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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VCI DISC IS A WORTHY INVESTMENT.
***THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE VCI BLU-RAY!!!*****

Dario Argento's debut, that established his name as a major figure in film-making has had some rough treatment over the years. Most famously Arrow released a director of photography approved transfer from Vittorio Storaro that looked ok but was in entirely the wrong ratio. As a result the Blue underground release...
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is still cut.................after all these years!!!!
I was really looking forward to this film, and my disappointing 3 stars is not due to the film itself but to the fact that the film is still apparently censored after all these years. Indeed, if you watch the trailer for the film included on the DVD, you will see that one of the murders remains trimmed for British audiences!! I am sure that the BBFC, in its more recent...
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VCI DISC IS A WORTHY INVESTMENT., 16 Sep 2013
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***THIS REVIEW IS FOR THE VCI BLU-RAY!!!*****

Dario Argento's debut, that established his name as a major figure in film-making has had some rough treatment over the years. Most famously Arrow released a director of photography approved transfer from Vittorio Storaro that looked ok but was in entirely the wrong ratio. As a result the Blue underground release shot up in value after it went out of print and collectors have had to pay a hefty sum to get a quality HD release of the film. This seems to be as a result of European and American releasing company's having access to different materials and the general complexity of international film rights.

VCI have delivered a print that's region free and actually looks SLIGHTLY better than the Blue underground one. Fans who own the BU release need not rush out to claim this release as while the color scheme is somewhat brighter and more vivid, and more detail apparent with a nice layer of natural film grain, the release is not a big enough upgrade to warrant jettisoning those BU discs just yet. It has the complete soundtrack on the blu-ray and a trailer but it also lacks the added bonus material also found on both the Blue underground and Arrow releases.

The Cheapest option for newcomers is to pick up this release for the film, and if the added bonus materials are your thing, pay a lot less for the Arrow release which generally goes for next to nothing, and save yourself a few quid on the eye wateringly expensive BU release.

Overall though, this is an excellent presentation of the film from VCI at an affordable price.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Excellent debut, 8 Feb 2006
This is the first Dario Argento film I have seen and chose to see it first because it is his directorial debut. Unlike the films he is best known for, namely horror, this film is more of a suspense thriller. The plot surrounds the murders of three women in Rome and an attempted murder of another women. The attempted murder is witnessed by an American tourist who then becomes involved in the police investigation when they confiscate his passport. The direction is excellent and right up until the final scenes you have no idea who the killer really is. This film may look a bit dated now compared to some of the polished, modern hollywood productions. However the film is still excellently put togehter and well worth seeing before you see other films by Dario Argento.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars It is still cut.................after all these years!!!!, 1 April 2003
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I was really looking forward to this film, and my disappointing 3 stars is not due to the film itself but to the fact that the film is still apparently censored after all these years. Indeed, if you watch the trailer for the film included on the DVD, you will see that one of the murders remains trimmed for British audiences!! I am sure that the BBFC, in its more recent leniency, would now pass this film in a completely uncensored print (bearing in mind it has recently released the likes of H.G Lewis's 'The Wizard of Gore' uncut, albeit after some 30 odd years!!!) but it is typical of many British releases that they do not even bother to examine the print to restore the cuts before releasing onto DVD. If you want my advice, get yourself a multi-region DVD player and buy this film from Amazon.com in the States, as, ironically, American film distributors tend to show far more care and consideration for these European cult classics than we do ourselves. Argento's first film may lack the overtly stylish direction and explicit violence of something like his undoubted masterpiece, Profondo Rosso, but it is still a taut, well made film - after 'Blood and Black Lace' one of the most genre defining giallo's ever made. If minor cuts in films do not bother you then by all means buy this film, but, personally, I still prefer to watch films exactly as the director intended.
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28 of 32 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Storaro ruins it for the fans., 12 May 2011
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"Brand new High Definition restoration of the film from the original negative presented in Director of Photography, Vittorio Storaro s original 2:1 Univisium aspect ratio"

This is not correct, the proper ratio should be 2:35.1, not 2:1. This proves that Storaro is more concerned with HIS vision than the director's.
The colours are also muted and the camera view finder scenes are horribly cropped to the left of frame and in B&W instead of colour.
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15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars for film but don't buy this copy, 26 Mar 2004
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This copy is cut and doesn't include key scenes!
Go to Amazon.com and buy the VTI copy being sold which is full and uncut... make sure you have a multi-region dvd player of course
With the pound being so strong against the dollar now is a great time to buy!
I advise you are really careful about all Argento DVD's you buy and make sure your getting the full uncut versions! Anchor Bay do most of his films and are a safe bet for full uncut versions with lots more extras.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "Bring in the perverts!" - and avoid Arrow's UK Blu-ray!, 28 July 2006
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Trevor Willsmer (London, England) - See all my reviews
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NB: As is their wont, Amazon have combined reviews of multiple editions from different labels on different formats. This review refers to the Blue Unerground US release and Arrow's UK release.

