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The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (Two-Disc Special Edition) (1970)

Tony Musante , Suzy Kendall , Dario Argento  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi, Umberto Raho
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Writers: Dario Argento, Fredric Brown
  • Producers: Artur Brauner, Salvatore Argento
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1 EX), English (Dolby Digital 6.1 EX), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), Italian (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: October 25, 2005
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B64U04
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #258,057 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage (Two-Disc Special Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • International Trailer
  • Italian Trailer
  • TV Spots
  • Out Of The Shadows - Interview with Co-Writer/Director Dario Argento
  • Painting With Darkness - Interview with Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro
  • The Music Of Murder - Interview with Composer Ennio Morricone
  • Eva's Talking - Interview with Actress Eva Renzi

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The Stunning Debut By Dario Argento The Italian Master Of Terror

In his first film as writer/director, Dario Argento (SUSPIRIA, DEEP RED, TWO EVIL EYES) single-handedly created the giallo genre and instantly emerged as the filmmaker critics worldwide hailed as 'The Italian Hitchcock'. Tony Musante (TRAFFIC, OZ) and Suzy Kendall (CIRCUS OF FEAR, TORSO) star in this pulse-pounding suspense thriller about an American writer in Rome who witnesses - and is helpless to stop - a brutal assault, the cunning vengeance of a maniac, and the heart-stopping horror that lives - and kills - deep in the dark.

Blue Underground is proud to present this legendary shocker remastered in High Definition from its original camera negative - including recently discovered never-before-seen footage of explicit violence - remixed in 6.1 DTS-ES and 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround EX. Exclusive Extras in this 2-Disc Special Edition include four all-new featurettes with Argento, Oscar® winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, legendary composer Ennio Morricone, co-star Eva Renzi and much more!


"A thriller that works!" -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun Times

"An excellent breakthrough film for director Dario Argento with a magnificent use of space and a great Ennio Morricone score." -- San Francisco Examiner

"Remember PSYCHO? There are scenes with that kind of impact!" -- ABC-TV

"A Scary Murder Mystery Of Genuine Visual Sophistication!" -- Vincent Canby, The New York Times

"A THRILLER THAT WORKS!" -- Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

"Remember PSYCHO? There Are Scenes With That Kind Of Impact!" -- ABC-TV

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Fast-paced and clever August 27, 1999
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There are two types of Dario Argento films: those after "Four Flies on Grey Velvet" (excluding "The Five Days of Milan," which was never released in the U.S.) and those before it. "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage," Argento's first film, belongs to the category of the before and includes the noticeable differences between the two. While the entire body of Argento's work is something to admire, his first three films are surprisingly well-plotted, given Argento's notorious lack of interest in matters of narrative structure. "Bird" begins with Sam Dalmas, an American writer living in Rome, witnessing an attempted murder in an art gallery. Though he is unable to do anything, his fortuitous arrival saves the victim from almost certain death. His passport confiscated and at first held as a suspect, Sam is told by the police that this is the fourth attack in one month. The only difference is, the victim, a beautiful woman named Monica Ranieri, was the first to survive. Troubled by the idea that he saw something that didn't quite fit, he soon begins his own investigation, putting both his life and the life of his girlfriend at great risk. Several attempts are made on their lives, and everytime Sam is able to learn of someone who might be able to help him, that person is murdered. Finally, in a double-twist ending, Argento reveals the identity of the killer in a cleverly constructed manner. A pure delight from start to finish, "Bird With the Crystal Plumage" is one of the most entertaining (if minimal) thrillers since Hitchcock. Another attribute is Argento's knack for always creating a cast of wonderfully offbeat characters. Be sure to catch Inspector Morosini's exclamation regarding the "perverts" in the line-up sequence. Black humor is equally interwoven with generous amounts of suspense to create a fast-paced and clever mystery/thriller.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Broad appeal for Argento's debut feature January 3, 2002
[L'Uccello dalle Piume di Cristallo]

(Italy/W.Germany - 1969)

Aspect ratio: 2.35:1 (Cromoscope)
Theatrical soundtrack: Mono

Even those who don't care for writer-director Dario Argento's later baroque extravaganzas may warm to his debut feature, a well-received thriller in which an American writer living in Rome (Tony Musante) witnesses an assault on a woman in an art gallery and is subsequently targeted by the would-be assassin, a crazed psychopath who's been terrorizing the city with a series of brutal murders. Typical of an Argento thriller, the hapless hero's investigation unleashes a cycle of violence which culminates in a climactic unmasking that will take some viewers completely by surprise.

