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Tenebrae (1982/Synapse Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: B-

A landmark in the career of Italian horror film director Dario Argento (Suspiria, Opera), the 1982 film Tenebrae lands on disc looking better than ever (no joke) thanks to Synapse. This Giallo film is a mystery that will keep you guessing who is the killer at the heart of an elaborate murder spree. Similar to other films by the director there are killer dogs, breaking glass, over the top gore, nudity, and a colorful palette that brings out lush and groundbreaking cinematography. Some aspects of the film are pretty dated and some of the special effects not as good as they could be if done today, but the film is pretty fun and a must see for fans of Italian horror cinema.

Tenebrae stars Anthony Franciosa, John Saxon, Daria Nicolodi, and John Steiner.

Taking place in Rome, the film centers around the new release of a novel named Tenebrae. After a woman gets caught trying to steal the book from a store, she is soon found dead in her apartment at the gloved bloody hands of a murderer, with pages from the book shoved down her throat. Around the same time, the author of the book comes to Rome with the police suspicious that he may be responsible. As more and more bodies pile up, so do the suspects - all of which are oddly related to the chilling novel.

Presented in 1080p high definition with a widescreen aspect ratio of 1.85:1 and and the original Mono 2.0 tracks in both English and Italian as lossless DTS-HD MA (Master Audio) presentations, the film has supervised color correction from the original camera negative, looks fantastic and often defies its age.

Special Features include....

Audio commentary track featuring film critic and Argento scholar, Maitland McDonagh

Rare high-definition 1080p English sequence insert shots, playable within the film via Seamless Branching

Feature-length documentary, Yellow Fever: The Rise and Fall of the Giallo by High Rising Productions, chronicling the Giallo film genre from its beginnings as early 20th Century crime fiction, to its later influences on the modern slasher film genre

Original UNSANE (U.S. version of Tenebrae) end credits sequence

Alternate opening credits sequence

International theatrical trailer

Japanese SHADOW theatrical trailer

A great release that is definitely worth tracking down for horror fans and long-awaited by Argento diehards, all will be impressed.

- James Lockhart



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