SUSPIRIA stars Jessica Harper as a young American ballet student who arrives at a prestigious European dance academy and is confronted by a series of bizarre and horrific deaths. Packed with vicious violence, ultra gory effects and dazzling cinematic set pieces, SUSPIRIA is a gruesomely gothic masterpiece of the macabre.
Suspiria has long been considered one of the best horror films of all time. Whether you agree with that statement or not, you have to admit that it’s at least one of the most stylish horror movies ever made. Dario Argento is one of the most beloved Italian Horror directors, and he really does have a formidable eye in the entire genre. He knows what he wants a film to look like, and he’s very good at making it so. In an Argento film, the lighting, the framing, and the sound track are just as much the stars as the cast itself.
I was late to the party on Suspiria. I have only seen it once, and that was around ten years ago. I always wanted to revisit it, somehow I just never acquired my own copy of the film. Thankfully Umbrella stepped up to the plate with a new 4K remaster. And yes, I am aware that Synapse released their own restoration recently, but I couldn’t shell out that much money for something that would soon be released as a standard Blu-ray. So, I can’t compare the two transfers as of yet.
Some people, mostly newer horror fans, are unable to see what makes Suspiria a great movie. I can kind of understand, considering that a good percentage of modern horror films focus on quick pace, not really allowing a buildup worth the payoff. Personally, I prefer a slow-burning horror movie. Though Suspiria has several deaths in the first act, it’s sandwiched between character development, and establishing the purpose of the movie. One of my favorite modern horror movies is Ti West’s The House of The Devil. And by no means am I comparing that movie to Suspiria, beyond the fact that they have a similar pace.
One major thing I noticed is, goddamn this is an amazingly crafted movie, filled with excellent photography, and the lighting and coloring are just as impressive. The one and only time I had seen the movie prior to this Blu-ray, was on VHS. I always thought the movie had great colors and such, but all I can say after viewing this Blu-ray, is “wow”. The Goblin soundtrack is legendary. I constantly see people posting that they are listening for the purpose of inspiration, and especially around the month of Halloween.
So how did my revisiting of this cult classic go? I liked it the first time I saw it, but seeing it remastered in 4K gave me more appreciation for the film. It’s almost like seeing it for the first time. Umbrella’s release of the film is highly recommended. Even if you weren’t a fan originally, this would be a good time to revisit. The video is presented in an AVC-encoded 1080p transfer with an AR of 2.35:1. It comes with two DTS-HD MA audio tracks, one in English, and one in Italian. There is a decent list of extras, including several documentaries, a still gallery, exclusive interviews, and more. The full listing of extras can be found below.
Umbrella Entertainment’s 40th Anniversary Blu-ray is now available. You may purchase your own copy by visiting the Umbrella website.
- Suspiria Told by Dario Argento: An Interview with Dario Argento and Nick Vivarelli on Suspiria’s 40th Anniversary
- 25th Anniversary Suspiria Documentary
- Exclusive Interview with Dario Argento (2004)
- ‘Fear at 400 Degrees: the Cine-Excess of Suspiria’
- Documentary ‘An Eye For Horror’
- Documentary’Dario Argento’s World of Horror’
- Image Gallery
- International Trailer
- U.S. Theatrical TrailerTV Spots
- Dario Argento Trailer Reel (1970-2009)
- Two 5.1 audio tracks: 2012 version and xxx – accessed via remote control