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Blu-ray includes new 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films, six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards, fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative, illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook, and a new essay by Rachael Nisbet, and reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative while supplies last.
In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage - a film which redefined the 'giallo' genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom. Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante, We Own the Night), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi, Funeral in Berlin) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorizing Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall, Spasmo)... A staggeringly assured debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage establishes the key traits that would define Argento's filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence.
With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in the West), this landmark film has never looked or sounded better in this new, 4K-restored edition from Arrow Video!
Starring Tony Musante, Eva Renzi, Suzy Kendall
Special Features: 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation of in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible), Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks, Original English and Italian soundtracks, and more:
- Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
- Black Gloves and Screaming Mimis, an interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger exploring the film’s themes and its relationship to both the giallo and Fredric Brown’s novel The Screaming Mimi
- The Power of Perception, a visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexanda Heller-Nicholas, author of Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria, reflecting on the recurring theme of perception and the role of art in Argento’s filmography
- Crystal Nightmare, an interview with writer/director Dario Argento
- An Argento Icon, an interview with actor Gildo Di Marco
- Eva’s Talking, an archival interview with actor Eva Renzi
- Original Italian and international theatrical trailers, 2017 Texas Frightmare trailer, mage galleries
Arrow Video // 1970 // 98 Minutes // Rated GP // Color // English with English SDH Subtitles, Italian with English Subtitles // All Region
"[It] has the energy to support its elaborateness and the decency to display its devices with style." - Vincent Canby, New York Times
"What thrillers are all about." - Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"A smart, cosmopolitan, thoroughly modern whodunit comprised of geometric visuals and pulsating sexual violence." - Jamie Graham, Total Film