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By James Whittington, Saturday 4th December 2021
From master of horror Dario Argento (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) comes Phenomena - one of his most eccentric and unique thrillers, featuring telepathic insects, maggots galore, and even a razor-wielding chimp!
Jennifer Corvino (Jennifer Connelly), daughter of a world-renowned movie star, arrives in the so-called "Swiss Transylvania" to attend an exclusive girls' school. However, a vicious killer is targeting the pupils, and sleepwalker Jennifer finds herself in the assassin's headlights when her nocturnal wanderings cause her to witness the death of a fellow pupil. Aided by paraplegic entomologist John McGregor (Donald Pleasence, Halloween) and her own uncanny ability to communicate telepathically with insects, Jennifer sets out to track down the killer before she herself becomes the latest victim...
Released in 1985, towards the end of Argento's decade-long golden age as a director, Phenomena co-stars Dalila Di Lazarro (The Pyjama Girl Case), Patrick Bauchau (Clear and Present Danger) and Daria Nicolodi (Tenebrae), and features lush cinematography by Romano Albani (Inferno) and a pounding prog rock score by Goblin (Deep Red, Suspiria). Presenting all three versions of the film - including the radically different "Creepers" cut released in the US - in a sumptuous new 4K restoration, this is the definitive release of Argento's creepy classic and will be release 28th February next year.
4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY LIMITED EDITION CONTENTS New 4K restoration of the original 116-minute Italian version, the 110-minute international English version and the 83-minute US "Creepers" version from the original camera negative by Arrow films 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentations of all three versions in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative Illustrated collector's booklet featuring writing on the film by Mikel J. Koven, Rachael Nisbet and Leonard Jacobs Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
DISC 1 (4K ULTRA-HD BLU-RAY) - ITALIAN VERSION Lossless Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo soundtracks, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements Lossless hybrid English/Italian DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 soundtrack English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the hybrid soundtrack Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of Murder by Design: The Unsane Cinema of Dario Argento Of Flies and Maggots, a feature-length 2017 documentary produced for Arrow Films, including interviews with co-writer/producer/director Dario Argento, actors Fiore Argento, Davide Marotta, Daria Nicolodi and Fiorenza Tessari, co-writer Franco Ferrini, cinematographer Romano Albani, production manager Angelo Iacono, special optical effects artist Luigi Cozzi, special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, makeup artist Pier Antonio Mecacci, underwater camera operator Gianlorenzo Battaglia, and composers Claudio Simonetti and Simon Boswell Archival interview with Andi Sex Gang musician Simon Boswell Original Italian and international theatrical trailers "Jennifer" music video, directed by Dario Argento Japanese pressbook gallery
DISC 2 (4K ULTRA-HD BLU-RAY) - INTERNATIONAL AND "CREEPERS" VERSIONS Lossless English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo soundtracks on the international version, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements Lossless English PCM 1.0 mono soundtrack on Creepers, mastered from the original 3 track DME magnetic mix Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing Audio commentary on the international version by Argento scholar and author Derek Botelho and film historian, journalist and radio/television commentator David Del Valle The Three Sarcophagi, a visual essay by Arrow producer Michael Mackenzie comparing the different cuts of Phenomena US theatrical trailer US radio spots
The 116-minute Italian cut features approximately six minutes of footage for which English audio does not exist. In these instances, the hybrid track reverts to Italian audio with English subtitles.
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