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Dario Argento's The Bird with the Crystal Plumage gets LE Blu-ray this June

03.20.2017by: Mike Sprague

It was just a few hours ago I hit you guys with news of the SUSPIRIA remake coming our way. Dario Argento is getting remade. What has the world come to, right? Anyhow it only seems fair that as I report on the new workings within the land of Argento, I should keep you guys up to date on the old (or, you know, classic).

Dario Argento's very first flick THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE is a mini-masterpiece within the sub-sub-genre of slashers/horror flicks the "giallo". The film is now coming out courtesy of Arrow Video and sports a ton of new special features.

Peep all the details below!

SPECIAL FEATURES:

 
• Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the camera negative in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release
• High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
• Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
• English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
• New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
• The Power of Perception, a new visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria and Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study
• New analysis of the film by critic Kat Ellinger
• New interview with writer/director Dario Argento
• New interview with actor Gildo Di Marco (Garullo the pimp)
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp
• Limited edition 60-page booklet illustrated by Matthew Griffin, featuring an appreciation of the film by Michael Mackenzie, and new writing by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook

BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE synopsis:

In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage – a film which redefined the ‘giallo’ genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom.

Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante, We Own the Night), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi, Funeral in Berlin) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorising Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall, Spasmo)…

A staggeringly assured debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage establishes the key traits that would define Argento’s filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in the West), this landmark film has never looked or sounded better in this new, 4K-restored limited edition from Arrow Video!

THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE, starring Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Eva Renzi, and directed by Dario Argento, hits limited edition Blu-ray and DVD June 20th.

PRE-ORDER YOUR COPY HERE

Extra Tidbit: Ennio Morricone (THE THING) composed the score.
Source: Arrow Video

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