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Suspiria

Starring:

Jessica Harper
Stefania Casini
Joan Bennett

Written by Dario Argento & Daria Nicolodi

Directed by Dario Argento

A young American dancer comes to a prestigious European dance academy only to find one strange occurrence after another. Released in 1977, Suspiria is the first part of Argento's "The Three Mothers" trilogy, followed by 1980's Inferno and the soon to be released The Mother of Tears in late 2007.

Suspiria drops the viewer into a world of mystery and evil that will take over the senses and the mind. Shot with the most daring color palette of Argento's career that matches the above all beautiful and sophisticated deaths in film history. The film is sewn together with a score from Dario's Goblin that would make even the scariest Dimmu Borgir fan declare dark and evil.   It has been called Argento's masterpiece work, and the DVD release from Anchor Bay honors that proclamation to the fullest extent.

This DVD is the reason component video was created. I am sure of it. The aforementioned color palette Argento uses in Suspiria becomes even more of a character in the movie than on previous releases. The 16x9 2.35:1 transfer is unequalled in visual quality. They are very few spots (almost none quite frankly) that are dark and grainy. A fact that is amazing considering that the original to work from was made in 1977. The audio is extremely crisp in its DTS-ES mix. Though not a true 6.1 format (as it is Matrixed 6.1) the separation and clarity is very good. There are a few moments when the Goblin soundtrack drowns out some dialogue though. But those are quickly forgotten as the movie progresses.

The special features included with this single disc version are sparse. The standard theatrical and TV spots as well as a few radio spots. Poster and still galleries and cast bios round out the usual fare of bare bones discs. One feature that is especially hilarious is the addition of a music video from Dario Argento tribute group Daemonia. Don't get me wrong, the music is really well done, but the video (shot in 2000) looks like the horrific fledgling days of music video. It may be even scarier than Suspiria itself.

The hardcore Argento fan may want to pass on this edition of Suspiria. Anchor Bay has released not 2 but 3 versions of this film. A phenomenal 2-disc version as well as a 3-disc version (the 3 rd disc being the soundtrack from Goblin). This single disc version is a great complement to any horror fans collection once again proving why Anchor Bay sets the standard for DVD horror.

 


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