The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
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In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage a film which redefined the 'giallo' genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom.
Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante, We Own the Night), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi, Funeral in Berlin) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorizing Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall, Spasmo)...
A staggeringly assured debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage establishes the key traits that would define Argento's filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in the West), this landmark film has never looked or sounded better in this new, 4K-restored edition from Arrow Video!
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Good print great audio, theres sparse but good extras too
If you like Agatha Christies stories, and/or are into Hitchcock this movie is going to BLOW YOUR MIND...
Not to mention the creepiest music score ever written.
If you like this I also recommend watching: 1) Blood and Black Lace 2) The Girl Who Knew too Much 3) Tenebre 4) Macabre 5) Torso 6) A Blade in the Dark.----Enjoy it!
Suzy Kendall and Enrico Maria Salerno gave great supporting roles as well. I think Eva Renzi is great in anything. But, I enjoyed Mario Adorf most of all as the eccentric, "cat loving" artist.
I would highly recommend this film to anyone. Every time I revisit The Bird With the Crystal Plumage, I find I like it even more. I would put it right up there with my other Argento favorites. (Deep Red, Tenebrae, Suspiria)
The VCI Blu Ray has good picture quality, and fine sound quality. The only special features are the theatrical trailer, and the original soundtrack. The soundtrack is a feature on the Blu Ray, and not an additional CD disc.
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Lots of good extras and a beautiful restoration.