The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

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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.
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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.
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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/16/1999
  • UPC: 089859820229
  • Original Release: 1969
  • Rating:

  • Source: Vci Video
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Cinemascope (2.35:1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Surround
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 29,785

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Tony Musante Sam Dalmas
Suzy Kendall Julia
Eva Renzi Monica
Enrico Maria Salerno Morosini
Mario Adorf Berto
Renato Romano Dover
Dario Argento Black jacketed killer
Carla Mancini
Fulvio Mingozzi
Reggie Nalder Assassin
Werner Peters
Umberto Raho Ranieri
Technical Credits
Dario Argento Director, Screenwriter
Salvatore Argento Producer
Franco Fraticelli Editor
Ennio Morricone Score Composer
Roberto Pariante Asst. Director
Vittorio Storaro Cinematographer
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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]
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Menu

Main.
Play Movie
Play Trailer
Biographies
   Tony Musante
   Suzy Kendall
   Dario Argento
DARK DREAMS Dario Argente Website.
PLAY ORIGINAL Soundtrack Album.
   Play All
   Theme From "The Bird With The Crystal Plumage"
   Theme For Julia
   The Breath Of Death
   Mad Montage
   Black Glove Underground
   Agony or Ecsatsy?
   Objects D'Art
   Shrouds
   Black Glove Underground
   Girl Stalk
   Theme From "The Bird With The Crystal Plumage" (Reprise)
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    The MASTER!

    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.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    try it

    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.

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