Suspiria – 4K Restoration

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Dario Argento’s 1977 groundbreaking and influential horror extravaganza Suspiria is back on the big screen (a blu-Ray is also on the way), thanks to an unbelievably gorgeous 4K restoration by those guys at Synapse Films. The restoration team benefited from supervision and approval by the film’s cinematographer Luciano Tovoli, starting work (three years ago) from the original uncut 35mm Italian camera negative. They were able to recover the originally intended 4.0 surround sound mix,  so Goblin’s legendary score will haunt you with more efficiency…

Previous transfers of Suspiria had either tons of missing elements or recreated the lower quality Eastman process of film transfer. From now on, with this impressive release, we get pristine technicolor treatment, intended colors you’ve never seen. It is Christmas before time for aficionados and even for film buffs who are not necessarily fans of the genre. Suspiria benefits from the same kind of royal treatment Visconti’s Il Gattopardo got a few years back.

This is one major theatrical re-release, not to be missed if you love films.

 

*** For Montrealers, Cinema du Parc is showing Suspiria 4K from December 1-7 in a special engagement.  — Rest of the World, check your local listings.

Synapse official Blu-Ray Release : December 31st 2017

 

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Atypical Serial killer Movies # 13

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# 13 – Chi l’ha vista morire? / Who saw her die? (Aldo Lado, Italy, 1972)

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A sculptor, who’s daughter was brutally murdered by a serial killer leads his own inquiry.

A fine example of the Italian Gialli genre (a mix of horror and investigation film). Preceding by a year the similar and much more favored (at least by critics) Don’t look now, this thriller is simply better than Roeg’s film. The bone chilling music, a sinister children choral work is top 25 All-time Morricone. You also get, one time-James Bond, George Lazenby as the lead, supported by Stindberg and adolfo Celi, as well as beautifully shot city of Venice for its Background to action. Beautiful and Creepy.

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Goblin: Live – Montreal, October 27th, 2017

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On October 27th, at Fairmount Theatre, Italian horror movie soundtrack heroes, Goblin paid a second visit to our fair city of Montreal, (if we do not take into account original member Claudio Simonetti’s own tour) and they entertained, once more, an attentive crowd.

Since the 1970s the band has changed personnel, dissolved, and reformed multiple times. This time Montreal was lucky to receive an (almost complete) original lineup, including Massimo Morante (guitar), Agostino Marangolo (drums), Maurizio Guarini (keyboards), Fabio Pignatelli (bass), and Aidan Zammit (keyboards). Core member Claudio Simonetti was still absent…

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Fitting for a Halloween weekend, the show opened with the sound of a scary scream. Accompanied by looped horror film footage on the screen behind them, the quintet kicked things off with Killer on a Train (from Dario Argento’s Non Ho Sonno, 2001). A string of newer songs, including Continue reading

FNC 2017 : Il Grande Silenzio (4K Restoration)

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Quentin Tarantino (and Cinematographer Robert Richardson) studied it before shooting The Hateful Eight. At the end of the 1960’s, 20th Century Fox Chief executive, Darryl Zanuck, was so offended by it, he refused to release it in America. It contains a superb score by Maestro Ennio Morricone and it stars screen legends Jean-Louis Trintignant and Klaus Kinski.

It took 50 years, but Sergio Corbucci’s seminal Spaghetti Western, Il Grande Silenzio (1968), has been finally restored (in 4K) by the Cineteca Nazionale of Rome using the film’s original negatives and sound elements. Corbucci’s film about outlaws, in late 19 century Utah, getting unexpected help from a silent gunslinger (Trintignant) against a group of bounty hunters, turns upside down numerous conventions of the Western genre.

A revisionist Western, Il Grande Silenzio was made by Continue reading

FNC 2017: Faccia a Faccia (Special screening)

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The FNC 2017  is screening Sergio Sollima’s 1967 Spaghetti Western, Faccia a Faccia (Face to Face) in its English version.

It was an era of groundbreaking and unexpectedly high box office returns for Italian Cinema. Prior to the year 1967, Sergio Leone had put the final touch to a handful of successful Italian made Westerns (shot in the Andalusia desert) starring, now cult icon, Clint Eastwood, and dubbed the ‘Dollar trilogy’. By then, dozens of these so called Spaghetti Westerns where being made usually in a production triumvirate between Italy, Spain and Germany.

The social turmoil of the late 1960’s added a leftist dimension to the more politically inclined director Sergio Sollima’s ambitions to bring the old American West to the screen in Faccia a Faccia.

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