Dario Argento Box Set
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(May 27, 2008)
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In the mid to late seventies, Argento directed supernatural horror such as his masterpiece, "Suspiria." eventually, Argento returned to his giallo roots. (Praise the Lord!) What follows is a compilation of his more recent gialli. I will review them in the order of which they were released.
Tenebre (1982) *****
This is the first time I've seen "Tenebre" and my main reason for buying the collection. And I wasn't disappointed. "Tenebre" is pure, 100% Italian giallo. It is the best giallo in this collection. "Tenebre" reminded me a lot of Argento`s earlier gialli, "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" and "Deep Red," in that someone witnesses a murder and they are mistaken as to what they actually saw. There is also a tremendous amount of stabbing and hacking done with knife and ax, respectively. Furthermore, someone's traumatic past comes back to haunt them and motivate them to murder again and again. There are plenty of suspects and red herrings. Never a dull moment.
In "Tenebre," the body count is gloriously high and mostly beautiful women are the victims.Read more ›
Special note: Phenomena is far and away the best of these five. It is notable as an Argento classic, as an early Jennifer Connelly film, as a non-Halloween Donald Pleasence picture, and as one of the most delightfully (and most twisted) unpredictable thrillers I've ever seen. It's a slasher flick, a supernatural fantasy, and the ending hangs it squarely in a third horror sub-genre that I wouldn't dare reveal here. If you don't buy the set, buy the Phenomena special editon. If you're interested enough to read this far, trust me: it's worth it.
Can't wait for his newer one to hit dvd, Mother Of Tears! I get to see it in the theatres late June : )
It was not as much of a horror, but a thriller. There was much more implied horror/gore, than visual effects.
The movie is about a serial killer who taunts the police by an on-line poker game, known only as "the card player"...you lose the game the victim dies, pure and simple.
There are some twists to the plot and a couple of gore effects but these are few and far between.
If you are looking for the blood and gore of horror you will fall short in this movie. If you are looking for a thriller in the Hitchcock flare then I would highly recommend viewing this one.
For the die hard Argento fans you really should add this one to your collection if not rent or borrow from someone.
"Argento outdoes himself! A very tense thriller...highly recommended!"-DVD TImes
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The premise of this movie is actually pretty interesting and original. As some of the other viewers have noted and as the DVD box states, the plot revolves around a serial killer... Read morePublished 11 months ago by Ves
This was another gift for my daughter, who loves Dario Argento, and she LOVED the DVD! Having never watched Dario Argento's movies, I really liked Do You Like Hitchcock. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Linda Mangrum
The Dario Argento Box Set is one of those collections that I really do enjoy. While these movies are not Argento at his best, they do represent a strong mid-range of his films. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Brian E
one day it would be nice if Amazon not combine reviews, add star rating categories for audio video acting directing writing and film, install spellcheck, and ban any reviews with... Read morePublished 22 months ago by Henry Kipp
An interesting movie. The plot has some interesting twists including a "red herring". The acting and special effects are not bad. Read morePublished 22 months ago by Old Man
Getting Tenebre or Phenomena together separately would've already been 5-15 dollars more expensive than this set. Read morePublished on October 1, 2013 by Chipotle Mayo
This 2008 box set contains 5 DVDs featuring five films directed by Dario Argento. Argento is best known for his giallo (Italian crime mystery) work. Read morePublished on August 23, 2013 by MacheteJason
I'd recommend this collection to an Argento completist, as an intro to Argento for yourself, or as a gift for someone you know to like off-the-beaten-path horror. Read morePublished on December 26, 2012 by thx, charles
The Card Player (2004) is a crime thriller, without the supernatural element often found in Dario Argento's films. Read morePublished on March 28, 2012 by trebe
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