Loosely inspired by Fredric Brown's novel 'The Screaming Mimi' (filmed under that title in 1958), Argento's first film is a fairly straightforward thriller with horror asides, anchored by a strong narrative, an increasingly bizarre series of supporting characters, and a strong Everyman hero who slots the puzzle together piece by piece before realizing that the most important clue to the killer's identity was there in front of him all the time. Musante is given excellent support by English actress Suzy Kendall as his girlfriend (the scene in which she's besieged alone in her apartment as the killer hacks through the door with a knife is truly the stuff of nightmares) and Enrico Maria Salerno as the cop charged with finding the killer before he/she strikes again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars His first and arguably one of his best December 11, 2003
I really couldn't tell you why I have yet to watch every film in Dario Argento's filmography. A few years ago it was easy to claim ignorance of many of this Italian director's important works because it was often so difficult to find any of them in an uncut form. Fortunately, DVD arrived on the scene and salivating film fans with dollars to spend prodded numerous companies to start churning out any movie they could get their hands on to satiate the masses. It wasn't too long before practically every Argento film arrived on store shelves, with many of these releases being the uncut, unrated editions. Even Troma, the flagship of flaccid filmmaking, released a so-so version of Argento's "The Stendhal Syndrome." People outside of the world of Italian horror cinema have most likely never heard of Dario Argento, unfortunately. These days, more people are familiar with the director's beautiful daughter Asia than with the horror maestro himself. What a shame. Argento's films, at least the ones I have seen, are masterpieces of style injected with truly cringe inducing gore. And to think it all started in earnest with this engaging Hitchcockian thriller, "The Bird With the Crystal Plumage." Argento and his fans never looked back, but this is an apt starting point for those unfamiliar with this director's work.
An American reporter staying in Rome witnesses a truly shattering event one evening when he sees a gruesome assault takes place inside of an art gallery. Barred from interfering with the proceedings due to huge sliding glass doors, Sam Dalmas can only look on with horror as two figures, one clad entirely in black and the other a woman, struggle with each other over a very shiny knife.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
I enjoyed the movie. I saw it many years ago and wanted to own a copy.
Published 2 months ago by esther vassar
1.0 out of 5 stars worst movie ever
as always: argento sucks and disappoints big time. aside from 'jenifer' all his other efforts are mediocre and worse. I dont know why I bother to check out his filmography. Read more
Published 5 months ago by A. Lohse
5.0 out of 5 stars Must Have
Like all Argento films aside from Suspiria, I give his movies 4.5 taking off a bit for the marginal story plots. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Fred
3.0 out of 5 stars Ok first film by argento
In my opinion this is Argento's best giallo film, and it is his first. A very good murder who done it.
Published 7 months ago by specialkrp
2.0 out of 5 stars A struggle to finish
Dubbed voices really ruin this movie. The performances are terrible, phony, wooden, and super cheesy. The screaming was phony, making the murder scenes more annoying than scary. Read more
Published 8 months ago by wordman
Fans of Dario argento definitely should have his first film
THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE released in Theaters 1970
very controversial at the time for U.S. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Ben30
3.0 out of 5 stars For some reason
I remember seeing this movie when I was younger, I seem to remember liking it, I still do but not as much. I can't put my finger on it. Try it and see.
Published 10 months ago by Russell S
5.0 out of 5 stars Dario Argento's debut film is really scary & disturbing!!!!
I just watched this film on the Blu-Ray that I just purchased from Amazon. It looks unbelievable! I saw this film in theaters in 1970 when I was about 11 years old. Read more
Published 10 months ago by John P. Ward
5.0 out of 5 stars Wierd title...AWSOME movie...
Remember watching this film for the first time and being tariffed at some of the scenes...some time later I read somewhere that Argento almost did not shoot this movie due to lack... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Luke
4.0 out of 5 stars 4 stars for VCI Blu ray, 5 for film
This review is for the new Blu-Ray release of this film by VCI. Like a few other unfortunate Eurohorror aficionados, I missed out on the Blue Underground release of this film, and... Read more
Published 12 months ago by Wexicano
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