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Suspiria (Three Disc Limited Edition) (1977)

Jessica Harper , Stefania Casini , Dario Argento  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (462 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, Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Limited Edition, THX, 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: Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: September 11, 2001
  • Run Time: 92 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (462 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005LQ04
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #180,739 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Suspiria (Three Disc Limited Edition)" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Disc 1:
  • Feature Film
  • TV and Radio Spots
  • Daemonia Music Video
  • Poster and Stills Gallery
  • Disc 2:
  • Suspiria 25th Anniversary: an all new 52 minute documentary
  • Disc 3:
  • Original Goblin Soundtrack CD

Editorial Reviews

The Definitive Version of Dario Argento's Horror Masterpiece...Uncut, Uncensored And Remastered From The Original Negative!

Jessica Harper stars as Suzy Banyon, a young American ballet dancer who arrives at a prestigious European dance academy run by the mysterious Madame Blanc (Joan Bennett) and Miss Tanner (Alida Valli). But when a series of bizarre incidents and horrific crimes (including what Entertainment Weekly calls "the most vicious murder scene ever filmed") turn the school into a waking nightmare of the damned, Suzy must escape the academy's unspeakable secret of supernatural evil.

Experience the most shocking and hallucinatory horror movie in history as you've never seen or heard it before, now featuring the fully remastered landmark score by Goblin and a heart-stopping new film transfer supervised by director Dario Argento and cinematographer Luciano Tovoli. This is the definitive version of SUSPIRIA, an aria of terror beyond imagination and one of the most extraordinary horror films ever made.

This is a Limited Edition 3 Disc Set (60,000 Only) that contains an exclusive 52 Minute Documentary with all new cast & crew interviews, and the Original CD Soundtrack by Goblin.

Includes a 32 Page Booklet with photos and an interview with star Jessica Harper, and nine 5x7 lobby card reproductions.

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86 of 93 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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76 of 84 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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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Read this review. February 5, 2000
Format:VHS Tape
There are two versions of Suspiria and only two. (Not including television, which I do not consider a version, and not including anything Dario Argenti might have in his closet). The one on the Magnum label, perhaps out of print, is the complete film. The one sold here is a tolerable version. Essentially the following scenes are of questionable completeness: do we have the full opening scenes murder of the girls in the Tanz Akadamie? No version shows a "heart being yanked out". A knife is thrust into a beating heart...hardly the same thing. Do we have the full scene of the blind man killed in the square? Do we have the full ending? The last of the three is indeed where editing most sorely hurts. This is somewhat odd since the first two gore scenes are the more shockingly violent. The ending of edited versions feels rushed compared to the rest of the movie, whose pace is refreshingly slow. I disagree vehemently with those who attack the writing and the plot. The plot makes perfect sense. Here are some clues to its meaning: Jessica Harper's character is not entirely innocent.
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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 1 day 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 6 days ago by Jason A.
5.0 out of 5 stars A mixture of visuals and sounds
Argento is about how he uses colors and sounds more than anything else. If you're looking for an involved plot, horror isn't precisely the genre for that, anyway. Read more
Published 1 month ago by withered wombat
5.0 out of 5 stars Masterpiece
The pinnacle of Dario Argento's films, the perfect introduction to the Italian style of horror, the visuals are stunning, the deaths are brutal, and the music is great.
Published 1 month ago by Magik8Baul
4.0 out of 5 stars good flick
loved this film when i saw it in college and again now. its a nice intro into Italian horror movies.
Published 2 months ago by kenya
5.0 out of 5 stars ... you can run from Suspiria...
I'm a audio / video geek.
I grew up with Mr. Argento's Suspira on VHS.
All I have to say is GREAT PICTUE AND SOUND for this DVD! Read more
Published 2 months ago by Michael Hurley
5.0 out of 5 stars Red Blood Drips
Argento's best known film is probably his most expressive. This is a gem to look at with all it's lush Italian colors seeping out like a blood covered canvas. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Bartok Kinski
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the five best Horror Films ever
Will never forget the first time I saw Suspiria at a grindhouse theatre in Times Square. The movie was getting great reviews so it was a must see. What a classic. Mesmorizing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by houston texas
5.0 out of 5 stars Welcome to a House of Witches and Nightmares
Suspiria ranks in the top 10 for the scariest and best horror films of all time. Dario Argento has yet to top the success of this film. Read more
Published 4 months ago by zomboy69
4.0 out of 5 stars Susperia...
This movie was recommended by a friend with a warning that, as a foreign horror film, it would be "different". Read more
Published 6 months ago by Richard P. Shanahan
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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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