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Phenomena Blu-Ray Review (Synapse)
Synapse Films presents one of Dario Argento's wildest films, “Phenomena,” in 3 different cuts in stunning HD for the first time in America.
Jennifer (Jennifer Connelly) is transferred to an all girl’s school in Switzerland while her father, a famous actor, works abroad in the Philippines. Jennifer has a strange control over insects and begins to help a local entomologist (Donald Pleasence) with uncovering a series of brutal murders in the area. If this doesn't sound like an insane enough set up to make for memorable film already, there is more insanity to be had. “Phenomena” also features a Goblin/heavy metal score, sleepwalking, out of control camera work, an avenging chimp, repulsive imagery, and some out of this world twists that all smash together to create one of the most bizarre yet strangely familiar Argento films. It comes as a shock that the film is coherent at all.
With all the madness, any Argento fan can still spot some strong Argento staples that are undeniably from his mind. The camera work harkens back to his previous film “Tenebre;” in particular, the complex dolly shot examining a home, top from bottom, before the occupants are brutally murdered. Right from the opening credits, the camera in “Phenomena” drifts into a group of tall pine trees, mingling with nature while the wind simultaneously ravages them. The wind elements helps make the hilly wilderness around become thick with creepy atmosphere. Not only does this opening look beautiful and haunting, but it sets up the wind as a presence in the film. The wind later comes into play during scenes when Jennifer uses her powers with insects or while the killer is stalking. This duality or correlation between the killer and our heroine is an interesting one. The American in an unfamiliar area is a reoccurring theme in Argento's films, recalling “The Bird With the Crystal Plumage” and “Inferno.” Add in an abusive school element, and we have a major similarity to the maestro’s most popular work, “Suspiria.” Another interesting comparison is the motivation of the killer in comparing it to previous films; a once attacked person becomes the attacker. The score is wonderful and fantastical, helping the film push its fantasy elements. The metal music, although more melodic than most, brings home the moments of horror. One of the oddest plot points of the film has got to be the involvement of the chimpanzee. The chimp plays a helper to Donald Pleasence and, later, an avenger of his; the whole subplot, although not the oddest part, seems absurd yet scary. The imagery of a primate with a straight razor is something nightmares are made of. The extreme factors are quite shocking, even for Argento, and more grisly and disturbing than any previous work of his. The nasty bits become most vile in the climax which involves a vat of decay/gore, which, of course, someone falls into. During this, a man breaks off his own finger to escape handcuffs and, to finish, a pair of killers, one being a mutated child. All these flashes of horror are again made the more horrifying because the surreal quality makes it feel more fantasy than nightmare, but it soon becomes the latter.
Synapse has included three cuts of the film; a 116min cut, a 110min cut, and the truncated US cut entitled “Creepers” which clocks in at a brisk 82min. “Creepers” makes for a great way to revisit the film after being familiar enough with the other cuts, the gore is mostly intact, it’s just a tad inept. Also included on the set is the vintage documentary “Dario Argento's World of Horror.” The doc covers the flicks Argento has been involved with up until “Phenomena” and is packed with interviews and great behind the scene footage. Included in the footage is even a look into some of the more complex camera shots Argento uses.
Synapse has done a good job in bringing “Phenomena” to Blu-ray in the US and added a couple nice surprises to the release.
The young Jennifer Corvino (played by Oscar-winning actress Jennifer Connelly, in one of her first film roles) is sent to a private Swiss academy for girls where a vicious killer is on the loose, brutally murdering students. Jennifer is a “gifted” girl with the strange ability to communicate with insects, and Dr. McGregor (Donald Pleasence, John Carpenter’s HALLOWEEN series, ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK) enlists her to help locate the killer. Jennifer finds herself in a bizarre murder plot with maggots, mutants, and razor-wielding chimpanzee mayhem! Can she uncover the killer’s identity before becoming a victim herself? Daria Nicolodi (TENEBRAE) and Fiore Argento (DEMONS) also star in this strange, unique and gory film from Italy’s Master of Horror, Dario Argento. PHENOMENA also features fantastic soundtrack music from progressive-rock favorite Goblin, British Heavy Metal masters Motörhead & Iron Maiden, Andi Sex Gang, Bill Wyman and Simon Boswell!
Synapse Films is proud to present Dario Argento’s PHENOMENA on a 2-disc Blu-ray containing THREE different cuts of the film re-mastered in stunning high-definition
- THREE different cuts of PHENOMENA, all available in high-definition for the first time ever in one collector's edition package!
- Audio Commentary Track on PHENOMENA (110 Version) from Argento scholar and author, Derek Botelho and film historian, journalist and radio/television commentator, David Del Valle
- Two completely different sound mix options on PHENOMENA (110 Minute Version), including the original 2.0 stereo mix, along with a rare alternate mix containing different sound effects and music cues
- English/Italian Hybrid Audio and Complete Italian Audio Options for PHENOMENA (116 Minute Version)
- DARIO ARGENTO'S WORLD OF HORROR Documentary. A fascinating look at the early films of director Dario Argento, including PHENOMENA, SUSPIRIA, DEMONS, DAWN OF THE DEAD, INFERNO and many more! Containing candid interviews and awesome behind-the-scenes footage, DARIO ARGENTO'S WORLD OF HORROR gives us a look into the mind of Italy's Master of Horror and is an essential viewing experience for all Argento fans.
- Interview with Andi Sex Gang
- PHENOMENA International Theatrical Trailer
- CREEPERS U.S. Theatrical Trailer & Radio Spots
- Optional English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard for Hearing on PHENOMENA (110 Minute Version)and CREEPERS Version)
- Multiple optional subtitle selections on PHENOMENA (116 Minute Version), including one for just the foreign English language segments of the hybrid version, complete English subtitles for the entire feature, and complete English subtitles for the Italian version of the film.
