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A British writer and an Italian journalist link slayings to a mad piano player and his mother in Rome.
"A STUNNING THRILLER!" -- BBC
"There Is No Better Italian Thriller, Giallo, Detective, Horror, Or Slasher Style Film Than DEEP RED!" -- DVD Verdict
- Interviews with Co-Writer/Director Dario Argento, Co-Writer Bernardino Zapponi and Goblin (Claudio Simonetti, Massimo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli & Agostino Marangolo)
- Italian Theatrical Trailer
- U.S. Theatrical Trailer
- Talent Bios
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While I consider “Suspiria” to be Argento’s masterpiece, “Deep Red” comes a close second in terms of Argento films that I happily watch over and over again. Like many of Argento’s other films, the acting can be stilted at times, and the characters are sometimes the architects of their own demises through their own stupidity (but that seems to be pretty common to horror movies in general).
As with “Suspiria”, the movie is sumptuously filmed, with beautiful locations, gory set-piece murders and a prowling camera providing unique POV shots which were Argento’s signature at the time. It marks the beginning of what I considered to be Argento’s best period, 1975 to 1987.
Where “Deep Red” stands above “Suspiria” and many of his later films is in the quality of its story. While “Suspiria” has the wispiest and most threadbare of plots, “Deep Red” benefits from an engaging whodunit storyline co-written by scriptwriter Bernandino Zapponi, perhaps best known for his collaborations with Federico Fellini.
The reveal of the killer’s identity is one of the best that I have seen. I had to rewind the movie (my first viewing was a rented VHS tape), just to make sure the director didn’t cheat. He didn’t, and the film’s audience was given the same big clue to the identity of the killer that the protagonist (Marcus) overlooked. I rank this movie and its twist ending right up there with “Don’t Look Now” and “The Sixth Sense”.
This limited edition blu-ray is one that fans of Argento, giallo, Italian cinema and horror will want to own. The restoration is stunning in both quality of image and quality of sound. It is a far cry from previous grainy and washed out DVD editions that have come before it. It even shows some improvement in image quality over the previous excellent Blue Underground Blu-ray release.
It contains many archival special features that have come with previous editions, but also comes with an all new photo essay, beautiful packaging including postcard sized lobby cards, a booklet containing essays and a reversible fold out poster. This edition from Arrow is worthy of comparison to anything that the Criterion Collection puts out and will be a treasured addition to any horror hound’s collection.
but i like both Italian and American horror
you can tell in the killing scenes in Dario's films that he likes to do close up shots of the Kills
so you can understand how Italian horror is more Graphic than American Horror
but unfortunately the story/screenplay in His films are weak thou
but that's Italian horror, the killing scenes are very Graphic, but the story/screenplay of his films can be weak
and Deep red is no exception, the Acting is Good-very Good but the screenplay is 50% weak 50% strong
the original Anchor bay release only had the Italian Directors cut version that runs for 126mins UNRATED
i have the Anchor bay release, i bought it years ago before this blu-ray was released
the film is very frustrating to watch cause some scenes are in English and some are in Italian with English subtitles
so the language barrier switches back and forth during the film which is very frustrating to the point
i coudn't watch it all the way through cause it was annoying with the language barrier
English subtitles are tolerable you can either put up with it and try watching the whole film or don't bother watching it.
this Blu-ray release by Blue underground is much better than the Anchor bay release
cause for the first time ever the entire English version is released now to the public on Blu-ray
both the NOT RATED English version and the Italian Directors cut are both on 1 Blu-ray Disc for the first time ever
the English version is about 105mins long, some of the Italian actors have been dubbed in English really well
to the point that i can't really tell.
the Italian version is 126mins long
the blu-ray cover art has chapter selections for both versions
the Italian version is about 23 chapters and the English version is about 19 chapters
so there are some scenes missing from the English version that are only in the Italian version
check the chapter selection and compare yourself
the Italian version has English subtitles anyway so watch the Italian version if you're a mad fan
otherwise the English version is fine with me
i have watched some scenes from both and both versions have been given full HD transfers
in a brand new 7.1 surround sound so you're definitely getting the best of both versions.
there are no new extras at all, you get the same extras as from the Anchor bay release
10mins interview with Dario argento and some other crew, it's the same featurette from the Anchor bay release
so nothing new there
but you get both versions on 1 blu-ray Disc with all new HD transfers
the English version is only available on this blu-ray along with the Italian version
so better off buying this blu-ray version and scrapping the old Anchor bay release
definitely time for an upgrade and get the new blu-ray version.
definitely worth the money for sure.