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Opera (1987)

Cristina Marsillach , Ian Charleson , Dario Argento  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson, Urbano Barberini, William McNamara, Daria Nicolodi
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Format: Multiple Formats, NTSC, DTS Surround Sound, Dolby, Closed-captioned, Anamorphic
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), English (Dolby Digital 5.1), English (Dolby Digital 6.1 EX)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Blue Underground
  • DVD Release Date: September 25, 2007
  • Run Time: 107 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (90 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000S0GYRK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #90,939 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Opera" on IMDb

Special Features

  • "Conducting Dario Argento's OPERA" - Interviews with Co-Writer/Director Dario Argento, Cinematographer Ronnie Taylor, Animatronics Artist Sergio Stivaletti, Composer Claudio Simonetti, and Stars Daria Nicolodi and Urbano Barberini
  • Theatrical Trailers
  • "Opera" Music Video by Daemonia
  • Dario Argento Bio

Editorial Reviews


"This Is Argento At His Stylish, Horrifying Best!" -- The Psychotronic Video Guide

Product Description

An Aria of Terror from the Maestro of Horror - DARIO ARGENTO

When a young opera singer takes over the leading role in an avant-garde presentation of Verdi's Macbeth, she triggers the madness of a crazed fan who repeatedly forces the diva to watch the brutal murders of her friends. Will the woman's recurring nightmare hold the key to the identity of this psychopath or does an even more horrific evil lay waiting in the wings?

The legendary Dario Argento (DEEP RED, SUSPIRIA) co-wrote and directed this savagely stunning thriller featuring some of the most shocking sequences of the maestro's entire career. Previously available in the U.S. only in heavily edited form, this horror classic has now been restored from original Italian vault materials and is presented uncut, uncensored and loaded with Extras.

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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A real eye-opener . . . November 16, 2001
Dario Argento movies aren't noted for their plausibility or realism, and this entry is no exception. Critics and fans have complained endlessly about Argento's earlier work (SUSPIRIA and DEEP RED) being classic examples of the horror genre, whilst his latter efforts (TRAUMA and PHANTOM OF THE OPERA) sadly lacking in any department. This 1987 production has the unfortunate position of being sandwiched in between the 'old' Dario and the 'new'. The story has a young opera singer taking over the leading role in a 1980s 'style over content' rendition of MACBETH. Unknown to her, she has attracted the attention of a crazed fan who first kidnaps her, then forces her to stand and watch as he butchers and murders her friends, lover, etc. in front of her very eyes (in a clever trick - the killer cellotapes needles under her eyelids to keep her watching the graphic carnage). The film goes on like this for about an hour, (a) the killer shows up (b) he kidnaps the singer and (c) a murder scene (accompanied by a terrible heavy rock soundtrack which destroys any tension the film had built up). Argento uses Point of View camerawork, which at first is diverting, but at around the 20 minute mark you become lost and wish he would have held back on this device.
Argento's 'inventive murder' sequences which have trademarked the directors work are evident in OPERA. The show-stopper has to be the bullet through the key hole scene, which is truly stunning. Infact, all of the film is technically excellent and inventive, it's just a shame the screenplay isn't very involving and the UK 'Cockney style' dubbing never helps the viewer connect to the characters in the movie.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great film but dont buy it used August 13, 2002
By Wood
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I agree that this is a great film but be very careful about buying a used copy. The manufacturer has recalled copies because of a manufacturing problem which caused many of the disk to be unplayable. I bought two used and neither works. I finally just returned one to the company and finally could watch this film. Buy a new copy and save yourself alot of time.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Truly Beautiful and Breathtaking January 5, 2002
By Jim K.
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I'm almost at a loss for words... Like others, I didn't think anything could top "Suspiria" but in my opinion, this one does. The two-disc (DVD and soundtrack CD) is another wonderful Anchor Bay package.
First of all, the picture is WONDERFUL. Although a 1987 film, it looks like it is a contemporary brand-new picture. It's the cleanest DVD for the Dario Argento films. The sound is very engaging and has total clarity. The fidelity on the soundtrack CD is a bit dated, but is clear and is an added bonus.
I'm not going to dwell on what happens in this movie, but be assured that there are so many weird elements in it and they are photographed in style. Only a genius could think of and blend these elements together the way Argento did. The camera angles are superb!
Argento usually has a nice-looking female lead in his pictures although they are plain rather than stunningly beautiful. Christina Marsillach is a total beauty, so if you like watching a beautiful woman in a horror film you won't find anyone better.
By the way, the Anchor Bay DVD's do not play well on older DVD players. I now own several Anchor Bays, mostly Dario Argento films, and since getting a newer 16x I can play them all.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One of Argento's greatest achievements November 27, 2001

