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Phenomena [Dual Format DVD + Blu Ray] [Blu-ray] [1985]

Jennifer Connelly , Daria Nicolodi , Dario Argento    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jennifer Connelly, Daria Nicolodi, Donald Pleasence
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Films
  • DVD Release Date: 26 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,033 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Italian horror maestro Dario Argento made his name by turning homicide into modern art with a cinematic flourish, but with Phenomena he takes his stylish mayhem in new directions. The film opens with the dreamy grace of a fairy tale: a young girl wandering the green meadows of Switzerland and discovering a gingerbread house, wherein lives a monster more modern than mythic, a psychopathic maniac who plunges the picture into a lush nightmare. Jennifer (Jennifer Connelly in her first starring role), a gifted young girl at a Swiss school, has a psychic link to the insect world and develops a connection with the killer through midnight sleepwalks. With the help of a lonely, wheelchair-bound entomologist (genre stalwart Donald Pleasence, who inflects his sonorous tenor with a gentle Scottish burr) she turns telekinetic detective, which only draws her closer to the killer's lair. The densely plotted story becomes muddled at times (this is the busiest film in Argento's oeuvre) but the lyrical cinematography and gorgeous nocturnal imagery--dreamy sleepwalks, nightmarish murders, hideous horrors that emerge in the dark of night--take on a poetic elegance not seen in his previous work, providing the tale with a kind of dream logic. This is a slasher film reborn as an exquisitely grim fantasy: Jennifer in Argentoland. --Sean Axmaker

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Phenomena (Blu-Ray+DVD)

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Argento at his maddest, great entertainment 28 April 2010
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For me this is Dario Argento's most overlooked, underrated film. The plot skeleton - young girl adrift in a foreign school whilst a murderer wreaks havoc - is obviously Suspiria, but, incredibly, this film makes that effort look almost conventional. Some of the scenes in the final 20 minutes are genuinely unbelievable - swarms of insects, homicidal chimpanzees, an unforgettable face, Iron Maiden, extreme violence and a certain young future Oscar winner looking on with unfeigned bewilderment - whats not to love!
The Anchor Bay Region 1 disc is recommended. Check out the Bill Wyman video on the extras - bet he would shudder to see this now!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Hmnn Ok Then.......... 25 Feb 2006
First things first......the sleeve displayed above ISNT the sleeve that you get, the one you do get is TERRIBLE...its a plain white with text affair thats a real dissapointment.
The movie is none too bad though it is a 4:3 Pan & Scan print..
On the upside all/most of the deleted stuff from "Creepers" is in this print and the transfer is passable....
What else can you say about Argento movies you either like them or you dont..and this one isnt his best....leaning towards a more supernatural story than the Giallo that the sleeve proclaims.
It wont win Argento any new fans...but thats not the point....more to the point is that it`s available at all....ah well not perfect but an improvement on the version of "Creepers" that was released over here previously.
Worth getting for less than a fiver........
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A visually stunning delight 15 Oct 2008
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Okay, I think is terribly underrated. Its certainly my favourite Argento, and given the competition thats some achievement. It is a film that can astound, delight and horrify in equal measure, and if the plot baffles at first, stick with it, as you will be rewarded.
The first scene we get is of a schoolgirl being brutally murdered by a waterfall in a forest. We quickly shift to the laboratory of wheelchair bound entomologist John McGregor(Donald Pleasence), who is assisting the police in ascertaining the age of a rotting corpse, through the type of insects feeding on it. Then the location swiftly changes again as we meet young Jennifer Corvino(Jennifer Connelly) who is on her way to an exclusive girls boarding school where her father has sent her. She is reluctant to say the least. Jennifer has an incredible power. She is able to telepathically commiunicate with the insect world, and she uses this power to assist her when being bullied, or in danger. Oh, and did I mention that girls staying at the boarding school are being murdered.
Then Jennifer runs away from the school, meets up with McGregor, and along with his simian housekeeper Inga(played by Tanga), they set about trying to solve the murders.
As I said the plot may be complex, but theres real fun to be had from unravelling the various strands. Connelly and Pleasence both give great performances, as does Tanga the chimp. Also with Argento regular Daria Nicolodi. Theres a wonderfully O.T.T gory climax that will leave you reeling, and of course another wonderful soundtrack by Goblin and Simon Boswell. Brilliant. 5 out of 5.
NB-Okay DVD release, as mentioned before has different picture than one used in product information. I thought the picture/sound quality were excellent
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars lovable if slightly lumpy 9 Feb 2002
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I have to say I'm not sure what to make of this film. It does have its flaws, yet I already feel an affection for it, having seen it only twice.
Flaws first - as expected with Dario, the acting isn't exactly Oscar quality, but hey, you don't watch an Argento film for the method acting. Jennifer Connolly has the right vulnerable look, but at times you want her and the other actors to put more oomph into it all. The great Donald Pleasance however is always watchable.
There is more plot than in most Argento films, but the setting of a girl's school could be spookier than we see here (see Argento's own "Suspiria" for proof). Sets are faceless, and seem like a series of unrelated buildings - we see them once for a set piece and never again. And you could at least give some victims a bit of sense - if you know there is a killer about, don't go out on your own! And why keep a girls' school open when a teenager-slaying psycho is on the loose in the area?
However - there are some neat set-pieces - the use of insects is clever and never feels twee or dumb, which it easily could. The sleepwalking effect is clever (despite some dodgy 80s rock video corridors!) The set-up for the climax lasts nearly 20 minutes, but when it does come, the pay-off is good. Sadly, at the very end it goes a bit panto.
I still enjoyed this film more than "Inferno" - "Phenomena" at least has more structure. It may be flawed, but it is still better than most horror from the 1980s, which is why I give it four stars. Just try to ignore the dire Iron Maiden song that pops up from time to time.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Very good Blu-Ray but with one criticism 5 Mar 2012
I last watched Phenomena as a teenager back in the 80's when it was released on VHS under the title "Creepers" with around 30 minutes of the original film cut out of it, making it a very different movie to what we have here. The only thing I remembered about Creepers was that it was quite forgettable, so I had no interest in watching it again until recently when I bought a Blu-Ray player and discovered Arrow Films. I thought I'd try the movie again, this time in its full-length form, and I'm certainly glad I did! Although this isn't Argento's best movie by any means, it still has a lot going for it, and is more than a cut above a lot of Italian horror.

