×

Uh-oh, it looks like your Internet Explorer is out of date.

For a better shopping experience, please upgrade now.

Bird with the Crystal Plumage
     

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

4.0 2
Director: Dario Argento, Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Eva Renzi

Cast: Dario Argento, Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Eva Renzi

 

See All Formats & Editions

Fans of Dario Argento's distinctive eye should enjoy the widescreen anamorphic transfer on this DVD of The Bird With the Crystal Plumage. The picture looks fantastic and is presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Supplemental materials include biographies and the original

Overview

Fans of Dario Argento's distinctive eye should enjoy the widescreen anamorphic transfer on this DVD of The Bird With the Crystal Plumage. The picture looks fantastic and is presented in the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Surround. Supplemental materials include biographies and the original theatrical trailer.

Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide
The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, Dario Argento's directorial debut, is the rare serial killer picture that leaves much to the imagination by staging its murders with a minimum of gore and a reliance on strategic camera work. These scenes often have a claustrophobic feel to them, as they focus on hands, knives, and body parts, and use sound and editing to fill in the rest. Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro displays his usual command of the visuals, whether he is showing off by having the camera give a point-of-view shot as a man falls to his death or is taking a more subtle approach when cloaking the protagonist in darkness as he is pursued through the streets by a yellow-jacketed assassin. Among the better scenes are: the opening sequence of Sam watching as Monica is attacked in a gallery while he is trapped behind a glass door and unable to help her; the scene where Julia is trapped in her apartment while the killer tries to carve through the door with a knife; and the surprising conclusion. All of these scenes contain the feeling of helplessness in the face of horror, a sense of being unable to prevent violence from happening to others or to oneself. The Bird With the Crystal Plumage looks very much like a product of its time -- the cosmopolitan atmosphere, the ultra-stylish approach to an old genre, and the sense that it is trying to shock its audience with a use of sex and violence (and, at times, a combination of the two) that was probably pushing the envelope in 1969, but which has considerably tamed over time.

Product Details

Release Date:
11/16/1999
UPC:
0089859820229
Original Release:
1969
Rating:
PG
Source:
Vci Video
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Surround]
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Presented in enhanced 16 x 9 widescreen 2.35:1 format; Includes the original theatrical trailer; Interactive menus; Remixed Dolby Surround; Original motion picture soundtrack

Cast & Crew

Scene Index

Scene Selection
0. Scene Selection
0. Menu Group #1 with 30 chapter(s) covering 01:36:00
1. Movie Titles. [4:11]
2. Walking the Streets. [2:46]
3. The Police. [3:47]
4. Searching for Clues. [4:06]
5. Someone's Following. [3:07]
6. Police Investigate. [5:40]
7. At the Horse Track. [4:56]
8. The Painting. [:35]
9. Woman walking thru Park. [3:32]
10. The Next Day. [3:00]
11. Vision of Murder. [1:36]
12. Television Report. [1:19]
13. At the Gallery. [2:47]
14. The Hit. [4:03]
15. Following the Shooter. [4:02]
16. The Stairs. [4:41]
17. The Threat. [3:52]
18. Found a Dead Body. [1:32]
19. Voice Recognition. [5:54]
20. Has a Hunch. [8:21]
21. Calling for Help. [1:30]
22. Trapped. [4:11]
23. At the Zoo. [5:29]
24. Looking for a Woman. [2:40]
25. Tied Up. [1:36]
26. The Murderer. [:45]
27. Trapped in Gallery. [2:51]
28. Television Report. [1:12]
29. Flying Home. [:46]
30. Credits. [1:00]

Videos

Customer Reviews

Average Review:

Post to your social network

     

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

See all customer reviews

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Now i'm about as much of an Argento fan that you'll find now a days, especially of my age. But this one just didn't do it for me. it began decent but it eventually dragged. YOu can definetly tell that Argento would become something special from his style but it's not a good choice for people who are just getting into the man.
Queengeek More than 1 year ago
Of all the Italian horror directors, it's Argento who's at the top of the heap. His movies are some of the most visually stunning movies (regardless of genre) that you'll ever see. And his plot hooks, while often obtuse, are always compelling. This movie is not an exception to the rule. I can't tell you much about it without going into spoiler territory, but I can recommend THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE without reservation.