(Italy - 1987)

Aspect ratio: 2.39:1 (Super 35)
Theatrical soundtrack: Dolby Stereo

Borne from an abortive attempt to mount his own unique stage version of Verdi's 'Rigoletto' in Macerata in 1985, director Dario Argento transforms the backstage setting of a magnificent opera house into the lair of a psychopathic killer in OPERA (1987), his last truly great film until SLEEPLESS in 2000. Spanish model-turned-actress Cristina Marsillach plays the young ingenue who's suddenly thrust into the lead role of a dramatic new theatrical presentation of Verdi's 'Macb...', er, I mean, 'The Scottish Play' (ahem!), whereupon she's immediately targeted by a hooded, black-gloved maniac who abducts her at regular intervals, ties her up, and forces her to witness the brutal murders of various friends and colleagues.

Fans will relish the familiarity of Argento's voyeuristic obsessions and the frequent references to his earlier productions, while everyone else will simply marvel at the visual and thematic excesses conjured by the movie's outlandish backdrop (it was filmed at the spectacular Teatro Regio Opera House in Parma, just outside Milan). The overripe production design by Davide Bassan and Gianmaurizio Fercioni fills the wide Super 35 frame with a feast of classical architecture which often threatens to overwhelm the stick-figure characters, and Argento allows the operatic theme to dominate virtually every aspect of the production, transforming a Gothic nightmare into an ultra-modern shock-machine, brilliantly captured by Ronnie Taylor's constantly roving camerawork. Outside of his splendid efforts for Richard Attenborough (GANDHI, CRY FREEDOM, etc.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Argento Makes Murder Suspense Romantic Somehow
Most Argento fans love his sense of dark poetic visual story telling and Opera is one of his best. I just wish I had it on Blu-ray since I only have the old Anchor Bay DVD release... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Fred
3.0 out of 5 stars Later Argento
One of Dario Argento's later giallos and one of his most brutal... Along with Tenebrae and Deep Red. Some great shots of Switzerland too.
Published 2 months ago by Jason A.
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice take on the slasher genre
Loosely, and I mean LOOSELY based on Phantom of the Opera, a mysterious murderer stalks the halls of and Opera House, with a fascination with one woman in particular, who is forced... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Magik8Baul
4.0 out of 5 stars Argento's hidden masterpiece
A film with little plot, but brilliantly told. Young directors of horror should watch this film to learn that you don't need overt gore to make a good terrifying film. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Watcher
4.0 out of 5 stars Opera by Dario Argento
It is vintage Argento and it brings with it the world of opera which I am an avid fan.
The choice of using Macbeth is deliciously ominous and there is a nostalgic element... Read more
Published 10 months ago by Henry
3.0 out of 5 stars This is only in English!
The DVD quality was good, the shipping was fast, I was just dissatisfied that it was not specified that the audio options are English dubs only, not Italian with subtitles like I... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Alyssa
5.0 out of 5 stars Opera
Great movie I was unaware of this movie until my coworker told me about it and it was worth watch it is a classic but diffently worth see it isnt a waste of time
Published 15 months ago by cattastrophe
4.0 out of 5 stars goo but over done ending
loved it then as opera went on i hung in there then came the end and i was falling asleep which i questioned cause the acting was good the suspense was good yet i was falling... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Thomas E. Hanusik
2.0 out of 5 stars Just not my cup of tea.
I guess im more picky then most of you guys out there when it comes to Argento's work. I like his movie Suspiria and probably not much else.
Published 19 months ago by Margarita G. Gutierrez
4.0 out of 5 stars great argento without the dream logic
Wow. What a pleasant surprise, if that can be said about a film which features several decidely unpleasant DEmises. Read more
Published on February 22, 2012 by W Mianecke
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