A Double Dose of the Dying
TastyBabySyndrome | "Daddy Dagon's Daycare" - Proud Sponsor of the Lit | 05/19/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Normally I prefer to pick up movies in their own individual formats and avoid these dual releases. I never really liked the quality of many of the setups, with their cheap renditions of movie art and lame packaging to the sometimes lower quality of the product itself. Still, this was not the case in the Dario Argento Collections because, as others have testified, Anchor Bay's transfer was crisp and clean, certainly beat the older transferals I had seen. To add to this, I like the way the cover art gives a more modern depiction of both movies meshed into one, plus gives you the original art sampled on the inside.
As for the movies themselves:
Deep Red is a classic Italian suspense tale involving a witness overseeing a murder, rushing to the scene of the crime to help, and then finding himself ensnared in Argento's classical psychological/some physical torment web that engulfs both himself and the killer. There are a lot of layers circulating throughout the movie, giving it depth beyond the normal genre "slasher" flick. That said, its also one of the more gruesome films that Dario directed. With killings involving cleavers, oddly conceived decapitations, and other unique methods of murder that I won't mention for fear of spoiling them, it manages to keep the gore lover's attention without insulting them. With film restoration adding to the movie, you are given a clearer overall picture of what Argento wanted to present as well, despite language switches causing the need for subtitles throughout the movie.
Tenebrae is the story of the acclaimed novelist Peter Neal, whose works have obviously attracted much recognition. Currently we catch him in Rome, "doing the rounds" to promote his newest work, Tenebrae. Unfortunately for Neal, the novel has attracted a certain fan who is a bit more murderously influenced than most. Overall, I was impressed with this work because it operated off of story and not just gore. Tenebrae does have a few gruesome parts in it, mind you, but it also has a few points where the plot pivots on its heels. It manages to keep you wondering "who" without depriving you of the psychological torment that someone normally expects from Argento.
Both are nice pieces that seem to suit both Argento fans, newcomers, and even some critics alike. I recommend them highly."
Beautiful color to enrich a bloody classic
TastyBabySyndrome | 07/26/2001
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The color saturation is the key element to enrich a beautifully mastered bloody classic. Years ago I saw the japanese import laser disk of Deep Red; a muddy, murky print with scratches to boot. This is actually the complete Italian version Profondo Rosso and it has never looked better. The mise-en-scene of Dario Argento's Giallo masterpeice is allowed to fully flower, and can now be completely appreciated as it was meant to be seen. A key scene where a man's head is crushed by an oncoming vehical can now be seen in all it's gory, visceral detail, and seems to jump out right into your lap with this compelling DVD edition. The extras are excellent. An informative 25th aniversary featurette, trailers, and interviews with Dario. An unforgettable film experience given its full power by gorgeous print quality.Tenebre is equally beautiful. The killer's flashback sequences come off particularly well. High contrast separates the red blood from background color, fully enriched by the print quality. The arm lopping scene, cut from all editions until now, will absolutely shock and amaze the viewer with its color contrast between the white wall and deep red gore. The informative 4 page booklet for Deep Red and the poster for Tenebre are very nice additions to two beaufully enriched classics, with many scenes thought lost, only to be seen on inferior bootleg copies. Thank you Anchor Bay for this definitive special edition."
Which of the two is best?
Dr. Freeman | Perry, Iowa United States | 11/06/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Ive never met an Argento movie i didnt love and these two are no exception. Stylish and intense would describe them both. Called by some, the Italian Hitchcock, Argento is truly a master of the genre. The quality of both DVD's is great, with fantastic sound and picture quality. The musical score by Goblin is marvelous."
2 Argento Classics For The Price of 1!
Daniel Kepley | Viola, DE USA | 10/18/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Anchor Bay's Dario Argento Collection Volume 3 represents the best of the Italian Hitchcock's distinguished career in horror. First up, we have DEEP RED, his breakthrough. I love the way Argento throws a simple eyewitness (in this case, a Jazz pianist/music teacher) into the mystery. There is a detail of the murder that he witnesses that is like a splinter in his mind (a missing painting) and compels him to investigate the murder. First off, DEEP RED is brilliantly realized and scary in its structure and execution; even things that seem unrelated fit into the solution! I also enjoyed the scenes with David Hemmings (the pianist) and Daria Nicolodi (the reporter that is investigating the murder); not only do they have a terrific chemistry lacking in today's movies, but these moments actually allow you to relax and often laugh. Sure the language switches are annoying at first (at least subtitles are provided, and the original Italian dialogue track is included, in 5.1 no less), but at least it's uncut. DEEP RED (aka PROFUNDO ROSSO) is a definite must-watch!
TENEBRE is considered by some Argento fans to be his masterpiece, and it's easy to see why; I bet Stephen King has seen this movie and could relate to it. The title refers to a murder mystery novel that is a best-seller and is being promoted in Rome by its author, Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa). Anyway, someone is on a murderous rampage seemingly inspired by the book (in fact, the first victim has the pages of the book stuffed in her mouth as she is knifed). TENEBRE is rich in symbolism and style; just check out that photography! The ending is one of the greatest horror movie endings of all time! And again, another great performance by Daria Nicolodi as the author's friend; John Saxon steals it as Neal's agent. You have got to see this movie, it will blow you away!
This limited edition 2-pack is the best way to own Dario Argento's greatest achievements! Both films are light years beyond any horror film made before, between, or after them. This is Dario Argento at his best; HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!!"