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Phenomena

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Original Dario Argento horror script staring the up and coming beautiful Jennifer Connely. That cover shot is awesome!

Special Features

  • Behind-the-scenes segment
  • Music video by Claudio Simonetti
  • Music video by 'Bill Wyman'
  • Interview with Dario Argento by Joe Franklin

Product Details

  • Actors: Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Daria Nicolodi, Fiore Argento, Federica Mastroianni
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Writers: Dario Argento, Franco Ferrini
  • Producers: Dario Argento, Angelo Iacono
  • Format: Color, Dolby, Letterboxed, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 16, 1999
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00000IBRI
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #109,060 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Phenomena" on IMDb

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While the description says the running time is 110 minutes, this is actually the edited version which is 80 minutes at the start of the credits. The picture quality is poor (like a copy of an old VHS) and the sound is not much better. Not bad for 5 bucks, but if you are a true fan of the film, keep your eyes open for a full length copy of Phenomena which is harder to find.
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PHENOMENA

(Italy - 1984)

Aspect ratio: 1.66:1
Theatrical soundtrack: Dolby Stereo

Originally edited for US consumption and released under the title CREEPERS, the full-length version of Dario Argento's masterwork reveals the method in his madness. Whereas the edited version was a fast-moving collage of half-baked themes which evoked nothing of any significance, PHENOMENA reinstates the crazy-quilt pacing, whereby dream-like passages surrender abruptly to episodes of screaming hysteria, all of which is essential to any appreciation of the film's dark ambitions.

Romano Albani's sumptuous cinematography transforms the breathtaking Swiss locations into a fairy-tale landscape where monstrous eruptions of violence disturb the illusion of tranquility, and Jennifer Connelly drifts through the narrative in a state of near-hypnotic grace, allowing herself to become ensnared by the machinations of a deformed killer and his/her equally psychotic 'guardian'. True, the longer version is bogged down at times by lengthy dialogue scenes which hold up the plot, and the involvement of Donald Pleasence's chimp is no less misguided than before (its final act of retribution crosses the line into absurdity), but the set-pieces are magnificently realised, and the final 20 minutes are as hair-raising as anything in Argento's ouevre.
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Yes, CREEPERS is a truncated version of Argento's PHENOMENA. Jennifer Connely is Jennifer Corvino, a young girl at a swiss boarding school w/ the ability to communicate w/ insects telepathically. She also has odd dreams and nightly bouts of somnambulism. Jennifer finds herself in the middle of a murder mystery when a madman begins killing other young girls. With the help of a kindly entomologist (Donald Pleasance), Jennifer sets out to reveal the identity of the killer. I actually like this movie a lot. The idea of "talking" to bugs may sound ridiculous, but it works! Connely is able to pull it off with ease. If you liked SUSPIRIA, then you'll enjoy this one. As in other Argento films, there is a perfect mixture of beauty and savagery. Check it out...
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I'm a big Dario Argento fan particularly of his output starting with "Bird with a Crystal Plumage" up through the ferocious 1987 film "Opera". While his films after "Opera" in my eyes saw a increasingly depressing drop in quality that unfortunately continues to this day, those films from BWTCP up through and including Opera are all great films that are just stunning to watch purely from a craft & filmmaking standpoint. "Phenomena" was released in 1985 to lukewarm reviews as the film was just so out there from a purely stylistic standpoint that many people didn't quite know to make of it. It also didn't help that in America almost an entire half hour was cut out of the film for its release under the alternate title "Creepers". You had a 13 year old Jennifer Connelly who could communicate with insects, Donald Pleasance with a pet monkey that was also his helper and a dwarf killer running around murdering young girls at an all girl school in Switzerland where the film is set to name a few of the delightful oddities that make this film so much fun. I can't neglect to mention the heavy metal soundtrack that plays along with most of the murder scenes too. The film is also puncuated with his trademark over-the-top graphic violence throughout. While I don't think it's Dario's best film, it is my personal favorite movie of his that I come back to the most.

Prior to this blu ray release, Anchor Bay had released the 110 minute Europeran cut of the film first in non-anamorphic widescreen DVD and then with a new anamorphic transfer that also preserved the film's original 1.66:1 theatrical aspect ratio. What some people didn't realize at the time was that there was still a longer Italian cut that was close to 116 minutes in length.
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Dario Argento throws in all his trademarks in this horror/fantasy extravaganza.A plain crime story mixed with dream sequences, gore, state of the art camerawork, maggots, fireflies, broken glass, running water, beautiful young girls and a brilliant soundtrack. You name it, it`s all here !
Argento has made a lot of mediocre movies the recent years, but this 1984 movie is a true classic.
The film is presented in 1.66:1 with a DD 5.1 soundtrack. Both picture and sound is good, but nothing spesial.Anchor bay has also thrown in some extras, but nothing very interesting in my opinion. There is a dull commentary with Argento and three of his collaborators in very broken english, a trailer, two music videos,a lousy behind the scenes segment, and a ridiculous Argento interview from a Joe Franklin show. And don`t be fooled to believe that the 28 minutes that is restored in this UNCUT and UNCENSORED version is gore.It is simply the full european version, and all 28 minutes are plain story and character building.No doubt that this cut is much better than the "Creepers" cut, though.
It is the feature itself that makes this disc a must-have.They simply don`t make movies like this anymore ! (Neither does Argento, unfortunately !)
Now I can hardly wait for Anchor Bay to release "Opera" and " Suspiria."
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