Dario Argento’s most widely known and perhaps most well received film is Suspiria and while I love the film with all my heart, I’ve always loved his 1985 film Phenomena even more. It’s oddly shot like a music video, even using a heavy metal soundtrack with the likes of Iron Maiden and Motorhead (along with Goblin scores). It tones down the intense lighting and ramps up the crazy, if you can imagine such a thing. Phenomena even stars a young Jennifer Connelly solving murders alongside Donald Pleasence… with the helps of insects that she can communicate with telepathically.
Synapse had announced some time ago after their Tenebrae launch, they would be restoring Phenomena and eventually Suspiria. Outside of a few screen grabs of the restoration process, it’s been fairly quiet, but today things will be getting louder as all the details, artwork and a release date of November 16th has been revealed! It include both the Phenomena cut of the film and the Creepers cut along with a soundtrack CD and a bunch of other bonus features. Keep reading to check out everything that will be included.
The young Jenifer 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 in this beautiful Limited Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Steelbook® (only 3000 units produced), containing THREE different cuts of the film re-mastered in stunning high-definition! An exclusive CD created specifically for this release, and a collector’s booklet with liner notes from writer Michael Gingold and former New Line Cinema publicist Gary Hertz, along with technical notes about this release from Vincent Pereira complete this unique and amazing Special Edition package.
PHENOMENA (116 minute version)
This English/Italian hybrid cut of PHENOMENA contains an additional six minutes of material not seen in the 110 minute version. Completely remixed by Synapse Films to seamlessly integrate the additional Italian audio segments into the feature, and remastered in high-definition, this version ofPHENOMENA is now available for the FIRST TIME EVER in North America! High-Definition 1080p (1.66:1) Presentation / DTS-HD MA 2.0 English/Italian Stereo, Optional DTS-HD MA 2.0 Italian Stereo / Multiple optional English subtitle selections, including one for just the foreign language segments of the hybrid version, complete English subtitles for the entire feature, and complete English subtitles for the Italian version of the film.
PHENOMENA (110 minute version)
This international version of PHENOMENA was released in 1985 and contains almost 30 minutes of additional footage not seen in the CREEPERS U.S. version. Completely remastered in high-definition and released, for the FIRST TIME EVER, on Blu-ray! High-Definition 1080p (1.66:1) Presentation / DTS-HD MA English 2.0 Stereo / English Subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
CREEPERS (83 minute U.S. release version)
Synapse Films is proud to present the U.S. version of CREEPERS, now available for the FIRST TIME EVER remastered in high-definition (1080p 1.66:1 Presentation). Includes optional English subtitles for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing.
“EXCLUSIVE” Synapse Films PHENOMENA Original Motion Picture Soundtrack CD
This original motion picture soundtrack contains the complete 16 track Goblin instrumental score forPHENOMENA, along with four additional music tracks from Andi Sex Gang and Simon Boswell. This CD, exclusively available from Synapse Films, is the first time these music tracks have been included on the same CD compilation.
- THREE differents cut 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 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 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 Version and CREEPERS Version)
- Multiple optional subtitle selections on PHENOMENA (116 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.
- “EXCLUSIVE” Synapse Films PHENOMENA CD Soundtrack – This original motion picture soundtrack contains the complete 16 track Goblin instrumental score for PHENOMENA, along with four additional music tracks from Andi Sex Gang and Simon Boswell. This CD, exclusively available from Synapse Films, is the first time these music tracks have been included on the same CD compilation.
- PLEASE NOTE, SO IT IS UNDERSTOOD (We always seem to get emails about this, even though the info is posted in the order info for the Steelbooks, so we’re just posting it TWICE in this listing, and again in our News/Blog post about this release elsewhere on the site): Like our three previous Limited Collector’s Edition Steelbook® releases, the price of this product is $39.95 plus a $6.00 packing/handling fee ($45.95 total). Synapse Films personally and securely wraps/packs/insures and ships each and every Steelbook® individually with additional packing necessary to keep it safe on its way to your home. We even hand deliver them ourselves to the post office. Those of you who would like to save the $6.00 and pick it up direct from our office can certainly do so. Please call our office at 734-494-3502 to place your order for pick up and we’ll reserve yours, so you can come by the office and get your copy when it’s released!