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Tenebrae [Blu-ray] [1982]

4.1 out of 5 stars 42 customer reviews

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  • Actors: Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon, Daria Nicolodi, Guiliano Gemma, John Steiner
  • Directors: Dario Argento
  • Producers: Claudio Argento
  • Format: Anamorphic, PAL, Widescreen
  • Language: Italian
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun. 2011
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (42 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NEQ71G
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 90,338 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Terror Beyond Belief!

A notorious horror classic returns in all its depraved glory. This infamous video nasty updated the classic Giallo blueprint for the gorified 80s, courting controversy and drenching the viewer in crimson arterial spray.

A razor-wielding psycho is stalking the horror writer Peter Neal, in Rome to promote his latest work, Tenebre. But the author isnt the obsessive killers only target, the beautiful women who surround him are doomed as one by one, they fall victim to the murderers slashing blade

Will fiction and reality blur as fear and madness take hold? Watch in terror as by turns the cast fall victim to the sadistic imagination of Dario Argento, Italys master of horror.

Special Features:

  • 4 Sleeve art options with original and newly commissioned art work
  • Double-sided fold-out poster
  • Exclusive collector s booklet featuring brand new writing on Tenebrae by Alan Jones, author of Profondo Argento
  • Brand new HD restoration of the film
  • Optional original mono English and Italian audio
  • Audio Commentary with Argento experts, journalists and writers Kim Newman and Alan Jones
  • Audio Commentary with Argento expert Thomas Rostock
  • Introduction by Daria Nicolodi
  • Screaming Queen! Daria Nicolodi remembers Tenebrae
  • The Unsane World of Tenebrae: An interview with Dario Argento
  • A Composition for Carnage: Claudio Simonetti on Tenebrae
  • Goblin: Tenebrae and Phenomena Live from the Glasgow Arches
  • Original Trailer

Review

A riveting horror film --Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine

Sadistically beautiful and viciously exciting, welcome to true terror with Dario Argentos shockingly relentless Tenebrae. --BBC

Tenebrae's sexual frisson and eye for splatter is explicitly nasty. But theres more to this accomplished slasher than just blood 'n' guts, Argento busily subverting thriller conventions while toying with the viewers preconceptions about misogynous screen violence. --Total Film
--Total Film

Sadistically beautiful and viciously exciting, welcome to true terror with Dario Argentos shockingly relentless Tenebrae. --BBC

Tenebrae's sexual frisson and eye for splatter is explicitly nasty. But theres more to this accomplished slasher than just blood 'n' guts, Argento busily subverting thriller conventions while toying with the viewers preconceptions about misogynous screen violence. --Total Film

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Amazon delivered the package nicely sealed and one day ahead of schedule. Unfortunately, the booklet inside the actual Blu-ray package suffers from a rather comical misprint. Some pages are inexplicably upside down, and one page, while inside the booklet, is not actually attached to it. Everything else is fine, but Arrow Video should definitely keep a close eye on print errors like these because they are unusual (none of the other Arrow Video releases have booklets with this error).
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The author of a string of successful-but-violent novels goes to promote his latest book in Rome, but someone is stalking and killing his fans & entourage. From the opening scene this is like watching the essence of the 1980s – it’s all very stylish, with flashy direction, bold wardrobes, striking locations, and modelesque actors.

Most impressively, there’s a lot of impeccable camerawork – like a completely unnecessary, but nonetheless beautiful, elongated single-take crane shot (with Bonus double-kill!!) that circles a building for minutes. It’s also one of the most bright and colourful slashers you’ll ever see, with phenomenal lighting and particularly eye-popping greens and reds. The soundtrack is dominated by a catchy synth rock earworm, which may sound familiar as it was more recently sampled by Justice (original by Goblin.)

It’ feels smarter and better planned than most other slashers as it sets everyone up as a potential suspect, then slowly kills them off one by one, ending on a stunning finale with around 10 minutes of sustained blood, gore, and multiple plot twists – which plays out like a precursor to later and more aware horror films like Scream. Other than being almost exclusively suspiciously sexualised nudey babes that are being butchered right left and center there isn’t much to complain about here.

Tenebre sees a visionary Italian (and Horror) auteur crafting one of his most mainstream movies – a dual language whodunnit – at the height of his notoriety. A truly classic and top-drawer horror / giallo film that’s a crimson blueprint for subsequent slashers; it’s still great fun to watch, and easy to admire.
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This film is very nice. I think the movie would be better if it ended a little bit more sad. The filming is very expressive. The story comes from life, higher than life. I like the hero. I watched this video with my brother.
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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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Watched this the other night after not having seen it for quite some time and was left underwhelmed. The dialogue is a lot worse than I remember which is probably part of why I enjoyed it in my younger years. There's some great shots here and there but overall I found the film to be weaker than some of his earlier films. Tenebrae just feels stale a lot of time.
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This is another who did it thriller from the master Dario Argento, its a great story as always with a killer on the loose and you never guess what happens until the big twist at the end, its not Argento's best but still good to have in the collection, some quality camera work and creepy music make it a classic still. The cast is good including a small part by John Saxon from a nightmare on elm street, there is some bloody gore as usual as expected from Argento, if your a fan then its a must in the collection.
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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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