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  • 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)
  • Subtitles: English
  • 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: 110 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (138 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IBRI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #291,289 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Phenomena" on IMDb

Special Features

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

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Out of all three movies directed by Dario Argento that I have seen so far, this is the best one.
Jeremy Matthew Brown
The plot is quite absurd, but more interesting than most of his other films, and it's got a very entertaining climax, with a bunch of deliriously weird twists.
General Zombie
Perhaps one of Dario Argento's most bizarre films ever, Phenomena is pure 80s horror fun, with brilliant moments and a killer score.
A. Salas

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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful By Libretio on January 22, 2000
Format: DVD
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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14 of 18 people found the following review helpful By Knut Kristiansen on May 3, 2001
Format: DVD
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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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By General Zombie on October 10, 2004
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
Simply put, this film is pretty messed up. I don't know quite how seriously we are supposed to take all this, as the various plot elements and twists are just so bizarre and/or silly. Part of me would like to believe that this is supposed to be a whole lot more light-hearted than Argento's other fare, but I don't really believe this is the case. (I certainly could be wrong, though) So, in the end, I suspect this was just a severe misstep on Argento's part, but it's an entertaining misstep, at least.

This film combines Giallo with supernatural elements, to odd effect. The basic setup is that a 14 or so year old American girl, Jennifer Corvino, is sent off to a fancy private girls-school in Switzerland, whereabouts a maniac killer is slaughtering young girls. Also, Jennifer sleepwalks, and has a telepathic connection with insects.(!) Naturally, she and Scottish entomoloigist, Dr. Somethingorother, who just happens to be in the area, determine that they must catch the killer, with the help of the insects.(!) This may sound a bit more complicated than most of Argento's other fare, and it is, which leads to the main problem with the film- too much plot, not enough killing. The acting is something of a mixed-bag, as it tends to be in Argento's films. Donald Pleasance, as the entomologist, gives the best performance in the film. He's likable, and quite restrained by his standards. Sadly, he has a smaller part than I'd imagined. A very young Jennifer Connelly (Dark City, A Beautiful Mind) plays the lead, and suffice to say she is a much better actress now than she was then. She's not terrible, but pretty flat and bored much of the time. (It's interesting to note that she was 14 at the time, approximately the same age as the character she was playing.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Michael A. Corneiller on January 26, 2012
Format: Blu-ray
If you are reading this, you're already familiar with this classic masterpiece.
What I didn't know before I gambled and purchased the Blu-ray version of PHENOMENA (originally titled CREEPERS), I know now and would like to share with prospective buyers:
Yes, this is the extended version (110 minutes)
Yes, it plays on my Region 1 Blu-ray player
Yes, the picture is magnificent.
If you love this film, as I do, THIS is the copy to own.
Enjoy.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on March 8, 1999
Format: VHS Tape
What more could you want from a horror movie? A pretty schoolgirl who commands armies of insects, a knife wielding serial killer, a deformed boy kept chained to a wall in the attic, a vengeful helper monkey with a razor blade, Donald Pleasence, delirious camerawork, blindingly gorgeous cinematography, pulsating music, characters who behave strangely for no particular reason, lots of pockets of glowing blue light (see where X-Files got some of their aesthetic ideas), surreally graphic violence, beautiful scenery, it's all right here. Sure, it's not Dario Argento's best work, but it's his most eccentric. Besides, why not watch a real horror film instead of Scream?
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