Suspiria (Two-Disc Special Edition)
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"Terrifying, Brilliant And Chilling!" -- Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
- Disc 1 Extras:
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spot
- Radio Spots
- "Suspiria" Music Video by Daemonia
- Poster & Still Gallery
- Talent Bios
- Disc 2 Extras:
- "SUSPIRIA: 25th Anniversary" - Interviews with Co-Writer/Director Dario Argento, Co-Writer Daria Nicolodi, Cinematographer Luciano Tovoli, Composers Goblin (Claudio Simonetti, Massimo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli & Agostino Marangolo), and Stars Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini & Udo Kier
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
The defense of Argento you're most likely to hear is that the movies don't NEED to make perfect sense. What Argento has done is to create an atmosphere that is more dreamlike than grounded in reality. In that sense, they definitely have a more nightmarish feel than most horror movies, which tend to be bland, formulaic, or beholden to useless exposition.
Argento appeals to raw sensuality, primal fear, and the unsettling feeling of un-reality. And Suspiria is probably his most effective movie in this sense. The American prints of his movies have always been re-edited, cut, and underbaked. Anchor Bay has fixed this with their stunning series of Argento movies. Seeing this version of Suspiria was like seeing it for the first time. The color schemes are gorgeous, saturared, and haunting. The print is crisp. And perhaps most importantly, we can finally see the movie the way it was meant to be seen.
If you just can't turn off that analytic instinct when you watch his movies, maybe they just aren't for you. But if you want to take in an incredibly atmospheric horror film that plays with basic horror elements to produce something imaginative, strange and terrifying, then this is a must see. The movies DO make sense-- perfect sense, in fact. It just might not become clear on the first viewing. Like a bad dream, it can be loosely structured. But still plenty scary.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Use to watch this as a kid, Dario argentos masterpiece. A violent bloody fairy tale.Published 7 days ago by Margarita G. Gutierrez
It's an Argento classic. Quality picture. What more do you want?Published 2 months ago by Michael J. Posey
Image quality is immensely superior to the trash DVD which is available in the US.Published 2 months ago by H. Bustani
WHEN THE BLOODY HECK ARE WE GOING TO GET AN AMERICAN BLURAY RELEASE OF THE PENULTIMATE ITALIAN HORROR FILM????????Published 2 months ago by MJBG666
Excellent DVD of an excellent film. The image quality and the sound are both very much intact which is important with this surreal visual horror film. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't understand the hype. If you are looking for something 'different' and 'colorful' then this is certainly right up your alley. Read morePublished 3 months ago by avatar136
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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
Jun 16, 2008 by rabidgoatboy | See all 3 posts
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Dec 8, 2010 by DangitMeng JCC | See all 7 posts
A little late, but the Anchor Bay disc does not have subtitles, but it does offer closed captioning.
May 18, 2011 by Tommy D. Strong | See all 3 posts
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