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Suspiria (1977)

Jessica Harper , Stefania Casini , Dario Argento  |  NR |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (470 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Flavio Bucci, Miguel Bosé, Barbara Magnolfi
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Writers: Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Thomas De Quincey
  • Producers: Claudio Argento, Salvatore Argento
  • Format: Anamorphic, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (DTS ES 6.1), English (THX Surround EX), Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround), French (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles: French, Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2001
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (470 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005ASOI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #165,336 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Suspiria" on IMDb

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  • Daemonia Music Video

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Outside of devoted cult audiences, many Americans have yet to discover the extremely stylish, relentlessly terrifying Italian horror genre, or the films of its talented virtuoso, Dario Argento. Suspiria, part one of a still-uncompleted trilogy (the luminously empty Inferno was the second), is considered his masterpiece by Argento devotees but also doubles as a perfect starting point for those unfamiliar with the director or his genre. The convoluted plot follows an American dancer (Jessica Harper) from her arrival at a European ballet school to her discovery that it's actually a witches coven; but, really, don't worry about that too much. Argento makes narrative subservient to technique, preferring instead to assault the senses and nervous system with mood, atmosphere, illusory gore, garish set production, a menacing camera, and perhaps the creepiest score ever created for a movie. It's essentially a series of effectively unsettling set pieces--a raging storm that Harper should have taken for an omen, and a blind man attacked by his own dog are just two examples--strung together on a skeleton structure. But once you've seen it, you'll never forget it. --Dave McCoy

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89 of 96 people found the following review helpful
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The premise as most know a girl Suzy Banyon, an American ballet dancer arrives at a well known European dance academy run by mysterious teachers where nothing is as it seems. As Suzy arrives at night in a horrible thunder and lightening storm a girl is leaving in a frenzy yelling a secret into the night, what follows is as Entertainment Weekly calls "the most vicious murder scene ever filmed".

Director Dario Argento "paints" an effective horror story, he puts relatable people in relatable situations so we can buy into his film. Then very cleverly has dreamlike sets bursting with colors, we as viewers subconsciously know something isn't right and I believe this use of color subtly keeps us on edge. Even the title of the film, What is Suspiria? I googled it to find it is a film by Dario Argento, so even the title has us subconsciously unsure going in. Although I could be wrong on that. Then add an unrelenting, nerve wracking, and haunting score by Goblin (one of the most effective I've experienced). We enter with Suzy into this academy and we know something isn't right, we are experiencing what she is, it is like a dream and maybe nothing is wrong, and with the blink of an eye this dream becomes a nightmare, we can stop the dvd but what is Suzy going to do?

To upgrade or not to upgrade. The first set of features are also what you get on the single disc anchorbaby dvd still available for 10$.
English (DTS 6.1)
English (Dolby Digital 6.1)
English (Dolby Digital 2.0) Not available on the single disc
Italian (Dolby Digital 2.0)
French (Dolby Digital 2.0)

