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Dario Argento's Inferno [Blu-ray][Region Free]

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  • Actors: Leigh McCloskey, Irene Miracle, Sacha Pitoeff, Eleanora Giorgi, Alida Valli
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Producers: Claudio Argento
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 13 Sept. 2010
  • Run Time: 106 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (62 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003OC99HQ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,550 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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After Suspiria comes the Inferno!

After the box office smash Suspiria comes this second mind scrambling instalment of the Three Mothers trilogy, a psychedelic trip into gut wrenching horror. Join master of terror Dario Argento as he takes you inside a world of surreal fear and bloody violence!

As a brother and sister delve into a series of gruesome New York murders it soon becomes clear that the devil is at work. A coven of witches are abroad and they bring murder, death and escalating insanity with them...

Get fired up for one of the masterpieces of Euro-Horror... Get ready for INFERNO!


Inferno, Dario Argento's sequel to Suspiria (1977), is an even more incoherent nightmare fantasy. Laden with symbolic imagery and fantastic explosions of death shot in candy-coloured hues, it's a blood feast for the eyes. Mark (Leigh McCloskey), an American music student in Rome, rushes home to New York after a frantic phone call from his sister only to find an empty apartment and obscure clues about a supernatural presence in her spooky building. It all has something to do with the mysterious Mater Tenebrarum, one of the "Three Mothers" of Argento's murky mythology, and the funhouse of an apartment house she inhabits, complete with a fully furnished underwater ballroom, miles of secret tunnels flooded in red and blue light, and hidden passageways under the floorboards. Meanwhile there's a killer running around stabbing beautiful women for who knows what reason, and a crippled bookseller attacked by rats and a homicidal hot dog vendor in Central Park. Why? It's best not to ponder such mysteries--Argento obviously isn't as concerned with making sense of his meticulously staged murders as he is with lighting them with just the right hue. Dramatically it's inert, a parade of quirky but faceless victims dispatched with elaborate care, but it's beautifully designed and executed, a spectacle of elaborate set pieces and magnificent decor orchestrated with a complete disdain for narrative logic. --Sean Axmaker --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Being the huge Argento fanboy that I am, I ordered this Arrow Blu-ray along with my own country's version released by Blue Underground. After watching both twice, I personally prefer the Arrow, which surprised me because after much research on-line it seems most people prefer the Blue Underground. Even stranger, I've compared screencaps of both releases from review sites and actually preferred the Blue Underground version in the still images, but for some reason this Arrow release looks better in motion. I think the color palette plays an important part in conveying the atmosphere in this film, so it's very important to get it right. I found the Blue Underground's colors dark and bold (more 'horror movie' style) while the Arrow's were bright and almost neon (more 'dream-like'). Comparing the two, I find the Arrow's color palette suits the film better for me. The Blue Underground release seemed almost too dark in some places and the colors, while bold and beautiful, just weren't as bright and surreal as the Arrow's. I guess it's a simple question of if you like the dark, bold colors or the bright ones, but I know which one I preferred. I've also heard a lot of negative comments about Arrow's use of DNR, however there are a lot of scenes in this Arrow release that contain a good amount of grain in them so these accusations may be unfounded. I don't think they got carried away with the DNR--most shots just look cleaner, and as for the accusations the characters look "waxy", the flesh tones look fine to me.

I'll also add that the sound on this release is noticeably better than the Blue Underground, and I don't even have a sound system hooked up, just my regular TV speakers and I could still tell the difference.
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Not sure about the general audience of this kind of stuff today but I've been watching these films for over twenty years and have gone from sitting through terrible quality bootleg tapes (because uncut versions were not available in England at the time - censorship is nowhere near the problem it was, thankfully) through to Digital Versatile Discs (er, DVD to the general public), sometimes buying several editions of a film, and finally Blu-ray. I couldn't afford laserdiscs but gleefully read about those in mags like Dark Side, Is It Uncut?, etc - the approximate 400 line resolution of laserdiscs is now hopelessly outdated, but fans would eagerly pay anything up to £100 at film fairs for their favourites in presentations that far exceeded the quality of the then consumer champion of VHS.

Inferno is an pretty surreal tale of the uncanny, with a series of morbid events occurring that can make little sense in conventional terms, and even on multiple viewings you still wonder at the strangeness of it all. Not quite as bombastic as Suspiria, this is nevertheless an artistically experimental film with occasionally brutal killings and an otherworldly feel to what the characters are going through. It's not for all, but the movie has gathered a critically positive reaction over the years and is now generally considered to be a bit of a classic. Personally I tend to have a good time experiencing the admittedly slightly crazy middle section of Argento's Three Mothers trilogy.

Now, Inferno is one of those movies that I've seen in several editions and before buying I checked image comparisons between the currently available Blue Underground Blu-ray, and the Arrow equivalent. As the more diplomatic of reviewers put it, it appears to be a matter of taste what you might prefer.
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Before purchasing this disc I read many reviews about the Arrow version and the Blue Underground version.
I also viewed many screen caps of the differing discs and personally I preferred the Arrow version.
This is a personal opinion and I'm sure many would disagree with me. It seems that 'Arrow Bashing' has almost become a national sport in this country.
Now I don't profess to be an expert on the differing quality in picture but I was pleased with the Arrow disc. Since buying I have had the opportunity to view the Blue Underground disc which a friend had and I am still quite content with my decision.
There have been versions of films by Blue Underground which have been much better than their Arrow counterparts ("Deep Red" being one example) and in that case I did purchase the Blue Underground disc.
But as someone who has been watching these films since the 1970's at the cinema and then on ropey VHS copies and then DVD I find the level of vitriol quite amusing. It really is making a mountain out of a mole hill.
Arrow have, of course, provided the buyer with a wealth of extras, as listed on previous reviews, as well as the usual 4 covers and poster, which I greatly appreciate.
It's true that Arrow do not always get it right but I do think they should be supported (along with the Shameless label) in making these films available in this country in affordable and collectable editions.
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Arrow video have put together a pretty solid package here with an uncut (some mouse bothering was causing the BBFC a few palpitations) restored HD transfer. It's very clean and shows off the vibrant palette well. Dark scenes have the grain you'd expect from a film this age, but remain clear and appear true to the original source.

Also included are four sleeve art options, a double-sided poster, an exclusive collector's booklet written by Alan Jones (author of 'Profondo Argento' and founder of Frightfest) and six original poster art postcards.

The new extras feature some lovely animated title sequences that relate to various aspects of the film and are fun in their own right, whilst the content is on the whole brief but insightful. In particular the recollections of Argento and Daria Nicolodi are amusingly disparate with the former husband and wife not entirely in agreement over artistic input (in 'Dario's Inferno' featurette and 'Acting In Hot Water - An Interview With Daria Nicolodi).

'The Other Mother: Making The Black Cat' is a diverting curiosity more interesting for director Luigi Cozzi's perspective on Argento and Nicolodi than for his story on how the unofficial 1989 'sequel' to Inferno came to pass.

The 2000 documentary 'Dario Argento: An Eye For Horror' makes an appearance too, containing much worshipping at the Italian's feet by the likes of George A. Romero, John Carpenter and Tom Savini. Narrated by the always engaging Mark Kermode, it suffers from being a decade old with out of date remarks like "his still unfinished Three Mothers Trilogy" and from an overly reverential tone that does it no favours.
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