When it comes to Italian horror directors, there are few on the same level of fan reverence as Dario Argento. While some fans would argue that Argento’s later work isn’t too good, the man’s 70s and 80s output can stand up to just about anyone when it comes to quality and craftsmanship.
Argento is probably best known overall for his work in the giallo sub-genre, but perhaps his most loved individual film is 1977’s Suspiria, a breathtakingly beautiful yet gruesomely gory tale set within a creepy dance school.
While I’ll admit to not yet having seen all of Argento’s work, Suspiria is my favorite of his films that I’ve experienced so far, and I know that’s an opinion many other horror lovers share. Suspiria’s dream logic can make the plot hard to follow at times, but the visuals, atmosphere, and haunting Goblin score are all aces.
Suspiria’s arrival on the Blu-Ray format has been a long time coming. Synapse Films’ restored Blu-Ray edition has been up for pre-order since August, but an official release date had remained in limbo until now. According to Dread Central, Synapse will release Suspiria just prior to the end of the year, on December 19th to be exact.
For those still wanting to pick up a copy, there’s no time like the present, as only 6,000 copies will be produced. The 2-disc Blu-Ray set will set you back $50 (including shipping), and can be purchased directly from Synapse’s website. I paid for my copy months ago, but there is still time for fans who’ve held off to get in on the action. You can also buy it on Amazon, but they’re charging a whopping $90.
Here are the specs:
*Limited edition of only 6000 units produced
*Exclusive Steelbook packaging and collector’s o-card sleeve, featuring artwork from Malleus, Van Orton Design, Juan José Saldarriaga & Chris MacGibbon
*Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition (only 6000 units) containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
*Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
*Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
*Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
*Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
*Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
*A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
*Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
*Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
*Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr. Cover artwork by Matthew Therrien Illustration
*“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
*Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
*Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
*Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
*Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release