Features (All on Anchorbay single disc)
# Anamorphic Widescreen 2.
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77 of 86 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The last word in fear. September 30, 2001
For those of us who think that Wes Craven is the master of the horror genre, we can think again. I'm speaking these words after watching "Suspiria," one of the most frightening and terrifying horror movies ever made. Created by Italian director Dario Argento, the movie manages to be menacing and gory at the same time, and Argento fills his canvas with a vast array of vivid yet bizarre colors, eerie lighting and camera techniques, and a soundtrack to top all horror soundtracks. In short, this is one hell of a scary movie!
The plot is a basic one, more of a vehicle for Argento's explorative imagination. It begins with a storm, as young Susy Banyon (Jessica Harper) arrives in Germany to attend ballet school. Argento wastes no time in creating a sense of unease, from her cab ride to the school, as she watches the colors of street lights in the pouring rain, to the gruesome and outright malicious murder of a runaway student. All of this happens within the first ten minutes, which should be a message of what lies ahead (in other words, be prepared).
The movie then takes us to the school itself, a dazzling array of vivid colors and elaborate set pieces that put the house in Robert Wise's "The Haunting" to shame. Susy is shown the many rooms and introduced to the staff and students, though discovers that she will be rooming off campus. That is, until she begins to get suspicious about strange occurrences, and the staff relocates her to the premises. Her suspicions mount higher, and she begins to wonder if there isn't more to the ladies that run the academy.
You may find yourself forgetting the plot behind all of this mayhem, but that's perfectly reasonable, given the fact that Argento seems to be more interested in attacking our minds than provoking them.
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74 of 93 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stylish, beautiful, and mesmerising November 18, 2001
I first saw Suspiria a few years ago as a VHS rental but I couldn't remember too much about it. But suddenly, the world of Italian horror has been broken wide open so I picked up this three disk limited edition. Watching Suspiria is sort of like dreaming awake. Colored lighting is used to great effect and the sound track just sort of lulls one into submission. The plot makes about as much sense as a dream, that is to say, the movie all makes sense while watching but looses cohesion quickly once one returns to the "real" world. I think that is why I only remember watching the VHS rental but not too much of the movie.
The three disc set includes a newly made documentary and a Goblin soundtrack from the movie. The documentary suffers from subtitles that are sometimes washed out against a light background. Otherwise, it is informative. The Goblin CD is a lot fun to listen to and I find myself humming the main theme all the time. Unfortunately, I do not find a listing for the names of the songs. The main disk also includes trailers and radio spots and a Goblin music video of Demonia, which appears to be the main theme song.
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5.0 out of 5 stars beautiful October 26, 2001
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I've rented the old vhs copy of this movie several times before.. it's one of my favorite horror films. The music, the atmosphere, everything. But, if you're even curious about this dvd, then chances are, i don't have to sell you on the film itself. How does the dvd look and sound? Its almost like watching a completely different movie from the one that i've rented. The transfer is near perfect. With the masterful composition of the images in this film and the vivid colors used, you owe it to yourself to see this disc. The film shouldn't be seen any other way, unless you find it playing on the big screen.. but even then, i doubt you'll get a better looking image than this.
The ingenious score, by Goblin (who does the music for many of Argento's films), has been beautifully remastered. The mix itself is incredible. i guess i can't quit saying good things about this disc. just buy it. i promise you won't be disappointed.
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1.0 out of 5 stars One Star
It failed to work... I had to send it back
Published 21 days ago by Marc A. Broncucia
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best Version of Supiria Available for Region 1 (USA) players.
Sure enough, this is a Region 1 disk and it really does play on my Sony Blu-ray player here in the USA. The 1080i transfer is great. The color is great. The sound is awesome. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Stephen W. Templar
1.0 out of 5 stars need a special blu ray player to watch this movie!!!
it was not made obvious that this is NOT a region 1 release blu ray. you need a open region player to play this movie. Read more
Published 1 month ago by expert_101
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy
Not a bad movie for its' time, more suspenseful than scary and kind of creepy. Was entertaining for modern day but only because effects have come so far
Published 1 month ago by GnateP
3.0 out of 5 stars Creepy but not all that scary
It might have been more effective with better actors and with blood that was more realistic. Still, there is great music and some general creepiness.
Published 1 month ago by Viva
5.0 out of 5 stars Argento is brilliant!
Good movie for the 70's. I recommend this horror fan lovers! Argento did a great job on this movie and I have to buy Inferno next!
Published 2 months ago by Rayna Robles
5.0 out of 5 stars The Mother Of Sighs
I have read recently on imdb that Argento is remaking Suspiria; a golden opportunity to add to the storyline and turn it into a Giallo with a co-conspirator and call it Suspiria 2. Read more
Published 2 months ago by cirenelle
1.0 out of 5 stars oh my
I was researching the scariest movies of all time, trying to find a good one for my husband. Suspiria was consistently at the top of the list, no matter what site I searched. Read more
Published 3 months ago by denise
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic horror
This is a very good Classic horror splatter type movie, Jessica Harper is very pretty and plays her character well in this film. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jerry G
4.0 out of 5 stars My favorite film by the Italian director
This film has one of the best soundtracks I've ever heard and visually it's like being pulled into a vortex with the wonderful lighting effects and the acting is great, I love this... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Jason A.
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Should I buy the 2-disc or the 3-disc?
The Anchor Bay 3-Disc (which is now out-of-print) contained all of the bonus features presented here in the new Blue Underground 2 Disc version, plus a CD featuring the soundtrack. The soundtrack alone is worth tracking down the 3-Disc version (featuring some of the creepiest horror music I've... Read More
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A little late, but the Anchor Bay disc does not have subtitles, but it does offer closed captioning.
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