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Synapse to Release Two Dario Argento Films

Posted January 28, 2013 05:26 PM by Webmaster

Synapse FilmsIndependent distributors Synapse Films have revealed that they are planning to bring to Blu-ray two cult films directed by Italian director Dario Argento: Tenebrae (1982), starring Anthony Franciosa, Giuliano Gemma and Christian Borromeo, and Phenomena (1985), starring Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence and Daria Nicolodi. Both are expected to appear on the market later in 2013.

Note: Synapse Films also revealed earlier this year that they are bringing to Blu-ray Lamberto Bava's Demons and Demons 2. See Blu-ray.com's announcement here.

Phenomena

Jennifer Corvino (Jennifer Connelly) is the new girl at school, taunted by her classmates and unnerved both by her stern headmistress and the fact that a series of murders has recently taken place. However, when Jennifer discovers that she has special powers, the local professor (Donald Pleasence) helps her use them to discover the identity of the killer.

Tenebrae

King of Grand-Guignol bloodbaths Dario Argento directs this notorious horror flick from 1982. Peter Neil (Anthony Franciosa) is a mystery writer in Rome to promote his new novel. His stay is disturbed by a crazed maniac who begins a terrifying murder spree, stuffing his victims' mouths with pages from Neils' books...


Source: Fangoria | Permalink | United States [Country settings]

News comments (20 comments)


*PREACHER*
 - Jan 28, 2013

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Excited for both these films....hopefully they keep the original artwork, even if it's a reversible sleeve like Scream Factory do with their titles!!!

fudgeismade
 - Jan 28, 2013

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Wow, Synapse is coming strong with the Italian flicks this year. Hope this is a sign of things to come!

SexyToad
 - Jan 28, 2013

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WHEN IS NORTH AMERICA GOING TO SEE SUSPIRIA?!

a clockwork orange
 - Jan 28, 2013

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tenebrae wil be mine!! already have Phenomena

Joshinator1989
 - Jan 28, 2013

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Will be buying both for sure. Awesome news.

Jr7936
 - Jan 28, 2013

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Im happy with all my region free arrow releases of the dario argenio films, since the bonus pal dvd's play in my xbox 360
the picture quality of them looks good enough to my eye

brainofj72
 - Jan 28, 2013

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All over Phenomena, for sure.

reece
 - Jan 28, 2013

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You go Synapse! Keep filling the Blue Underground void and bring on more Italian horror! What we really need is Opera. That's the ONLY classic Argento film that has yet to hit blu-ray in any region. But anyways, if this Phenomena release boasts a better transfer than arrow's, I will pick it up for sure.

Of course the world is still waiting on a Suspiria release that hasn't had it's color palette raped by a unicorn as well....

monque
 - Jan 28, 2013

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Snake in my Boots
 - Jan 29, 2013

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I just got the Arrow releases of these. I might double dip just to support Synapse's push to bring more of these to bluray. And yes, Suspiria please, though we probably won't get that until Green's remake gets finished and released.

Splatterpunk
 - Jan 29, 2013

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I will definitely be upgrading from my Anchor Bay clam-shell VHS editions! Great news!

movieman1979
 - Jan 29, 2013

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Nice! I've had the DVDs for awhile, will upgrade for sure. Maybe they can include both cuts of Phenomena for comparison sake.

CandyStalker
 - Jan 29, 2013

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Where the fuck is "Suspiria"?

jorgito2001
 - Jan 29, 2013

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I still own the Limited Edition Dario Argento 2-pack sets that came out years ago from Anchor Bay. Wouldn't mind buying, but it'd be based on how many more extras will be added. Same with the Demons movies (which I happen to LOVE!)

dannalexcon
 - Jan 29, 2013

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Arrow's releases of these titles were of very poor quality video wise, hoping that Synapse now will set things straight. They do have a good track record of releasing vintage horror titles with minimal digial tinkering.

BluPat
 - Jan 29, 2013

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Yea, where the hell is 'Suspiria'??? It's ridiculous that Blu-ray has been around for almost 7 years now and this has STILL not come to the US.

Monroville
 - Jan 29, 2013

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Dannalexcon: I would say that Arrow's release of PHENOMENA is pretty damn good. TENEBRAE on the other hand? Yech! I would get the French Wild Side release instead.

Horsemeat Discoer
 - Jan 29, 2013

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I'm sure Don's Tenebrae will wipe the floor with the Arrow noisy mess of a release. They should have recalled it. Truly terrible quality. So, great news!

jedidale
 - Jan 30, 2013

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I just bought the Arrow releases of these Argento films. I was impressed with the picture on Phenomena.
However the Tenebrae release just looks so strange. I was able to enjoy the film but I will seriously double dip for that one but probably not Phenomena.

I am looking forward to Demons too. I almost bought the Arrow release of that as well.

I have the Australian blu ray of Suspiria. Its pretty good but not mind blowing. Its not region free but go to your local Sears and pick up a Seiki for $50 to get a region free player.

TheManInBlu
 - Feb 02, 2013

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Tenebrae will be mine; my second favorite Argento movie after Deep Red.


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