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Suspiria (Blu-ray)

Jessica Harper , Barbara Magnolfi , Dario Argento    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Jessica Harper, Barbara Magnolfi, Udo Kier, Stefania Casini
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Nouveaux
  • DVD Release Date: 19 Nov 2012
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002ZDAD9I
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 27,470 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Outside of devoted cult audiences, many Americans have yet to discover the extremely stylish, relentlessly terrifying Italian horror genre, or the films of its talented virtuoso, Dario Argento. Suspiria, part one of a still-uncompleted trilogy (the luminously empty Inferno was the second), is considered his masterpiece by Argento devotees but also doubles as a perfect starting point for those unfamiliar with the director or his genre. The convoluted plot follows an American dancer (Jessica Harper) from her arrival at a European ballet school to her discovery that it's actually a witches coven; but, really, don't worry about that too much. Argento makes narrative subservient to technique, preferring instead to assault the senses and nervous system with mood, atmosphere, illusory gore, garish set production, a menacing camera, and perhaps the creepiest score ever created for a movie. It's essentially a series of effectively unsettling set pieces--a raging storm that Harper should have taken for an omen, and a blind man attacked by his own dog are just two examples--strung together on a skeleton structure. But once you've seen it, you'll never forget it. --Dave McCoy

Product Description

Suzy Bannion is an American ballet student, travelling to Germany to study at an exclusive dance academy in the Black Forest. After one of the students and her friend are hideously murdered in the first of Argento's breath-catching set-piece killings, Suzy discovers that the academy has a bizarre history and, as the body count rises, she gets involved in a hideous labyrinth of murder, black magic and madness. Utilising complex lighting systems, intense film processing techniques, wire-guided cameras and multi-layer music recording (highlighting a superb Goblin score), Argento paints a masterpiece of terror on a technically impeccable canvas.

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror as Art...a true masterpiece 3 Feb 2012
Format:DVD
This is my favourite Dario Argento yet without doubt, and though there are many of his I have yet to see (including his classic Inferno), I can't see that changing...it's just a unique horror film, extremely clever, extremely well made, and beautifully filmed and choreographed...I have always loved Argento's over-the-top, elaborate murder scenes, which are especially good in Suspiria (the first murder scene surely goes down as one of the greatest horror scenes ever)...the cinematography, the sets, the unreal, almost psychedelic use of colour, the art noveau style...

Goblin's fantastic soundtrack is also unlike any other in horror films...using bizarre instruments like sitar and didgeridoo, much of it isn't even musical...it just matches the film perfectly, and acts as a truly horrific wall of noise some times, reaching in incredible crescendo at the right moments, which sounds great on this restored, great quality release...the visual quality is perfect too, could have been made ten years ago...I imagine the blu ray looks even better...

and on top of this the theme and setting is original and works really well too...generally a fan of serious, supernatural and witch-related films, I love the idea of this mysterious coven in a ballet school...

Can't fault this DVD...though I would love to see a nicely packaged Arrow Video release, the flawless quality of the restored film itself, and the special features - featuring film critics such as Kim Newman and the thoughts of Argento himself and Goblin's keyboard wizard Claudio Simonetti - definitely make it worth getting.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Masterpiece of Dario Argento's work. 13 Mar 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
First things first, let's briefly look at the film itself...I wont waste time as any horror fan worth their salt will no doubt have seen the legendary 'Suspiria' countless times by now. But for any newcomers to the scene this 70's horror classic follows the lovely Suzi Banyon (played by Jessica Harper in her finest role) as she arrives at her new ballet school in Bavaria, Germany. Arriving late in the midst of a furious storm she finds herself locked out of the prestigious establishment and has to seek alternate accommodation, but as she heads off in her taxi she notices a distressed girl run off in the distance. The girl has just been ejected from the school decrying that something 'absurdly fantastic' is going on there, but as she holds up in a friends stylish art deco apartment both she and her friend soon fall foul to an evil mysterious presence in one of the most stylish and graphic showstopping death scenes to be seen in a horror movie in a long time. The next day Suzi manages to gain access to her new school and quickly settles in and is introduced to her colleagues and teacher... but before you think we're sliding into a girls own adventure you're swiftly assured that this is anything but that.

