DEEP RED [Blu-ray]
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Dario Argento's Thrilling Masterpiece – Now Available in the Uncensored English Version! An English jazz pianist living in Rome witnesses the brutal hatchet murder of a renowned psychic and is quickly drawn into the savage crime. With the help of a tenacious female reporter, the pair track a twisted trail of deranged clues and relentless violence towards a shocking climax that has ripped screams from the throats of audiences for more than 35 years! DEEP RED stars David Hemmings (GLADIATOR, BLOW-UP) and Daria Nicolodi (PHENOMENA, SHOCK), and is widely considered by both fans and critics alike to be Dario Argento's true masterpiece. Now this classic shocker has been newly transferred in stunning High Definition from its original camera negative, and is presented here in the Uncensored English Version for the first time ever!
"A Bona Fide Classic... The Final Word In Stylish Murder Mysteries!" -- Mondo Digital
"A Giallo Masterpiece! DEEP RED Has Very Few Equals In The Realm Of Suspense And Style!" -- HorrorDigital
"A Stunning Thriller! A Film That Sits In Your Mind Long After It's Over!" -- BBC
"A Tour-De-Force Thriller! A Stunning Journey Through A Shadow Labyrinth Of Repressed Memories And Madness!" -- Eccentric Cinema
"There Is No Better Italian Thriller, Giallo, Detective, Horror, Or Slasher Style Film Than DEEP RED!" -- DVD Verdict
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Psychic Helga Ulmann (Macha Meril) feels too much too often and gains the unwanted attention of a killer who realizes she knows too much and must be eliminated. Jazz pianist/teacher Marcus Daly (David Hemmings), out for a stroll, witnesses the murder of the psychic and immediately tampers with the murder scene. Naturally, the police are suspicious of his actions and grill him for four hours. Against better judgment and logic, Daly decides to investigate the murder on his own. Regrettably, he is soon saddled with a nosy sidekick, reporter Gianna Brezzi (Daria Nicolodi), who just wants to help. The more Daly digs the more he learns and every time he learns something, he inadvertently prompts more brutal murders.......all leading inexorably to a blood-soaked showdown with the killer.
Love this movie. It is incredibly stylish, with a bold use of color and sweeping camerawork. The story is well thought out. The murders are fabulously gruesome.
(This review is for the 126 minute uncut and uncensored version of the film.)
obvious flair for the dramatic, and his visual style is a lot more polished
than what you find in your typical slasher flick.
His overall theme is the loss of innocence. His characters have troubled
pasts, but his real subject is his setting, Rome. Life in this once great
city has become too complex and too confusing in modern times. It's noisy,
it's dirty, it's sleazy. The lead couple, played by David Hemmings and
Daria Nicolodi, argue about women's lib. Hemmings' best friend turns out to
be a homosexual, which seems to make him uncomfortable. A German Jewish
psychic is given a Jewish burial in Catholic Rome. And, of course, a mad
slasher is on the loose. All the while, ancient Roman statues loom in
Argento's backgrounds, underlining how much simpler and nobler life used to
It might be chauvinistic to make comparisons between Argento's style and
Italian opera, but the comparison is unavoidable. His famous kill scenes
are meticulously and beautifully staged. You never really notice how grisly
some of them are because they're so elegant.
I'm watching the Blue Underground release of this movie. It looks pretty
good to me. Details are sharp, colors are rich. Some of the sound recording
in the first few minutes is still sub-par, but once past the opening mind-
reading scene, the dubbed English soundtrack is entirely acceptable. As far
as I can tell, this release is the complete version of Deep Red. It's not
the butchered US version called The Hatchet Murders. (I know because I'm
sorry to say I own the lousy US version, too.)
The Goblin soundtrack sounds absolutely great on this release. This weird
fusion music is just as bizarre and original now as it was in 1975. You can
tell that John Carpenter probably had this music in mind when he scored his
own classic slasher flick Halloween a few years later.
The plot's a little flimsy, and I have to say that the inexperienced
actress Daria Nicolodi wasn't quite ready to handle a major role at this
point in her career. Other than those quibbles, Deep Red is clearly a
classic horror film that deserves a place on any DVD collector's top shelf.
Picture quality is good for a film this old. Every now and then I felt like the film grain was "flashing" for lack of a better term, but it was not very often.
As far as audio goes I found it equally as pleasing as the video. Goblin's soundtrack sounded great as well as sound effects and dialogue, in both the English and Italian versions
The special features are definitely the worst part of the disc. There is one interview with Argento and the producers/writers that is about 15 minutes long, then two boring music videos: one by the present-day Goblin in what appears to be someone's home studio, and another made probably in the 90s/early 00s by a band I'd never heard of that features some pretty awful special effects.
Overall, the disc is worth it for the film itself. Not necessarily something you would use to show off the marvels of Blu Ray quality, but it's definitely a great looking Blu ray.
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