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The Bird With the Crystal Plumage [1971] [DVD] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (50 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000B64U04
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,307 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Now king of the spaghetti slasher, Argento made his directorial debut with this tightly constructed thriller. --Geoff Andrew, Time Out

[It] has the energy to support its elaborateness and the decency to display its devices with style. Something from each of its better models has stuck, and it is pleasant to rediscover old horrors in such handsome new décor. --New York Times

Argentos most Hitchcockian venture --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

[It] has the energy to support its elaborateness and the decency to display its devices with style. Something from each of its better models has stuck, and it is pleasant to rediscover old horrors in such handsome new décor. --New York Times

Argentos most Hitchcockian venture --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

[It] has the energy to support its elaborateness and the decency to display its devices with style. Something from each of its better models has stuck, and it is pleasant to rediscover old horrors in such handsome new décor. --New York Times

Argentos most Hitchcockian venture --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

[It] has the energy to support its elaborateness and the decency to display its devices with style. Something from each of its better models has stuck, and it is pleasant to rediscover old horrors in such handsome new décor. --New York Times

Argentos most Hitchcockian venture --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

[It] has the energy to support its elaborateness and the decency to display its devices with style. Something from each of its better models has stuck, and it is pleasant to rediscover old horrors in such handsome new décor. --New York Times

Argentos most Hitchcockian venture --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

[It] has the energy to support its elaborateness and the decency to display its devices with style. Something from each of its better models has stuck, and it is pleasant to rediscover old horrors in such handsome new décor. --New York Times

Argentos most Hitchcockian venture --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

[It] has the energy to support its elaborateness and the decency to display its devices with style. Something from each of its better models has stuck, and it is pleasant to rediscover old horrors in such handsome new décor. --New York Times

Argentos most Hitchcockian venture --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

[It] has the energy to support its elaborateness and the decency to display its devices with style. Something from each of its better models has stuck, and it is pleasant to rediscover old horrors in such handsome new décor. --New York Times

Argentos most Hitchcockian venture --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

[It] has the energy to support its elaborateness and the decency to display its devices with style. Something from each of its better models has stuck, and it is pleasant to rediscover old horrors in such handsome new décor. --New York Times

Argentos most Hitchcockian venture --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

[It] has the energy to support its elaborateness and the decency to display its devices with style. Something from each of its better models has stuck, and it is pleasant to rediscover old horrors in such handsome new décor. --New York Times

Argentos most Hitchcockian venture --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

[It] has the energy to support its elaborateness and the decency to display its devices with style. Something from each of its better models has stuck, and it is pleasant to rediscover old horrors in such handsome new décor. --New York Times

Argentos most Hitchcockian venture --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

[It] has the energy to support its elaborateness and the decency to display its devices with style. Something from each of its better models has stuck, and it is pleasant to rediscover old horrors in such handsome new décor. --New York Times

Argentos most Hitchcockian venture --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
***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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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
This  1970 Italian ‘giallo’ genre [English subtitled] film [aka: The Gallery Murders, aka: Point of Terror, aka: The Phantom of Terror] is a crime thriller mystery and centres on Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante), an American writer living in Rome who witnesses an attack on a woman in an art gallery but is unable to capture the assailant and ends up helping the police, but is he placing himself and his girlfriend in danger as he discovers the mysterious attacker is a serial killer?
The catchy music score switches to haunting themes, highlighting the tension and fear as the suspense gradually builds as various clues are gathered and discarded along the way. However, there are numerous flaws –especially the unconvincing dialogue and actions of the characters [lose a *], especially after being attacked, but most are minor irritations.
The single disc offers play, scene selection and bonus features [original theatrical trailer, Argento on BWTCP, Picture gallery, other titles]. Rated 15 [due to 20 seconds of cuts –which do little for the film] this has mild swearing, but does contain some violence [mostly implied off shot] and has a number of intense and disturbing scenes –but nothing very un-nerving, although parts are sexually suggestive it cleverly lacks nudity or sex. With a good appreciation of suspense it has a wonderful 70’s feel and is a good **** view but is dated.
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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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Format: Blu-ray
"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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Format: DVD
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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