- 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, Original recording remastered, Special Edition, Widescreen, NTSC
- Language: Danish, English, German, Italian
- Rated: Not RatedUnrated
- Number of tapes: 1
- Studio: Anchor Bay
- VHS Release Date: February 16, 1999
- Run Time: 116 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars See all reviews (183 customer reviews)
- ASIN: 0764005685
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #246,524 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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(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.
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.Read more ›
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."
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I watched about 20 minutes of it and then turned it off. I wish I could get my money back.Published 3 months ago by Nubian Princess
What's so Shocking about this movie is the 5 star ratings. This is a horrible after school , goonies lame special. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Route66Review
Having watched Phenomena for the first time last night I'm still not quite sure what to make of it. It did seem very plodding and not much really seems to happen up until the last... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Adamo
This is not the uncut version, i bought this same movie on ebay and i found out all the swearing is cut out. Dont buy this one, look for the other one with the white cover. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Spike
The number of 5 star ratings on this movie has made me lose faith in humanity.Published 3 months ago by Chris