TENEBRAE UHD REVIEW

Arrow have again released another 4K UHD of the Dario Argento library. This video nasty, giallo classic is up again for grabs and a drain on your pocket resources. Argento (DEEP RED, THE BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMMAGE, INFERNO to name a few), legend follows him around like a bad smell. This can be a blessing, in the body of his work and a curse, in all new releases.

TENEBRAE sees Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) an American pulp fiction writer, travelling to Rome to promote his latest work, Tenebrae. a story about a murderer who chooses a razor to dispatch their victims. The problem is that, fiction can be killer, literally. So when a razor-wielding psychopath sets out to slice and dice a bunch of people, in the tradition of Neals work, things become worrying. More so when Neal becomes the target. Yes, this work is very autobiographical. Go listen to the returning commentaries on the Blu ray disc or on the UHD disc 1. An artist and their work are interlinked and conservatives are very angry about this (unless they are profitting of course). But the author obsessive killer has a motive, one of cleaning up the nasty real world and all its perversions (yeah right). So Peter and his Agent (John Saxon (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Secretary ( Daria Nicolodi (Phenomena) and more, set out to find the murderer!

Right the real thing you care about is the set and is it worth your money. In simple English, YES it is! The best version is the UNSANE version on disc 2. The brilliant soundscape idea is really fun. The UHD finally masters the colour correctly (yes this issue was there before), however I am worried that there may be issues with the discs from Arrow. This is not to say once bitten, more to say, god above, they are ambitious and are falling at the last. The best extra (and most invested in) is the Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by filmmaker Peter Strickland and Argento biographer Alan Jones, an interview with cinematographer Luciano Tovoli and a new, in-depth analysis of the film by critic Ashley Lane. Stunning work from all concerned.

 

New 4K restoration from the original camera negative by Arrow Films
Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring two original pieces of artwork
Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by filmmaker Peter Strickland and Argento biographer Alan Jones, an interview with cinematographer Luciano Tovoli and a new, in-depth analysis of the film by critic Ashley Lane
Fold-out double-sided poster featuring two original pieces of artwork
Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
Disc 1 (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) – Original Version

4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray™ presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
Original Italian and English front and end titles and insert shots
Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
Audio commentary by authors and critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
Audio commentary by Argento expert Thomas Rostock
Audio commentary by Maitland McDonagh, author of Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento
Yellow Fever: The Rise and Fall of the Giallo, a feature-length documentary charting the genre from its beginnings to its influence on the modern slasher film, featuring interviews with Dario Argento, Umberto Lenzi, Luigi Cozzi and more
Being the Villain, a newly edited archival interview with actor John Steiner
Out of the Shadows, an archival interview with Maitland McDonagh
Voices of the Unsane, an archival featurette containing interviews with writer/director Dario Argento, actresses Daria Nicolodi and Eva Robins, cinematographer Luciano Tovoli, composer Claudio Simonetti and assistant director Lamberto Bava
Screaming Queen, an archival interview with Daria Nicolodi
The Unsane World of Tenebrae, an archival interview with Dario Argento
A Composition for Carnage, an archival interview with Claudio Simonetti
Archival introduction by Daria Nicolodi
International theatrical trailer
Japanese “Shadow” theatrical trailer
Alternate opening credits sequence
“Unsane” end credits sequence
Image galleries
Disc 2 (4K Ultra HD Blu-ray) – “Unsane” Version – Limited Edition Exclusive

4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray™ presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
The re-edited 90-minute US version, specially recreated for this release from the new 4K restoration of the full-length 101-minute version, exclusive to UHD
Two audio options: a recreation of the original theatrical experience, complete with jump cuts and sudden audio shifts, and a new, more seamless edit created for this release, both in restored lossless English mono
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Original “Take Me Tonight” stereo EP recording, performed by Kim Wilde
Disc 3 (Blu-ray) – Original Version

High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation
All the same content as Disc 1

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2 Responses

  1. Robert Allee

    What do you mean the best version is “Unsane”, are you insane?

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    • Simon Kennedy

      Ahh the snowflake response to an opinion. Note, I said on the set, not in the world of TENEBRAE.

      Reply

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