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American mystery author Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) comes to Italy to promote his newest novel, TENEBRAE. Unfortunately, a razor-wielding serial killer is on the loose, taunting Neal and murdering those around him in gruesome fashion just like the character in his novel. As the mystery surrounding the killings spirals out of control, Neal investigates the crimes on his own, leading to a mind-bending, genre-twisting conclusion that will leave you breathless!
Featuring an amazing synth-music score from Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli and Massimo Morante (formerly of Italian progressive-rock band, Goblin), this all-new TENEBRAE release was created from the original uncut camera negative. Also stars John Saxon (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), Daria Nicolodi (Dario Argento’s PHENOMENA) and John Steiner (CALIGULA).
- All-new Synapse Films supervised color correction and restoration of a 1080p scan from the original camera negative, presented in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1
- Dual English and Italian language options with newly-translated English subtitle tracks for both
- Audio commentary track featuring film critic and Argento scholar, Maitland McDonagh
- Rare high-definition 1080p English sequence insert shots, playable within the film via Seamless Branching
- Feature-length documentary, YELLOW FEVER: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GIALLO by Rising Productions, chronicling the Giallo film genre from its beginnings as early 20th century crime fiction, to its later influences on the modern slasher film genre
- Original UNSANE (U.S. version of TENEBRAE) end credits sequence
- Alternate opening credits sequence
- Theatrical trailers
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As for Arrow Video's blu ray release of the film, if you scour the internet you'll see a lot of grumbling & controversy about a supposedly inferior hi-def transfer. This couldn't be further from the truth! I own both the anamorphic Anchor Bay DVD and this blu-ray and have done a direct comparison and I can safely say that the blu-ray blows the DVD out of the water and is truly like seeing the film again for the first time. Where there is possibly a slight problem with the film is that throughout the movie, there is a slight layer of video noise that isn't film grain that is somewhat noticeable but not intrusive at all in my opinion. It does resemble digital noise at times. A lot of recent blu-rays of Italian films have had the same slight visual peculiarity so maybe it's just how the negatives/film stock were back then or the production house used to author the hi-def transfers themselves are utilizing a particular kind of high def restoration process. Colors though are very strong and the detail is truly astounding compared to past DVD releases. The bit-rate is also very high too.
There was also a slight issue with the old Anchor Bay DVD in which it was missing approximately 30 seconds due to print damage with the only print they had access to at the time. The Arrow Video blu ray is the full 1 hour 40 minute 54 second uncut version. Extras involve some interviews with Dario Argento, actress (and Dario's former wife) Daria Nicolodi and composer Claudio Simonetti. You also get two commentary tracks and a live performance by Claudio's former band Goblin too. The audio includes both the Italian & English tracks.
So, if you've been on the fence about picking up this particular blu ray, don't be and pick it up immediately. The film looks truly stunning and the nice array of extras compliment this classic giallo very nicely. Highly recommended!
Anthony Franciosa stars as Peter Neal, an author who specializes in horror filled tomes revolving around murder. In Italy to promote his latest book he suddenly finds himself in the midst of a real life serial killing situation. It seems that the killer must be a fan as he’s murdering people similar to the styles used in Neal’s books and stuffing pages from his books in their mouths.
As the film moves forward more questions come to mind. Is the killer someone influenced by the work of Neal or is it actually Neal himself doing the killing? What tie with Neal does the killer have, a personal connection or just that of crazed fan? Who will the next victim of the killer be and do all the victims have something in common? All is revealed by the end with something most viewers won’t see coming.
First off let’s start with the acting. There isn’t an actor in the bunch here who doesn’t turn in a fine performance. Franciosa, a regular on numerous television series in the sixties and seventies, does a fantastic job as Neal, giving him that investigative edge when it comes to trying to solve the identity of the murderer while at the same time presenting himself as a likely suspect. A nice trick if you can pull it off and he does so quit well. John Saxon, a man who starred in what is considered the first giallo film, is on hand as well doing a great job as Neal’s agent. The other actors also turn in great performances though I’m honestly not as familiar with their previous work, the only exception of which is Daria Nicolodi who has starred in several giallo works and was also the longtime companion of director Dario Argento.
Dario Argento. Among the directors most noted for creating and giving life to this genre, Argento is the one who made it more mainstream than ever and who led it from simple murder mysteries into the realm of horror with supernatural touches in several films. He takes the various elements of the genre, the black gloved hands, the violent deaths, the bright colors and camera angles and makes them his own. The blood spilled in Argento’s films always flows bright red and bursts forth more so than earlier examples of the genre and yet in an artistic way that doesn’t force you to turn your head. His style is truly recognizable and puts him among the greats of film history.
As I said, I’ve watched films in this genre in the past and TENEBRAE is one of those films. I even recall having it in the video store I once owned, a new release that I was sure fans would embrace. But it never really quite caught on in my area and neither did the whole giallo genre. Even I wasn’t quick to embrace it but at least I recognized it existed. In part that might have been because the quality of the movies at the time left much to be desired. It wasn’t that they were terrible but still, the transfers were usually soft focused and dubbing was terrible. That all changed with DVD and more so now with blu-ray. When coupled with the treatment of this film by Synapse it gets even better.
Synapse has released a new version of the film on blu that is something to behold. The quality, the clarity, the crispness of the image is amazing. This new version features a supervised color correction and restoration of a 1080p scan from the original camera negative, presented in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1. What that means is the best quality picture to watch that has ever been offered.
In addition to that there are a number of other extras worth noting. There is a commentary track by film critic and Argento expert Maitland Mcdonagh. The blu-ray version includes a feature length documentary, YELLO FEVER: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GIALLO by High Rise Productions discussing the rise in popularity of the genre from its early roots in crime fiction and on through its influence on slasher films into the world today. Also included are the original end credits sequence from the films U.S. version title UNSANE, alternate opening credits and an international trailer.
Synapse is doing a great job with the way they’re handling releases like this and it makes fans and movie lovers grow anxious to see what they have next in store. Right now they’re taking orders for another Argento film, PHEOMENA, and I for one can’t wait to see what they do with it. If nothing else I’m certain that we’ll get the best looking version of the film, another among those I once saw in low quality VHS. With the care they’re showing to the films of Argento it just makes you wish they could be responsible for handling all of his films.
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