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SUSPIRIA: The New 4K Master - Why Such Differences In Different HD Transfers?

Over the years, I have had complaints about Blu-ray that go something like 'they take a good movie, then they put it out on Blu-ray and ruin it' meaning the transfer does not look like the feature film and I agree that does happen, then I have to explain that is not always the case and that is why we review so many titles so our readers can find out the gems from the duds and disasters. So now as we enter the 4K/2160p Ultra High Definition era of home video, et al, you would think those doing the transfers of films shot on photochemical film would be more careful.

However, this is sadly not the case already and the most curious early example is of the new editions of Dario Argento's classic Suspiria, which has a new 4K transfer and we've already covered two Blu-ray editions of on regular 1080p Blu-ray. You can read about the Synapse U.S. edition at this link with a link to our coverage of the Australian Umbrella Entertainment edition here:


That gives us a fine, color-accurate version from Umbrella and one that was too toned down for its own good from Synapse, first issued in a steelbook edition limited to only 6,000 copies for which we have used its cover for this essay posting in the upper right hand corner.

Just as we scratch our heads at those differences, we are seeing screen captures of a THIRD VARIANT of the film that is even darker than the Synapse version from the Cult Films company in the U.K. (region B only) that is so dark and color-dulled that makes it look like it is from some kind of weird, faded print. Daylight looks like digital overcast and the color looks awful and way off.

We'll update you on further developments and versions until someone starts addressing this, but a lack of standards, copyright holder input and just an inability for some people to not be able to concentrate and show a film the way it is meant to be seen is a big problems for our film heritage and consumers who deserve to the the vision of the director & cinematographer without such extreme errors.

Input is welcome.

- Nicholas Sheffo


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