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Tenebrae (Full Uncut Version) [DVD] [1983]

Anthony Franciosa , Giuliano Gemma , Dario Argento    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Anthony Franciosa, Giuliano Gemma, Christian Borromeo, Mirella D'Angelo, Veronica Lario
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Writers: Dario Argento
  • Producers: Claudio Argento, Salvatore Argento
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Nouveaux
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jan 2003
  • Run Time: 101 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004CZSP
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,281 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After several excursions into supernatural horror, Dario Argento returned to the homicidal frenzy that made his reputation with this mystery that plays more like a grown-up slasher movie than a detective thriller. Anthony Franciosa stars as Peter Neal, a best-selling horror novelist whose promotional tour in Italy takes a terrible turn when a mysterious killer recreates the brutal murders from his book with real-life victims. The first to die are so-called "deviants", Neal's own friends and finally there comes a promise that the author himself is next on the list. Columbo it ain't, but Argento has always been more concerned with style than story and his execution of the crimes is pure cinematic bravura. From the simple beauty of a straight razor shattering a light bulb (the camera catches the red-hot filament slowly blacking out) to an ambitious crane shot that creeps up and over the sides of a house under siege in a voyeuristic survey that would make Hitchcock proud, Argento turns the art of murder into a stylish spectacle. He even lets his kinkier side show with flashbacks of an adolescent boy and a teasing dominatrix in red stiletto heels that become a key motif of the film. The objects of Argento's homicidal tendencies are traditionally lovely, scantily clad Italian beauties, and with self-deprecating humour he even inserts a scene in which Neal is taken to task for the misogynist violence of his stories--an accusation Argento himself has weathered for years. --Sean Axmaker

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King of Grand-Guignol bloodbaths Dario Argento directs this notorious horror flick from 1982. Peter Neil (Anthony Franciosa) is a mystery writer in Rome to promote his new novel. His stay is disturbed by a crazed maniac who begins a terrifying murder spree, stuffing his victims' mouths with pages from Neils' books...

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD
Argento's best films appeal to the audience's love of the 'whodunit' genre. Even when you strip away all the other factors that often draw people to his work - whether it's the torrents of gore, the sumptuous use of photography, or merely the camp value of some of the performances - it's the overall plot (and the set-pieces that punctuate it) that really grabs our attention, and rewards our patients with a blistering, head-scratching, climax. For me, there's simply nothing better than immersing yourself in a story that offers clues and characters that seemingly point to one thing, but, with the writer and director simultaneously offering the viewer enough twists and turns to throw us off the scent, and keep us guessing, right the way through to the end.
Argento's best film, in my opinion, is Deep Red, because it is there that Argento finds the perfect balance between detective fiction, Hitchcockian suspense, and the lurid, over-the-top gore of the Italian Giallo series. Tenebrae continues the formula developed in Deep Red - as well as other classic Argento, like The Bird With The Crystal Plumage and The Cat O' Nine Tails - but also adds a strong element of self-referential, self-reflexivity. Argento had always thrived on alluding back to his earlier work... I mean, look at the references to The Bird With the Crystal Plumage in Deep Red, or the continuation between Suspiria and Inferno. Here however, it's not enough for the director to give us a lengthy set-piece involving a crazed dog that seems to want to reference the death of the blind man in Suspiria, or the lingering shots of the killer's leather gloves (an Argento trademark), we instead have a director who is using the script to not only deconstruct his own image and persona, but also, to deconstruct the film it's self.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
By CJ
Format:DVD
Fierce, stylish sex crimes are on the menu in this grisly, superbly shot film. It's got some great twists and several places where I jumped out of my skin. The violence is extreme and unpleasant, with a good deal of graphic (& in one place hilariously bad) effects. This is powerful stuff and viewing it is like watching a slasher film made by Hitchcock. A required taste but interesting viewing.
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5.0 out of 5 stars tenbrea what a great film 15 Nov 2004
Format:DVD
ive just watched the anchor bay uncut version of tenbrea on dvd. and right from start to end credits i was on the edge of my seat great film with loads of twists and turns and i part that made me jump was when the dog was barking when that woman tried climbing over the metal fence. dario argento is an exerlent director i hope they have a sequal to this film as its one of the best ive seen in ages.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great! 3 July 2004
Format:DVD
This is my favourite Argento film. It's a 'true' horror film not just a studio's way to make some quick money by throwing a couple of semi-famous teens together with no story and directed by a music video director. You have to be willing to take a lot in to truely understand and enjoy this film.
For those not familiar with Argento's work then I would describe this film as like 'Scream' only a lot gorier! I don't want to give away any of the plot as that would ruin the film for a first time viewer. I would recommend this film to any open-minded horror movie fan.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A thrilling effort 4 Jun 2003
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Format:DVD
'Tenebrae' is the story of Peter Neal, an American thriller author who is publicising his new novel in Rome. Being an Argento film, it's not long before somebody winds up dead. Mr Black Gloves is once again at work in Mondo Argento, this time accusing Neal of corrupting society through his books, and killing 'deviants'. By the time the last body hits the floor, the body count is well into double figures...
'Tenebrae' is visually stunning, with wonderful camera work (particularly just before the second death). Despite being very brightly lit, even during the night scenes, this is one of Argento's most traumatic films. The light is in stark contrast to the title of the film, and as the story goes on the deaths become more violent, the climax being far more bloody than anything in, say, 'Suspiria'. That said, as somebody who really cannot stand gore, I didn't find it too difficult to get through- it's surprising that it's been cut for so long, really.
It also includes classic Argento themes- black gloves, killer POVs, extreme close-ups of eyes, and the old favourite 'Witness who misinterprets what they've seen'. Anyone with an interest in Argento or giallos should see this without hesitation. (Anchor Bay DVD, not Nouveaux Pictures edition!) BUT, if you need an introduction to Argento, I recommend you start with something like 'Sleepless', 'Profondo Rosso' or 'Cat O'Nine Tails'. 'Tenebrae' works best when put within the context of a tradition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars NEW IN 2003 10 April 2003
By A Customer
Format:DVD
Please notice that you will get the complete UNCUT and UNCENSORED Anchor Bay version if you order this DVD. The movie itself is one of the best Thrillers ever made. If you're into Dario Argento films - this is your pick.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Argento's best films appeal to the audience's love of the 'whodunit' genre. Even when you strip away all the other factors that often draw people to his work - whether it's the torrents of gore, the sumptuous use of photography, or merely the camp value of some of the performances - it's the overall plot (and the set-pieces that punctuate it) that really grabs our attention, and rewards our patients with a blistering, head-scratching, climax. For me, there's simply nothing better than immersing yourself in a story that offers clues and characters that seemingly point to one thing, but, with the writer and director simultaneously offering the viewer enough twists and turns to throw us off the scent, and keep us guessing, right the way through to the end.

