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Dario Argento Box Set (2008)

Dario Argento , Dario Argento  |  Unrated |  DVD
3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Dario Argento
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Format: Box set, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: ANCHOR BAY
  • DVD Release Date: May 27, 2008
  • Run Time: 514 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0015D3YRM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #81,972 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Dario Argento Box Set" on IMDb

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Following the success of his hallucinatory horror hit SUSPIRIA, writer/director Dario Argento returned to the genre that had launched his international career and earned him the title of 'The Italian Hitchcock'. In these acclaimed 'giallo' thrillers, Argento explores the extremes of murder, insanity and brutality with the startling plots, stunning visuals and shocking twists that have defined his work for nearly 40 years. The five films in this collection have been mastered from original vault elements and are now presented uncut and uncensored for an all-new look at one of the most controversial and influential filmmakers in the history of modern cinema.

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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful
I've always loved a good mystery. Last year I became a diehard fan of Italian gialli. They usually involve an unknown assailant, dressed in black, who is killing his/her victims in uniquely gruesome manners while accompanied by a great soundtrack. Dario Argento revolutionized the giallo with his highly successful directorial debut, "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage." What followed was the Italian giallo craze where every popular film director such as Lucio Fulci, Umberto Lenzi, and Emilio P. Miraglia imitated Argento's work. Many of them went so far as to give their gialli animal titles such as "A Lizard in a Woman's Skin" and "The Bloodstained Butterfly."

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.
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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Solid collection, thanks to Phenomena and Tenebre June 29, 2008
These are not, by any means, the five essential Argento films; of them, the only ones that may make a top five list are Tenebre and Phenomena. However, all five are given first class treatment in terms of presentation, and Tenebre and Phenomena are both the special edition discs released individually at the same time as this collection. The features are acceptable, but the films speak for themselves: Argento is one of the essential progenitors of modern horror, speaking with a unique style and voice. His work is pulp, yes, but it's elegant pulp, placing him in league with Carpenter, Romero, and Craven. They're genre films, but they're good ones.

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.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have for Argento Fans!! June 7, 2008
This is a great 5 dvd collection of Dario Argento's films. It comes in a very nice slim tin holder. This could be a primer for new Argento fans. If you love Italian cinema Argento films are a must!! Tenebre and Phenomena are the headliners here. Tenebre was unavailable on dvd for quite a few years and demanded top dollar on eBay ( I paid $35.00). Tenebre and Phenomena are my favorite films in this collection and Tenebre is my favorite Argento film next to Suspiria. Trauma is decent and boasts some great performances. The Card Player is tense and well-made. Do You Like Hitchcock? is very good considering it was made for Italian TV. All have been remastered and cool extras. Oh and I have to mention Argento has a penchant for having some of the best soundtrack music too!! Pick this set up you will not be disappointed. Then pick up all of his other films too!!!
Can't wait for his newer one to hit dvd, Mother Of Tears! I get to see it in the theatres late June : )
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Dario Argento Anchor Bay box set June 24, 2008
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This box set is totally worth it. Tenebre is the jewel of the crown , but the four other films are really underrated. I've always been fascinated with Jennifer Connelly's performance in Phenomena and Argento's artistic risks are great and profound. The Card Player is not typical Argento shock and gore, but a thriller with gore and plot. I've seen Trauma many times and it has always been ignored and slandered. However, can't ignore Asia Argento's presence. Finally, Do You Like Hitchcock ? is the biggest suprise of all, I really digged it, This film is a total homage to Hitchcock films and if you have seen Hitchcock, this movie will bring a big smile to your heart.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Card Player April 12, 2006
I love horror movies...just can't get enough of them, so when The Card Player became available on dvd, and being a Dario Argento film I had to add it to my collection.

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" 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
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Dario Argento Box Set is worth the buy
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 more
Published 3 months ago by Brian E
1.0 out of 5 stars why are all the reviews for the collection?
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 more
Published 6 months ago by Henry Kipp
4.0 out of 5 stars Video Poker?
An interesting movie. The plot has some interesting twists including a "red herring". The acting and special effects are not bad. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Old Man
4.0 out of 5 stars Worth the price for just Tenebre and Phenomena.
Getting Tenebre or Phenomena together separately would've already been 5-15 dollars more expensive than this set. Read more
Published 13 months ago by Chipotle Mayo
4.0 out of 5 stars Dario Argento Gets His Own Collection
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 more
Published 14 months ago by MacheteJason
3.0 out of 5 stars Decent Argento Collection
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 more
Published 22 months ago by thx, charles
3.0 out of 5 stars has some tense moments, but The Card Player is ultimately derailed by...
The Card Player (2004) is a crime thriller, without the supernatural element often found in Dario Argento's films. Read more
Published on March 28, 2012 by trebe
4.0 out of 5 stars Dario Argento's salute to the "master of suspense"...
Dario Argento's homage to director Alfred Hitchcock, the "master of suspense" may be somewhat predictable, but is still a pretty intriguing mystery thriller. Read more
Published on March 15, 2012 by trebe
4.0 out of 5 stars Argento's Nod to the Master of Suspense
Lacking the baroque horror and much of the graphic brutality of Argento's other work, "Do You Like Hitchcock? Read more
Published on January 26, 2012 by B. Wells
4.0 out of 5 stars more of a thriller than a horror
This is not a horror movie. There are no supernatural elements in this movie; however, there is a serial killer. Read more
Published on December 19, 2011 by Bookworm936
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