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Suspiria [1976] [DVD]

Jessica Harper , Stefania Casini , Dario Argento    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Jessica Harper, Stefania Casini, Udo Kier, Joan Bennett, Alida Valli
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Producers: Claudio Argento
  • Format: PAL
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Oct 2006
  • Run Time: 93 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (75 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000GQMM0E
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,702 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

Dario Argento directs this Grand Guignol horror-fest. Susy Banyon (Jessica Harper) is a young American ballet student who arrives at a German dance academy. The violent and bloody murder of one of the students and her friend opens Susy's eyes to the history of the mysterious academy. As the body count rises, Susy becomes involved in an increasingly labyrinthine tale of murder, black magic and madness.

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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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23 of 26 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
5.0 out of 5 stars terrifying and poetic 7 Feb 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:DVD
I don't generally like horror films but this one etches itself on the mind permanently. It is such a potent mixture of sound and amazing visual effects that you are completely overwhelmed, as by a nightmare, and yet there is a kind of beauty there too. Argento has a visionary quality, setting the horror sequences against scenes of ludicrous humour involving the ballet mistresses - Alida Valli and Joan Bennett no less - and the daily running of the school. The banality of these exchanges combined with their overheated delivery gives the whole thing a touch of camp that works brilliantly, as the rest of the time one is terrified by the build-up to the set pieces which are filmed with a highly disturbing sadism. The value of what Argento is doing seems debatable to me - it is poised between unacceptably nasty and sadistic horror and a fantasy film like Cocteau's La belle et la bete - but this makes it fascinating to think about, if more compelling than one would like or perhaps care to admit. One might want, at some level, to suppress the excess of horror, but in doing so the vision would be lost, and with it the awfulness and sense of dread that exert so powerful a hold at the same time as they repel. It is certainly a testament to the dark side of the imagination, which cinema has proved all too able to exploit, once Psycho and Peeping Tom opened the floodgates. It is not a world I would want to dwell in too much, but the onslaught on the senses that the film amounts to, with its extraordinary fusion of sound and colour filters, and a fantastically imaginative creation of interior space, defies belief. The documentary about Argento, in which he talks about his films and where they come from psychologically, makes a very interesting addition to this 2 DVD set.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Very happy ^_^
Arrived very quickly, great quality discs and the DVD box and booklet. Bought it as a gift for a friend and watched it with them, it's not my favourite film but I have enjoyed it... Read more
Published 11 days ago by Lizbe
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 4 months 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 7 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 14 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 14 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 15 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 16 months ago by Caligula II.
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 18 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 19 months ago by D. Scott Morris
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Published 20 months ago by Mr. J. Reynolds-wallder
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