Although I'm fairly new to Blu-Ray I've already bought 7 of Arrow's releases, and can say that the picture quality on Phenomena is very good indeed. The disc has some interesting special features and at under a tenner from Amazon it is good value for money, so I would definitely recommend it to fans of the genre.

As much as I enjoyed Arrow's Blu-Ray transfer of the movie I'm going to knock off one star and rate it 4 out of 5 for this reason:

The native language of Phenomena is English. Arrow's Phenomena has been created using the Italian cut of the movie, and some small parts of the English audio track are missing. This means that when watching the film with its native English audio, there are a few brief occasions when the English voices switch to dubbed Italian with English subtitles. The plus side of this is that we don't miss out on any scenes (great for fanboys), but the negative side is that it is such an oddity to watch a movie that is 99.5% English and 0.5% Italian.
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3.0 out of 5 stars One of Argento's last good films
One of Argento's last good films. Let's face it: Argento had already lost his touch when he shot Phenomena, but still he could deliver a well crafted horror film with some... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Elleppi
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Amazing film...absolutely bonkers but amazing!
Published 2 months ago by Emma Bidle
4.0 out of 5 stars Phenomena-nal....
The late great Donald pleasence in one if his more understated roles,Brilliantly directed by Spanish horror-meister darius agenti. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sonny Burnette
4.0 out of 5 stars I was loving it by the end!
Well what a truly bonkers (in an utterly 80s stylee) horror movie! Dario Argento is the Italian director responsible for this tale of a young American girl named Jennifer who is... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Scaroth, Last of the Jagaroth
4.0 out of 5 stars Fish Face....(spoilers)
Jennifer Corvino, daughter of a famous actor, arrives in an expensive board school and shares her room with French schoolmate Sophie. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Mr. Corey S. Newcombe
5.0 out of 5 stars phenomena
great film for any lover of the genre would also make a good gift for fathers day or for a birthday gift
Published 15 months ago by duckerdek
4.0 out of 5 stars Jenifer- lady of the flies
As i got Phenomena on DVD, I wasn't sure what to expect or if I would enjoy a film with teenage girl as the main character? Read more
Published 16 months ago by Bobby Klump
5.0 out of 5 stars Arrow Surpreende!
Um clássico de Argento lançado como merece.

A qualidade de áudio é excelente e contribui com a belíssima trilha sonora que vai de Debussy a... Read more
Published 17 months ago by Danilo
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomena
From the first time that I saw this film originally I was a great fan!
On Blu-ray it seems to have come to life again!!
Published 18 months ago by C. M. Casmore
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomena
I love this film becasue it stars two of my favoiurite actors Jennifer Connely and Donnald Pleasence and the theme music to this film scared me s***less when i first heard it but... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Graham Rawlins
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