Phenomena Limited Edition Blu-ray

Director: Dario Argento
Format: CD+DVD
Release Date: 08 May 2017
EAN:5027035016764

Italian horror maestro Dario Argento made his name by turning homicide into modern art with a cinematic flourish, but with Phenomena he takes his stylish mayhem in new directions. The film opens with the dreamy grace of a fairy tale: a young girl wandering the green meadows of Switzerland and discovering a gingerbread house, wherein lives a monster more modern than mythic, a psychopathic maniac who plunges the picture into a lush nightmare. Jennifer (Jennifer Connelly in her first starring role), a gifted young girl at a Swiss school, has a psychic link to the insect world and develops a connection with the killer through midnight sleepwalks. With the help of a lonely, wheelchair-bound entomologist (genre stalwart Donald Pleasence, who inflects his sonorous tenor with a gentle Scottish burr) she turns telekinetic detective, which only draws her closer to the killer's lair. The densely plotted story becomes muddled at times (this is the busiest film in Argento's oeuvre) but the lyrical cinematography and gorgeous nocturnal imagery--dreamy sleepwalks, nightmarish murders, hideous horrors that emerge in the dark of night--take on a poetic elegance not seen in his previous work, providing the tale with a kind of dream logic. This is a slasher film reborn as an exquisitely grim fantasy: Jennifer in Argentoland. --Sean Axmaker

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Released in 1985, towards the end of Argento’s decade-long golden age as a director, Phenomena co-stars Dalila Di Lazarro (Flesh for Frankenstein), Patrick Bauchau (Clear & Present Danger) & Daria Nicolodi (Tenebrae), & features lush cinematography by Romano Albani (Inferno) & a pounding prog rock score by Goblin (Deep Red, Suspiria). Presented here in a sumptuous new 4K restoration of the film & a newly created “hybrid” English/Italian audio track on the full length 116-minute Italian version, this is the definitive release of Argento’s creepy classic. LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS: Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentations of alll three versions of the film: the 116-minute Italian, 110-minute international & 83-minute “Creepers” cuts New 5.1 surround mixes of the Italian (116-minute) & English (110-minute) soundtracks in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements New hybrid English/Italian soundtrack for the 116-minute version in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 & PCM 2.0 stereo* Italian soundtrack for the 116-minute version in lossless PCM 2.0 stereo English soundtrack for the 110-minute version in lossless PCM 2.0 stereo English soundtrack for the 83-minute version in lossless PCM 1.0 mono Newly translated English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack Optional English subtitles for the deaf & hard of hearing for the English soundtrack New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Gialllo Films The Three Sarcophagi, a new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie comparing the different cuts of Phenomena New feature-length documentary including exclusive interviews with co-writer/producer/director Dario Argento, actors Fiorenza Tessari & Davide Marotta, co-writer Franco Ferrini, production manager Angelo Jacono, special optical effects artist Luigi Cozzi, makeup artist Pier Antonio Mecacci & composers Claudio Simonetti & Simon Boswell Original Italian & English theatrical trailers Limited edition 60-page booklet containing new writing by Mikel J. Koven, Rachael Nisbet & Leonard Jacobs Limited edition packaging featuring original & newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp * The 116-minute Italian cut features approximately six minutes of footage for which English audio does not exist. In these instances, the hybrid track reverts to Italian audio with English subtitles

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