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is not particularly gory, but it does establish a blueprint for most of Dario Argento's later work, with the crucial misunderstood attempted murder both referencing Antonioni's Blow-Up and prefiguring the killer-in-plain-sight twist of Deep Red. Best of all is Argento's mastery of vivid color and the Scope frame (the gallery window is even designed at an exact 2.35:1 to match the screen ratio). It still lacks the bravura and panache that would distinguish Deep Red, Suspiria and Inferno, and the best that can be said of the performances is that they don't get in the way: Tony Musante's hero and Mario Adorf's cameo as a cat-eating artist pass muster, as does Enrico Maria Salerno, the Italian voice of Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone's westerns (the perverse side of my nature thought Eastwood could at least have returned the compliment by dubbing him into English), but Suzy Kendall definitely looks better than she acts and some of the supporting cast pull out most of the stops. Still how can you not love a film with lines like "How many times do I have to tell you, Ursula Andress belongs with the transvestites, not the perverts!"

Blue Underground's Region 1 NTSC DVD and now sadly deleted Blu-ray is some 30 seconds longer than the previous VCI issue and boasts superb picture quality and a choice of English or Italian tracks (it was shot in English, as per all of Argento's films). The extras aren't plentiful enough to justify a second disc - some 47 minutes of interviews, including an inadvertently revealing one by Eva Renzi pretty much badmouthing anyone who ever offered her a part for destroying her career - but if you don't have the film it's worth picking up for the remastering alone.

Unlike Blue Underground's release, Arrow have opted for a new transfer supervised by cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, and true to form he's decided to crop the image from 2.35:1 to 2:1 (something he previously did to howls of outrage on Criterion's edition of The Last Emperor and the Complete Dossier release of Apocalypse Now). What makes it such a misguided bit of revisionism is that, in its original ratio, this showed Argento's mastery of vivid color and the Scope frame at its best - the gallery window the murder is seen through is even designed at an exact 2.35:1 to match the original screen ratio, an effect lost in Arrow's cropped transfer. Nor does the extras package compare to the impressive array of interviews on Blue Underground's US release. As such, good as the film is, it's hard to recommend this Blu-ray.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars DONT BUY THE UK VERSION, 22 May 2005
This film is great it deserves the 4 stars I gave it. It is a wonderful debut from a brilliant film directer. But this UK version is cut. Why? I dont know the BBFC said they would have no problem releasing it uncut. Oh well.
The film is great thought using many of the cinematic techniques and tactics that would be so brilliantly portrayed in his later films. This film shows a talent in the making and at the time a man who even Hitchcock feared would take him down.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cult classic arrives on Blu Ray, 4 May 2009
This review is from: Bird With the Crystal Plumage [Blu-ray] [1970] [US Import] (Blu-ray)
Finally Dario Argento's classic arrives on US Blu Ray and what's more plays on my PS3 with no problems. That said I'm not entirely sure that the print is any better than Blue Undergrounds previous region 1 DVD release, however its a major improvement on any UK release so far.

A lot of fun for giallo fans, this catches the atmosphere of the period with vibrant colours and stylish cinematography and throws in enough "red herrings" to keep devotees more then happy.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Wrong aspect ratio, 16 April 2011
Just to warn anyone expecting this release to be in its full width 2:35.1 aspect ration, be warned its been horribly cropped at the sides and is now 2.1. With an Argento movie, this is very important. A terrible shame but you're better off with the Blue Underground version.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Bird with the Crystal Plumage, 28 Oct 2009
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A. J. Harrison (UK) - See all my reviews
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This was Dario Argento's directorial debut and it has to be the best Giallo movie of all time. It may not be over the top violent but who needs exsesive gore to enjoy this kind of film (Alfred Hitchcook for example). The film is tense filled from the opening scene all the way to its dramtic climax.

Tony Musante is the lead and as with most of his films he gives a fine performance and Ennio Morricone delivers a very creapy music score. The twist at the end is brilliant and you will not see it coming.

A must see for movie fans.
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