UK Art, Specs, and Featurette for Suspiria Blu-Ray

Horror fans across the UK, rejoice! A brand new release of Dario Argento’s classic supernatural masterpiece Suspiria will be hitting shelves across the pond on DVD and Blu-ray this January, courtesy of the folks at Nouveaux Pictures/Cine-Excess.

From the Press Release
Dario Argento’s horror classic SUSPIRIA comes to DVD and, for the first time ever, Blu-ray in January 2010, having undergone a brand new high definition transfer courtesy of Nouveaux Pictures and Cine-Excess. Digitally remastered from HD, this brand new presentation has already led critics to claim, “Suspiria has never looked better; it has never sounded as good, either” (John Millar, Film Critic, Sunday Mail) and to hail it as “a stunning makeover for one of the greatest horror films ever made” (David Edwards, Daily Mirror).

Both formats also come with a host of newly commissioned extras including a brand new documentary featuring director Dario Argento and composer Claudio Simonetti and a feature length audio commentary by Argento experts Alan Jones and Kim Newman.

Inspired by Thomas De Quincey’s Suspiria de Profundis and co-written by Argento and his long-term partner Daria Nicolodi, SUSPIRIA is Argento’s undisputed masterpiece of Grand Guignol horror, hitting new peaks of terror through its stunning photography (courtesy of Luciano Tovoli), eye-popping production design, and terrifying atmosphere of dread and death.

Suzy Bannion (Jessica Harper) is an American ballet student, traveling to Germany to study at an exclusive dance academy in the Black Forest. After one of the students and her friend are hideously murdered in the first of Argento’s breath-catching set-piece killings, Suzy discovers that the academy has a bizarre history, and as the body count rises, she gets involved in a hideous labyrinth of murder, black magic, and madness.

Utilizing complex lighting systems, intense film processing techniques, wire-guided cameras, and multi-layer music recording (highlighting a superb Goblin score), Argento paints a masterpiece of terror on a technically impeccable canvas.

SUSPIRIA (cert. 18) will be released on DVD (£15.99) and Blu-ray (£19.99) by Nouveaux Pictures on 18th January 2010. Special features include: “Fear at 400 Degrees: The Cine-Excess of Suspiria” documentary featuring director Dario Agento and composer Claudio Simonetti; audio commentary by leading Dario Argento experts Alan Jones and Kim Newman; and “Suspiria Perspectives” featuring Claudio Simonetti, Norman J. Warren, and Patricia McCormack.

A brand new hi-def transfer, commentary by Frightfest co-founder Alan Jones and critic Kim Newman, and more? Yes, please!

We’ll be getting our hands on the Blu-ray release as soon as humanly possible, so keep your eyes pasted here for more when we have it!

In the interim check out the art and promotional featurette below!

UK Art for Suspiria Blu-Ray

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  • Floydian Trip

    Suspiria was made to be seen in HD.

    • David

      Indeed! This has been my most wanted HD catalog title for a while now. Alan Jones went out and bought a Blu-ray player right after they showed this disc to him at the office, and it’s good news they didn’t use that recent Italian HD transfer with the bad color timing.

      Any word if this release will be region locked? The Weinsteins now own Suspiria’s US video rights, so this may be our last shot at a decent HD release for a while.

      • Pestilence

        I’ve read about the horrific Italian HD version, and it sounds BAD!

        I’ve also asked the very question regarding region coding and should hopefully know more for you guys very soon!

        • Pestilence

          The answer is in, and it will be Region B locked so only you lucky folks in the US with multi-region Blu-Ray players will be able to partake in this.

  • Uncle Creepy

    Something tells me this disc is gonna be extremely EXTREMELY imported!