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Favorite Dario Argento Film?

I'd have to say that my favorite of his films that I have seen has to be Four Flies on Grey Velvet.

It used to be Suspiria. I remember being on Amazon the night before Grey Velvet was released and saw the pre-order option. The next day I went to the local Best Buy and picked up a copy. After I finished the whole movie I realized this was his best film (in my opinion).

I think it's the ending that made it my favorite.


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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

The truncated version of Deep Red is tops for me, then The Bird With the Crystal Plumage. Opera is up there as well...if only that ridiculous ending had been reconsidered.
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

Bird with Crystal Plumage is my fav. The music by Morricone during the opening credits is just AWSOME! Opera would be my next favorite.

I want to see FOUR FLIES, but the Mya version is supposed to be horrible. I guess the audio is all screwed up on it. Is there a good REGION 2 version of it? Please let me know and I'll buy it immediately.

Also, which is the best dvd version for Deep Red?
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

I enjoyed Phenomena (though haven't see Cystal Plumage yet).
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

Suspiria
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

Deep Red
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

Suspiria
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

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Also, which is the best dvd version for Deep Red?
As far as I know, there is no good DVD version, unless you want the 126-minute cut (a.k.a. Profondo Rosso), which is like a completely different (and far inferior) film. It includes a lot of lighthearted footage of Hemmings tooling around in his cute little yellow car and romancing Daria Nicolodi (I think), material that I find incongruous with the rest of the film, and which was wisely edited out for the 96-minute cut.

Anchor Bay released the full-length version many years ago, but as far as I know, the 96-minute version is only available in those Brentwoodesque 50-film collections. The quality is, of course, pretty atrocious.
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

I've always been a fan of Tenebre, Suspiria just never did it completely for me. I think Suspiria might be the best looking, most artistic Italian horror of all time, but the ballet plot just doesn't float my boat.

And those Mill Creek 50 movie sets are awesome! I think Phenomena (Creepers) and Unsane (Tenebre) are found on those, too. Brentwood were the innovators, though.
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

Tenebre
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

Originally Posted by Norm de Plume View Post

Anchor Bay released the full-length version many years ago, but as far as I know, the 96-minute version is only available in those Brentwoodesque 50-film collections. The quality is, of course, pretty atrocious.
Blue Underground does the 126 minute version now (being the only version I've seen, I like it).

So far as favs, Suspiria was my first and still my favorite. Opera is excellent as well.
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

No poll?

It's probably Tenebre.
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

Love Tenebre!

It used to be Suspiria but lately I've really been diggin' Phenomena. Not his best technical or coherent film but it's batshit crazy. I love the vibe.

Who knows....next time someone asks I'd prolly say Phantom of the Opera.
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

Suspiria, but Tenebre would come in 2nd (Love the soundtrack too).
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

Phenomena
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

Suspiria
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

1. Phenomena
2. Tenebre
3. Suspiria
4. Opera
5. The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

It appears that the REGION 2/AWE dvd of DEEP RED might be the best available for this title, right? It's got 2 versions of the film plus tons of xtras. Anyone have this edition to confirm?
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

Deep Red
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

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It appears that the REGION 2/AWE dvd of DEEP RED might be the best available for this title, right? It's got 2 versions of the film plus tons of xtras. Anyone have this edition to confirm?
Not for long, give it about 6 weeks.
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

I always keep flip-flopping between Deep Red,Suspiria,and Opera. But at the moment, I'd have to go with Suspiria.

Still can't believe I haven't seen the uncut version of Tenebre yet.
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

I'll go with Deep Red over Suspiria and Tenebre. Question on Deep Red did anyone:

Spoiler:
See Martha in the mirror?
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

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Spoiler:
See Martha in the mirror?
Spoiler:
I didn't, not until it was revealed at the end. I'm not certain, but I don't think she is visible to the viewer during the key scene at the beginning. The camera dollies too quickly with Hemmings down the hallway.
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

Suspiria
Phenomena
Inferno
The Stendhal Syndrome
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Re: Favorite Dario Argento Film?

Looks like Phenomena is not as hated as I thought.

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