Director: Dario Argento

Starring: David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia


Director: Dario Argento

Starring: Daria Nicolodi, Irene Miracle, Alida Valli

Regarded by many as Dario Argento’s best film, Deep Red concerns an English music teacher (Hemmings) in Rome who witnesses a brutal murder, and teams up with a young reporter (Argento regular Daria Nicolodi) to investigate. The film is a showcase for the director’s stylistic flourishes, and aural extravagances. No presentation has come close to equalling that on Anchor Bay’s Region 1 disc, which presents the film in a stunning widescreen (2.35:1) transfer, enhanced for 16:9 sets, with a new Dolby Digital 5.1 surround mix that pushes the ferocious Goblin soundtrack. The disc contains the most complete version of the film ever assembled in one place, and was created with Argento’s full co-operation. A couple of scenes are included that only have Italian audio, (the English tracks have been lost, or were never recorded), and these have been subtitled. Two trailers and a tantalising ten-minute 25th Anniversary featurette, which includes interviews with Argento and the members of Goblin, complete the package, which is guaranteed to take pride of place in any collection of European horror movies.

Inferno, about a student (Leigh McCloskey) investigating his sister’s murder, is a sequel to Dario Argento's 1977 classic Suspiria, and is the second film in the director's proposed Three Mothers trilogy. Argento’s flair reaches a peak here, in a film that simply oozes atmosphere. Anchor Bay's Region 1 DVD presents the 1980 film in 1.85:1 theatrical ratio, with 16:9 enhancement, that manages to faithfully capture Argento’s use of strong patches of coloured lighting. The disc also boasts a new Chace Dolby 5.1 sound mix, a trailer, talent bios and a photo gallery complete. Argento introduces the film, and also appears in an interesting eight-minute interview featurette with Lamberto Bava.


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