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Dario Argento: Ultimate Collection [DVD]

David Hemmings , Daria Nicolodi , Dario Argento , Lamberto Bava    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabrielle Lavia, James Franciscus, Karl Malden
  • Directors: Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Platinum
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Jan 2007
  • Run Time: 495 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000KRMZ60
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 174,417 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Six films by Italian horror director Dario Argento. Three of the films in the collection - 'The Bird With the Crystal Plumage' (1970), 'Cat 'O' Nine Tails' (1971) and 'Profundo Rosso' (1975) - are made in the 'Giallo' tradition: violent and shocking detective stories in which explicit violence, groovy music and stylish camera angles abound. 'Demons 1' (1985) and 'Demons 2' (1986), produced by Argento and directed by Lamberto Bava, are mid-80s euro-trash zombie horror flicks featuring plenty of gory effects and a pounding heavy metal soundtrack. Finally, Argento's lesser-known 'Phenomena' (1985) is a 1980s gore-fest starring Donald Pleasence and Jennifer Connelly.

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The Dario Argento Ultimate Collection, released by Blackhorse Entertainment in 2007, is an absolute bargain DVD collection from Amazon. For under £20.00 you get six Dario Argento movies which are The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (1970), Cat O'Nine Tails (1971), Profondo Rosso (1975), Phenomena (1985), Demons (1985), and Demons 2 (1986).
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage and Cat O'Nine Tails come in their original Italian language, accompanied by English subtitles. Demons and Demons 2 are dubbed into English, instead of being in their original Italian language. Profondo Rosso offers a choice of two languages which are either Italian or English, and Phenomena comes in its original English language.
The only downfalls with this collection are that The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a cut version, Cat O'Nine Tails isn't the best DVD transfer, and Demons and Demons 2 are included even when they were never directed by Argento and on comparing them to movies that Argento did direct they are rather poor.
In my opinion I believe Blackhorse Entertainment should have placed the movies 4 Morshe Di Velieto Griego (a.k.a. The Four Velvet Flies) and Inferno (Suspiria is a part of another Dario Argento DVD collection in case you were wondering why I never mentioned that) in the collection as opposed to the Demons movies.
On the upside however you are, as previously mentioned, getting all these movies for a fantastic bargain price. Profondo Rosso alone would cost you nearly or equally the same price as this ultimate collection if you bought it as a stand alone DVD.
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5 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not enough information... 4 Jun 2008
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Thank Heavens for other amazon users telling the punters what's actually ON these discs- not only is Amazon.co.uk's spec next to useless, as usual (they NEVER give enough technical information/extras, unlike Amazon.com which tells the buyer EVERYTHING on the discs) but the dvd packaging gives absolutely NOTHING away either- no subtitle info, no sound/ratio info, no cast or crew details, year of release...so three stars for the LACK OF INFORMATION.

The films? They're great.
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13 of 27 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Not very good ! 23 Feb 2007
By Daniel
This collection has some good Argento films but.. well firstly 'The bird with the crystal plumage' is a DUBBED Italian version when it should be in English, and also its CUT. 'Cat o' nine tails' in Italian again, should be in english and has a horrible DVD transfer, 'Demons' wasnt even directed by him nor was 'Demons 2', phenomena is a bad film, the only good one is profondo rosso, which is in English.
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