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The young Jennifer Corvino (played by Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly, in one of her first film roles) is sent to a private Swiss academy for girls where a vicious killer is on the loose, brutally murdering students. Jennifer is a gifted girl with the strange ability to communicate with insects, and Dr. McGregor (Donald Pleasence, John Carpenter's HALLOWEEN series, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK) enlists her to help locate the killer. Jennifer finds herself in a bizarre murder plot with maggots, mutants, and razor-wielding chimpanzee mayhem! Can she uncover the killer's identity before becoming a victim herself? Daria Nicolodi (TENEBRAE) and Fiore Argento (DEMONS) also star in this strange, unique and gory film from Italy's Master of Horror, Dario Argento. PHENOMENA also features fantastic soundtrack music from progressive-rock favorite Goblin, British Heavy Metal masters Motörhead & Iron Maiden, Andi Sex Gang, Bill Wyman and Simon Boswell!
Synapse Films is proud to present Dario Argento's PHENOMENA on a 2-disc Blu-ray containing THREE different cuts of the film re-mastered in stunning high-definition
- THREE different cuts of PHENOMENA, all available in high-definition for the first time ever in one collector's edition package!
- Audio Commentary Track on PHENOMENA (110 Version) from Argento scholar and author, Derek Botelho and film historian, journalist and radio/television commentator, David Del Valle
- Two completely different sound mix options on PHENOMENA (110 Minute Version), including the original 2.0 stereo mix, along with a rare alternate mix containing different sound effects and music cues
- English/Italian Hybrid Audio and Complete Italian Audio Options for PHENOMENA (116 Minute Version)
- DARIO ARGENTO'S WORLD OF HORROR Documentary. A fascinating look at the early films of director Dario Argento, including PHENOMENA, SUSPIRIA, DEMONS, DAWN OF THE DEAD, INFERNO and many more! Containing candid interviews and awesome behind-the-scenes footage, DARIO ARGENTO'S WORLD OF HORROR gives us a look into the mind of Italy's Master of Horror and is an essential viewing experience for all Argento fans.
- Interview with Andi Sex Gang
- PHENOMENA International Theatrical Trailer
- CREEPERS U.S. Theatrical Trailer & Radio Spots
- Optional English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard for Hearing on PHENOMENA (110 Minute Version)and CREEPERS Version)
- Multiple optional subtitle selections on PHENOMENA (116 Minute Version), including one for just the foreign English language segments of the hybrid version, complete English subtitles for the entire feature, and complete English subtitles for the Italian version of the film.
"Though Argento's plot is often confused and grotesque, he has a remarkably energetic visual style (mobile camera, slow-motion, careful lighting, creative editing) that is never boring." ---TV Guide
"Phenomena (a.k.a. Creepers) provides what is alternately Argento's most batty and spiritual landscape...Argento s insect fantasia is otherworldly. (Is it a coincidence that Connelly followed her role here with the lead in Jim Henson s classic Labyrinth?) Phenomena s finale is outrageous, a combination of grotesque Freudian pathologies unleashed, evocations of chimp love, a gruesome finger loss and a wicked decapitation." ---Slant Magazine
"Phenomena may not be as consistent as Argento's masterpieces but it's frequently fantastic and deserves a reappraisal" ---SciFiNow
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So it was that when I first had the chance to see films created by Italian director Dario Argento it was long before he was considered a cinematic genius. These films were coming to us mainly via video rather than theatrical showings in the Midwest. And while it was good that they were available there were issues with that format. Companies that handled many of his films released poor editions of them using terrible prints to strike the tape. A number were just tossed out by companies who folded within a year or so making finding some of these titles hard to find.
I mention this because the first time I saw Argento’s film PHENOMENA it was under the American title CREEPERS. The copy was promoted well with a great ad campaign but the end result wasn’t what I had hoped for. The picture was a bit fuzzy at times with a haphazard clarity to it. The end result was I enjoyed it but felt there could have been more to it.
When I heard that Synapse was in the process of restoring several Argento films, including this one, I was excited for it to arrive. Synapse has shown a great respect for the source material and realizes that fans are seeking only the best when it comes to these releases. They don’t disappoint with this one.
The story revolves around a young woman named Jennifer Corvino (Jennifer Connelly), the daughter of an American actor who arrives at an all-girls school in Switzerland. What the school isn’t aware of is that Jennifer suffers from deep sleepwalking and it isn’t long before she finds herself in danger because of it. On one such night she wakes in the woods near the home of entomologist John McGregor (Donald Pleasance). McGregor is bound to a wheelchair but has assistance in the form of a chimpanzee named Inga. While they wait for her ride home, McGregor takes notice of the ease Jennifer has with the insects in his home, as if she has the ability to communicate with them.
Returned to the school Jennifer is tested and the results are she begins to see things from the previous night, things she didn’t experience but was able to witness. It turns out she does indeed have the ability to communicate with insects and she’s now witness to the acts of a murderer of young women in the area.
After the murder of her roommate, Jennifer has another bout of sleepwalking that leads her to find a maggot covered glove. Taking it to McGregor, he hopes to study the maggots and discover where they came from, a location that could help solve the murders taking place.
Jennifer is taunted by her fellow classmates which results in her bringing a swarm of flies to cover the school. The headmistress decides it’s best to send Jennifer to an asylum but before she can do so Jennifer escapes and heads to the home of McGregor. With one of the maggots now a fly, he places it in a glass cage and allows Jennifer to use it to direct her to the home of the psychopath.
More murders take place, more secrets are revealed and a shocking ending is on hand here that will leave you gaping and stunned. Unless you’re like me with my dark sense of humor in which case you’ll be satisfied with the end but laughing out loud as well.
The movie is one of the easiest to follow and loses very little in the translation like many foreign films do. Argento has a keen eye for visuals and that has always made his films more accessible than most. While the bright colors of many of the horror films from Italy aren’t on hand here, the giallo style is mixed in as we see the gloved hands of the killer from time to time.
Synapse has done an amazing job here. Not only are we presented with the film in the best format possible, there are three version of it packaged here. There is the original version of the film that runs 110 minutes, the English version of the film that runs 116 minutes and the aforementioned version of the film CREEPERS as well. This is the first time that these films have all been presented in high definition format and it shows. When the first images hit the screen while I watched I was stunned at how clear they were, especially recalling my first time seeing the movie on video and the fuzziness I mentioned. That’s all gone and as a fan I was thrilled to finally see a perfect copy of the film.
The extras on hand here are fantastic as well. Included are:
-An audio commentary track on the 110 minute version from Argento scholar and author Derek Botelho and film historian, journalist and radio/TV commentator David Del Valle
-Two completely different sound mix options
-The documentary DARIO ARGENTO’S WORLD OF HORROR looking at the films of Argento
-An interview with Andi Sex Gang, a band featured in the soundtrack
-Theatrical trailers for both PHENOMENA and CREEPERS
This is a package that any Argento fan will find a must have for their collections. Horror fans should make a point of watching the film and taking the time to discover who Argento was if they haven’t done so already. And movie fans can find the film an enjoyable time as well. If you don’t add this one to your collections you’ll regret it eventually.