Argento's Suspiria is without doubt one of the horror genres true cinematic classics, why so some may ask? Well after viewing the film it should be all to clear (even for those who may not be fans of the directors output in general) - 'Suspiria' is the sum total of collaboration perfection...at the fore is the stunning directorial skills of Argento himself, using the scope of the viewed image he creates every shot as though it is a work of art; stylish, rich and colourful, quite simply a visual delight.
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22 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What my PS3 and HD TV were waiting for... 2 Feb 2010
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
...a real chance to show just how impressive blu-ray can be.

I have numerous copies of Suspiria, from the first X-certificate ex-rental VHS through to the Anchor Bay DVD. I have watched the film more times than I care to remember. I thought I knew the film inside-out.

On my first viewing of this blu-ray release, however, I found myself thinking "never noticed that before" over and over again. The effect of most DVD to blu-ray comparisons is noticing the accentuated lines, textures and colours. This blu-ray made me notice things like subtle expressions on faces that, knowing Dario, must have been carefully directed but were easily missed on other formats. The most startling example for me is the expression on the face of Madame Blanc's nephew during Suzy's first encounter with witchcraft as she follows the other dancers to the Red Room. I love that scene, but never noticed that during the "blast" of light, a slight grin spreads across his face that then fades as the light fades. Perfectly timed - and incredibly creepy!

Let's have the same again for Profondo Rosso!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A cautious buy. 8 Nov 2012
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Whilst I was delighted to see that one of my favourite Dario Argento films was available on blu ray I was hesitant because of the negative reviews on Amazon.
So when the price dropped to 6 I saw no reason not to take a gamble and bought it.
I had already seen the only other Suspiria blu ray on the market from King and was disappointed with the 'combing' effect seen once or twice on that disc.
This disc from Nouveaux Pictures has no such problems but does seem to have a rather garish (even for Suspiria) colour palette and high contrast.
Of course luckily these days televisions comes with buttons that allow you to lower both colour and contrast and when used I found this disc to be satisfactory.
For 6 this is a good buy. I certainly would not pay more than 10 for it and the definitive blu ray still has yet to be released but for the time being this is the best version of the film available in the World.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars DARIO AT HIS BEST - BLUE RAY 9/10
This is one of my favourite horror movies (I have fond memories of sneaking in to see it as a 15 yr old when it was certified as X) and have owned it on many formats, from VHS... Read more
Published 5 days ago by RogShop
5.0 out of 5 stars quality review
good quality and played well with no problems. i had no issues of any kind when i used this product
Published 2 months ago by adam miller
5.0 out of 5 stars Memorable
As the Amazon description notes, once seen, never forgotten. I saw this in the 70s on a cinema bill with a Cheech and Chong film. Read more
Published 9 months ago by R. N. Owen
4.0 out of 5 stars At Times a True Masterpiece of Film- But Not Argento's Best
Suspiria is regarded as probably Dario Argento's best ever film- and also a horror classic in general. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Colonel Decker
2.0 out of 5 stars None of other languages available
Great movie, but none of the languages that are stated by amazon is available. Maybe amazon should change their database, because this problem is obvious if you just read the... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Andreas Mitterhofer
5.0 out of 5 stars A MINDBLOWING CLASSIC
Having seen quite a few Argento movies I wouldn't consider myself a fan of his work (I prefer Fulci's work), but there are a few works that truly stand out, like the STENDHAL... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Sick-o
5.0 out of 5 stars aNJOTHER CLASSIC BY DARIO ARGENTO
I love watching Dario Argento and Suspiria is my joint favourite film along with Phenomena. I also chose the italian import of Suspira as it was 11 cheaper than the English... Read more
Published 14 months ago by Graham Rawlins
1.0 out of 5 stars Great dissapointment
I was so looking forward to seeing this film, but god is it overrated . This is an ok film with the occasional nice shot , only watch if you have nothing better to do. Read more
Published 15 months ago by D. Scott Morris
5.0 out of 5 stars ARGENTO CLASSIC SUSPIRIA 1977
ANOTHER DARIO ARGENTO CLASSIC. SUSPIRIA WAS REALEASED IN 19777 AND THE BLUE RAY COPY BRINGS ALL THE COLOUR'S TO LIFE. A GREAT FILM AND FIRST STORY IN THE THREE MOTHERS TRILOGY. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Mr. J. Reynolds-wallder
5.0 out of 5 stars First time for Suspiria
Being an avid horror fan I had been waiting to watch Suspiria for some time.

I bought the Blu Ray for a great price and eagerly awaited its delivery. Read more
Published 19 months ago by Ben
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