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A New York ballerina enrolls at a haunted Black Forest dance academy run by witches.
"One Of The Scariest Movies Of All Time!" --Entertainment Weekly
"Terrifying, Brilliant And Chilling!" --Leonard Maltin's Movie & Video Guide
- Disc 1 Extras:
- Theatrical Trailers
- TV Spot
- Radio Spots
- "Suspiria" Music Video by Daemonia
- Poster & Still Gallery
- Talent Bios
- Disc 2 Extras:
- "SUSPIRIA: 25th Anniversary" - Interviews with Co-Writer/Director Dario Argento, Co-Writer Daria Nicolodi, Cinematographer Luciano Tovoli, Composers Goblin (Claudio Simonetti, Massimo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli & Agostino Marangolo), and Stars Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini & Udo Kier
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I'm a bit baffled as to why this highly touted 4K restoration was not released in Ultra HD with HDR. While it might not benefit much from 4K resolution, the highly saturated technicolor and high contrast would greatly benefit from HDR (High Dynamic Range). I can only guess that Synapse will release the 4K version in the future and force fans to double dip.
The extras are just ok. Some decently produced documentaries, but lacking input from Argento or any of the main stars. The soundtrack is a nice bonus, but I haven't listened to it yet. For the very high price of this set, it should have included more. As a big fan of the film, I'm ok with paying the price and supporting a small company like Synapse, who clearly spent a lot of time and money to do a gorgeous and nearly perfect restoration. But for most fans, it's not worth the price. I assume a regular release will come out in the next year in the 20-30 dollar range.
So my rating is 4 stars, being held back from 5 because for the high price this set really should have included a 4K HDR version in addition to the 1080p version.
It reminds me of two other notable horror classics - it has the lunacy of Ken Russell's "the Devils" and the stylish psychedelic colors and surreal sets of The Skull starring Vincent Price. In my top 5 ever films.
A good way to kill time if you've got some to spare. Otherwise, try the masterpiece, Pelts, featured in the Masters of Horror Series.
The time period is kind of murky because of all the different fashions. Suzy and the other dancers wear fairly modern clothing. The owner of the academy wears glamorous dresses out of the 50's while the main teacher could have been from the Victorian era. The mishmash of different fashions gives it a timeless, dreamy feel. The visuals and the tense atmosphere are the stars of the film. The music by Goblin ranges from a sweet almost lullaby like melody to jarring sounds and angry, almost unintelligible whispers. The kills are visually interesting with a typical giallo focus on closeups. These deaths are even more stylish and well framed within the scene. The woman falling through the plate glass window is the one scene I remembered from watching years ago because of it's striking beauty for something so macabre. The characters are pretty childish and one dimensional because they were meant to be quite a bit younger. The plot is also pretty thin, but all of the other aspects pale in comparison to the gorgeous visuals and the tense and dreamlike atmosphere.
I explain this to others as a film that asks something from you, its not just to entertain you. You have to be able to lose yourself in the plot and see the building suspense and horror through the eyes of a very innocent young woman. You really have to consider what she is seeing and how it appears to her.
The camera work and color are astounding and you really need to be able to take the time to look at the scenery and experience it as almost a character unto itself. The music adds to the suspense and as the tension builds, the music responds.
The film is artistic, moody, brutal, claustrophobic and an experience, not just a movie. Watch it as such. It harkens back to the golden era of film and not to today's movies.