Argento's best film, in my opinion, is Deep Red, because it is there that Argento finds the perfect balance between detective fiction, Hitchcockian suspense, and the lurid, over-the-top gore of the Italian Giallo series. Tenebrae continues the formula developed in Deep Red - as well as other classic Argento, like The Bird With The Crystal Plumage and The Cat O' Nine Tails - but also adds a strong element of self-referential, self-reflexivity. Argento had always thrived on alluding back to his earlier work... I mean, look at the references to The Bird With the Crystal Plumage in Deep Red, or the continuation between Suspiria and Inferno. Here however, it's not enough for the director to give us a lengthy set-piece involving a crazed dog that seems to want to reference the death of the blind man in Suspiria, or the lingering shots of the killer's leather gloves (an Argento trademark), we instead have a director who is using the script to not only deconstruct his own image and persona, but also, to deconstruct the film it's self.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A classic from the king of the giallo, dario argento.
Tenebre is about an American writer named Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) who wrote and published a very controversial horror/suspense novel titled Tenebre. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Puzzle box
3.0 out of 5 stars Going back in time.
Never saw this at the cinema all those years ago. Fashions and that took me back and was quite a reasonable plot.
Published 10 months ago by H. Grocott
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great
An involving and intelligent film which is more a whodunnit than a Gialo and Argent's last good (but not great) film until Sleepless. Read more
Published on 12 April 2010 by E. Veldon
3.0 out of 5 stars A few things you should know about 'Tenebrae'
Hard to write a review of this without giving the plot away, as this classic giallo is essentially a whodunnit, the 'solution' even reminding of a certain Agatha Christie book (I... Read more
Published on 9 Dec 2009
3.0 out of 5 stars Gentle, enjoyable thriller.
Maybe as I rented this film I got a UK edited version or something; I don't remember it being particularly gory. In fact, I thought it was a bit tame. Read more
Published on 15 Mar 2008 by Pallus the Phallus
4.0 out of 5 stars Dude really goes thick with the Blood Canister
I notice that Argento is most often praised for his "set pieces," which are usually the suspense/murder sequences. I have to agree I enjoy these very much. He can be very slick. Read more
Published on 26 Oct 2007 by Jenny J.J.I.
3.0 out of 5 stars Tenebrae
Italian horror icon Dario Argento creates an intense and bloody psycho-thriller in which an American mystery writer (Anthony Franciosa) comes to Rome on vacation, only to find that... Read more
Published on 25 Jun 2006 by Dave Kraven
4.0 out of 5 stars The Argento �touch�.
This DVD is the full uncut version (though to be honest I've seen a lot worse gore in mainstream films today that have blithely floated past the censors). Read more
Published on 15 Oct 2004 by "marcusmuck"
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