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Tenebrae 1984

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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...

Starring:
Daria Nicolodi, Anthony Franciosa
Rental Formats:
DVD, Blu-ray

Product Details

Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Daria Nicolodi, Anthony Franciosa, Giuliano Gemma, John Saxon, John Steiner
Director Dario Argento
Genres Horror, Thriller
Studio ARROW FILMS
Rental release 27 January 2003
Main languages English
Original title Unsane
Discs
  • Feature ages_18_and_over
Runtime 1 hour 45 minutes
Starring Daria Nicolodi, Anthony Franciosa, Giuliano Gemma, John Saxon, John Steiner
Director Dario Argento
Genres Horror, Thriller
Studio LACE GROUP
Rental release 27 June 2011
Main languages English
Original title UNSANE

Customer Reviews

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Format: Blu-ray
Arrow's reissue of this Argento classic is superior in every way. The image is lush and vivid and the best I've ever seen it (including several theatrical showings). Audio is also great with the propulsive score thumping through loud and clear. In the extras department, my favorites are the 2 excellent audio commentaries, and a new interview with Argento expert, Maitland McDonough that sheds a great deal of light on why Tenebrae is the way it is--it really gave me a better appreciation for what I originally thought was just too icy a film to like very much. Overall, outstanding.
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I expected much more from that. Instead it's a quite ridiculous film with few moments that are up to Argento's reputation, but here you can already see the beginning of the end: no more ideas, bad script, awful acting: like one of his pale and pointless clones.
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Format: Blu-ray
I put off buying this BD disc for a long time because the reviews for it were so negative and it was never my favourite Argento film (it's in the second tier of solid but undistinguished classics), so I was content to keep with my Anchor Bay DVD which had extras I knew weren't on here anyway.

After finally picking the disc up, I have to wonder what the problem is. I think the film looks great. The problem everyone cites is this "scanner noise" issue, which should be familiar to those who collect classic Italian films on blu-ray. City of the Living Dead, from Arrow and Blue Underground, is the worst offender since, as a 16mm film, the grain was the size of live maggots dancing on your TV...even then I still enjoyed the HD presentation. Both releases of Django suffer from it. Another example is Mill Creek's Spaghetti Western Double Feature blu-ray of The Grand Duel and Keoma, in which Keoma was presented in a similar manner. This is an unusual and, yes, not ideal presentation, but it's lead to all kinds of wild accusations from amateur videophiles - that it's an "upscale" (why did we teach them this word?), that it's had an egregious amount of DNR applied and 'fake grain' added...The latter is a particularly baffling claim when one examines these discs for the tell-tale signs of detail depth - hair, clothing textures, unpolished wood surfaces. Tenebrae, like Keoma and City... does include a lot of depth. I have no idea why this strange look occurs, but it's not nearly as dramatic as others lead me to believe. Tenebrae was not by any means a chore to get through - the colours were vivid and strong, depth and detail astonishing...I watched it the same day as
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One of the best 'Giallo' genre films, and certainly one of Dario Argento's best. Tenebrae means 'darkness', and the irony is the film is mostly shot in bright daylight, or in clean modern brightly lit interiors.
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This is the a brilliant horror by Dario Argento, the first of his horror films I have seen, its essentially a serial killer horror about a guy murdering people one by one with a blade tearing through the neighborhod and causing mayhem, it has great theme music which really keeps the tension high and doesn't let up until the end!!
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I have commented on this release before but having just watched the Wild Side (Universal) label release (bought from Amazaon France), I thought I should speak once more. The downside of the French release is that subtitles are automatically displayed (unless watching in French!) and you cannot deselect them on a standard blu ray player (but they are not burned on). I didnt find them distracting but you should be aware. Watching this edition of Tenebrae has made me appreciate how dire the Arrow release is. The picture displays a good balance of colours as I would have expected them to be (with prominence towards browns, whites, reds). The picture is also sharp and displays good depth. Sound is good, but still does not display exceptional fidelity. Comparing this back against the Arrow edition, there is no fizzing of the images as on the Arrow edition (I dont know but I am beginning to wonder of there was a lot of processing applied to the master of the Arrow edition which just did not work?) possibily as a result of edge enhancement or perhaps an attempt to digitally sharpen the image (I'm no technician) - you can even see Peter Neal's face clearly in the opening sequences. The balance of colour is off too, green's/foliage should not have appeared with the same searing strength of colour as, say, the reds. Every now and again there is a suggestion of detail in the image (look at reflections in glass), but this is inconsistent as the Wild Side release demonstrates with textures in backgrounds (the texture of masonry/plaster). I really cannot overstate how good the Wild Side release is - the difference is like looking out of the window through a net curtain (Arrow) and then lifting it aside. Blu Ray is here to showcase the best quality of film exhibition available in the mass market.Read more ›
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Format: Blu-ray
Tenebrae is a great Italian Slasher and Arrow have done a beautiful job with the transfer it gets a 5/5 from me.

You get two discs and loads of bonus features, plus a nice revisable sleeve and booklet with information about the film

The sound is in 2.0 PCM, and the film ratio is in 1.85:1. Subtitles English SDH.
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