mr. Dickens' "undigested bit of beef.") The film is simply a magnet for mindless thrill seekers.

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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    A Beautiful, Must-See Horror Film, Even if Lacking in Plot

    Heaven knows that Suspiria isn't winning any awards for groundbreaking plot or script. As far as that goes, there are a whole host of other horror classics to watch. But Suspiria holds its own in the history of great horror flicks by virtue of its beautiful cinematography. Though a relatively obscure film, its influence is far-reaching and obvious to those that have experienced it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of the greatest films of all time in ANY genre

    Suspiria is in one word a masterpiece. Any cinephile should view this flm once, it excells in every aspect. Filmed on an out of print stock of kodak film the images seem to throb on the screen with a lurid pulse. The sound design is wonderful but the real star of the film is the soundtrack courtesy of the one and only Goblins. The film is violent in the extreme but every thing is so beautifully orchestrated you'll feel like you're watching the delirious nightmares of mad artistic genius. Suspiria is like a beautiful white silk handkerchief soaking up a pool of blood. Five stars is not enough.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Suspiria: The Greatest Giallo Horror Film Ever!!!

    Jessica Harper stars as Suzy Banyon, a young American ballet dancer who goes to a dance school in Germany. During the first 20 minutes of the film 2 people are killed in a gory sequence. Then sunddenly her friend is killed. Now Suzy must escape the evil and the wrath of Madam Blanke and Miss Tanner. Suspiria was made in 1977 and still going strong. "Dario Argentio's Horror Masterpiece!" This is the most scariest giallo horror film ever! "Once you've seen SUSPIRIA you'll never feel safe in the dark again!" I'm serious, you will not regret seeing SUSPIRIA!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    One of my favorite horror movies.

    This has the best use of color i've ever seen in a horror movie and the best use of red i've seen in cinema history. Dario Argento is a master of the craft, a visual genius.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Snow White in vivid color!

    This film was partly inspired by Walt Disney's Snow White. The innocent child in deadly peril at the hands of a coven of witches. You will never forget the vivid colors of this movie, and the music will also leave a lasting impression. The first murder in the movie is shocking, and so vivid that you can almost feel the knife wounds yourself! A classic that all horror fans should see at least once.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Almost as good as a Lynch film, if you know what I mean.

    My introduction to Dario Argento was Suspiria. This movie had some very disturbing scenes, all the better! I liken it to the weird brilliance of David Lynch. This movie was released in 77, perhaps Mr. Lynch got some inspiration from this movie too? The music perfomed by Goblin was a perfect addition to this dark and mysterious movie. Did I say dark? Well, that is my one complaint. I rented the VHS version, and it may well have been my TV, but the movie was so dark, I couldn't see everything I wanted to see. Other than that, all I can say is I can't wait to see the DVD version. Very recommended!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted December 27, 2000

    Short on Sense, But Long on Style & Scares...

    If you rent this movie expecting a complex plot full of twists and turns, you will absolutely loath this film. But if you watch it with an open mind and an eye for style, you should like it. Director Dario Argento creates wonderful atmosphere in the film by giving all of the sets a very strange and unusual feel, using a wonderfully chilling score by the band Goblin, and adding grotesque, odd colored lighting (blues, reds, and greens). The plot (if there really is one at all) involves a young American who enrolls in a German dance academy where black magic is performed. Needless to say, strange things start happening and people start dying. It is truly amazing how the director can take such a basic, plain plot and turn it into an extravagant horror thriller. This film is not only a wonderful example of style over substance, but also an example of how horror can truly be beautiful...

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