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Phenomena

3.9 out of 5 stars 176 customer reviews

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Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes segment
  • Music video by Claudio Simonetti
  • Music video by 'Bill Wyman'
  • Interview with Dario Argento by Joe Franklin

Product Details

  • Actors: Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi, Fiore Argento, Federica Mastroianni
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Writers: Dario Argento, Franco Ferrini
  • Producers: Dario Argento, Angelo Iacono
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 1999
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IBRI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,015 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Phenomena" on IMDb

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PHENOMENA

(Italy - 1984)

Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Theatrical soundtrack: Dolby Stereo

Originally edited for US consumption and released under the title CREEPERS, the full-length version of Dario Argento's masterwork reveals the method in his madness. Whereas the edited version was a fast-moving collage of half-baked themes which evoked nothing of any significance, PHENOMENA reinstates the crazy-quilt pacing, whereby dream-like passages surrender abruptly to episodes of screaming hysteria, all of which is essential to any appreciation of the film's dark ambitions.

Romano Albani's sumptuous cinematography transforms the breathtaking Swiss locations into a fairy-tale landscape where monstrous eruptions of violence disturb the illusion of tranquility, and Jennifer Connelly drifts through the narrative in a state of near-hypnotic grace, allowing herself to become ensnared by the machinations of a deformed killer and his/her equally psychotic 'guardian'. True, the longer version is bogged down at times by lengthy dialogue scenes which hold up the plot, and the involvement of Donald Pleasence's chimp is no less misguided than before (its final act of retribution crosses the line into absurdity), but the set-pieces are magnificently realised, and the final 20 minutes are as hair-raising as anything in Argento's ouevre.
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While the description says the running time is 110 minutes, this is actually the edited version which is 80 minutes at the start of the credits. The picture quality is poor (like a copy of an old VHS) and the sound is not much better. Not bad for 5 bucks, but if you are a true fan of the film, keep your eyes open for a full length copy of Phenomena which is harder to find.
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Dario Argento throws in all his trademarks in this horror/fantasy extravaganza.A plain crime story mixed with dream sequences, gore, state of the art camerawork, maggots, fireflies, broken glass, running water, beautiful young girls and a brilliant soundtrack. You name it, it`s all here !
Argento has made a lot of mediocre movies the recent years, but this 1984 movie is a true classic.
The film is presented in 1.66:1 with a DD 5.1 soundtrack. Both picture and sound is good, but nothing spesial.Anchor bay has also thrown in some extras, but nothing very interesting in my opinion. There is a dull commentary with Argento and three of his collaborators in very broken english, a trailer, two music videos,a lousy behind the scenes segment, and a ridiculous Argento interview from a Joe Franklin show. And don`t be fooled to believe that the 28 minutes that is restored in this UNCUT and UNCENSORED version is gore.It is simply the full european version, and all 28 minutes are plain story and character building.No doubt that this cut is much better than the "Creepers" cut, though.
It is the feature itself that makes this disc a must-have.They simply don`t make movies like this anymore ! (Neither does Argento, unfortunately !)
Now I can hardly wait for Anchor Bay to release "Opera" and " Suspiria."
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Yes, CREEPERS is a truncated version of Argento's PHENOMENA. Jennifer Connely is Jennifer Corvino, a young girl at a swiss boarding school w/ the ability to communicate w/ insects telepathically. She also has odd dreams and nightly bouts of somnambulism. Jennifer finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery when a madman begins killing other young girls. With the help of a kindly entomologist (Donald Pleasance), Jennifer sets out to reveal the identity of the killer. I actually like this movie a lot. The idea of "talking" to bugs may sound ridiculous, but it works! Connely is able to pull it off with ease. If you liked SUSPIRIA, then you'll enjoy this one. As in other Argento films, there is a perfect mixture of beauty and savagery. Check it out...
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"Creepers" is a modestly scary and overtly creepy horror film starring the lovely Jennifer Connelly and Donald Pleasence as (surprise!) an eccentric scientist. Connelly is shipped off to a Swiss boarding school in an area that happens to have an insane killer on the loose. She immediately dislikes the leadership at the school, and begins sleepwalking. It turns out that she has telepathic abilities with insects, and becomes fast friends with Pleasence, a wheelchair-bound Scottish professor of entomology. Pleasence also has a helpful chimp as an assist animal, in what seems like a quirk of the plot.

Connelly is disliked by the girls at the school, but is able to turn the tables by summoning her insect friends in a wonderful scene, which is my favorite in the film. After several murders Pleasence and Connelly agree on a strategy in which Connelly will use her insect ESP to detect the murderer. It's a given that this leads to no end of problems for her and Pleasence both. The plot has an interesting twist as the real murderer is unveiled. You may not be surprised, but the revelation is still traumatic and very creepy. The film then has multiple false endings that involve a motorboat, a mutant, an insect swarm, a highly improbable fire, a tearful reunion, and a vengeful chimp (not necessarily in the order in which you would expect).

The film is gross, particularly at the very beginning and very end, and suffers from some bad heavy metal music in inappropriate places, but while it is largely predictable (and Donald Pleasence is his usual hammy self), it is a decent combination of psychological and physical horror that will be pleasing to fans of the genre.
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