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Spider aka Zirneklis Blu-Ray Review (Mondo Macabro)
Mondo Macabro's modus operandi has always been bringing strange and bizarre world cinema to the public eye and, boy, did they ever do that with Vasili Mass’s “Spider” from Latvia.
“Spider” aka Zirneklis is part coming-of-age story and part nightmarish art film. It’s abundant with horrific, repulsive yet beautifully crafted moments. Vita, a young religious girl, becomes the focus of an artist after he is hired by a priest to make a piece for the school. Vita is soon caught in a web of perverse dreams. These dreams involve the obsessed artist who seems to be able to transform himself into a giant spider. As this spider, he carries out rapes and other disturbing behavior against Vita. The effects and set design in the dream sequences are done almost to perfection. The spider seems to have good maneuverability without seeming overly mechanical, while the foggy set and decorations bring the whole scene together. The setting of the film soon changes for the better as Vita is sent to live with her Aunt and her family to an equally secluded and gorgeous area. Vita seems to be the object of desire for almost everyone she encounters, but she becomes enamored with her new cousin and the two begin a romantic friendship. Quickly the perverse dreams come back into her life and the story climaxes in a sauna where the priest and artist fight for her faith or virginity or both. Who knows?
“Spider” is a wild film that needs to be seen to be understood; or not, for that matter. Due to its unsettling plot and pace, “Spider” is not always the most engaging film; but for what it lacks in some departments, it makes up for with its visual flair and its subjectively provocative ideas. Included on the disc is an interview with the director Vasili Mass and a behind the scenes look at the film. The interview is an interesting look into Latvia filmmaking and their politics of the film industry. Mondo Macabro has once again set out to do what it does and show the audience the wild side of cinema.
Vita, a beautiful teenage girl, is asked by a controversial artist to pose as the Virgin Mary for a painting. She visits his studio and finds herself swept up into the bizarre world of the artist and his bohemian friends. She seems to see his paintings come to life and is pursued by strange shadowy figures. Later she has nightmarish visions of the artist visiting her at night in the form of a huge spider. The next morning she finds marks on her body that look like the bites of a large insect.
Vita’s mother becomes worried about her and sends the girl off to stay with relatives in the countryside, believing that the change of environment will help her to recover. However, it seems the dark forces that threatened Vita in the city have followed her and an ancient evil is being awakened that feeds off Vita’s burgeoning sexuality.
This Latvian shot, Russian language film was produced in the post Glasnost years of the former Soviet Union, when the barriers were down and previously unacceptable material was being explored for the first time. This is one of the very few sex-horror films to come out of that period and still stands today as a daring and unique production, packed with elaborate and astonishing visual sequences of morbid eroticism.
- First ever U.S. release of this rare film
- Newly created English subtitles
- Interview with director
- Rare on set footage
- Mondo Macabro previews
- Cover art from Gilles Vranckx
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The Dead Next Door Blu-Ray Review (MVD)
The neighbors are dropping by for dinner... and you're on the menu!
Two and a half decades before "The Walking Dead" made zombies mainstream on cable television, 19-year-old writer/director J.R. Bookwalter ("Ozone," "Witchouse 2: Blood Coven") embarked on "The Dead Next Door," an ambitious horror feature pitting an elite team of Zombie Squad soldiers against hoards of the undead and the secretive religious cult hell-bent on protecting them. The film would ultimately take four years to complete with the help of a now-famous Hollywood director and more than 1,500 Northeast Ohio residents, who portrayed the multitudes of bloodthirsty ghouls. For this collector's edition, brand-new 4:3 and 16:9 1080p HD masters have been painstakingly created from a 2K restoration using the original Super-8mm film elements. Also included is a 5.1 surround mix which restores the voices of the original cast members for the first time ever, vintage and newly-prepared bonus materials, audio commentaries, and several all-new extras not previously available. Collectible slipcover with all-new 2017 artwork included with first 1,000 units only!
2K Restored Feature in 4:3 Original Aspect Ratio (1.33:1)
2K Restored Feature in 16:9 Widescreen (1.78:1)
DTS HD-MA 5.1 Surround Original Cast Mix
DTS HD-MA 5.1 Surround Classic Dubbed Mix
Audio Commentary with producers J.R. Bookwalter, Jolie Jackunas and Scott P. Plummer
“Restoration of the Dead” Featurette (19 mins.)
Capitol Theatre Screening Q&A (12 mins.)
The Nightlight Screening Q&A (16 mins.)
Behind the Scenes Footage (19 mins.)
Deleted Scenes & Outtakes (7 mins.)
Storyboard Gallery (27 mins.)
Around The World Gallery (4 mins.)
Behind The Scenes Gallery (9 mins.)
Production Stills Gallery (6 mins.)
NEW! Rare 2001 Foreign DVD Audio Commentary with writer/director J.R. Bookwalter and makeup FX artist David Lange
NEW! Richards Returns: An Interview with actor Scott Spiegel (5 mins.)
NEW! 1999 Akron Location Tour with actor James L. Edwards (5 mins.)
2005 Audio Commentary with writer/director J.R. Bookwalter, actor Michael Todd and cinematographer Michael Tolochko, Jr.
20 Years in 15 Minutes (16 mins.)
Video Storyboards (8 mins.)
Video Preshoots (6 mins.)
Auditions (14 mins.)
Three Miles Out Music Video (3 mins.)
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4. That's the Way of the World
5. Stunt Squad
6. Hell Up in Harlem
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8. The New Kids
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