Months back, we announced that CultFilm was releasing a 2K restoration of Dario Argento’s Opera (1987) on Blu-ray/DVD; we gave a rundown of the disc’s special features, which include an introduction from the master of giallo himself (link below). The reissue was just released a couple days ago (January 29th); you can pick up you copy, HERE.
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Today, Dread Central is pleased to share some official companion footage that isn’t even included in the special features. In the video above, film academic/writer Alan Jones gives Opera some historical perspective, revealing some intimate details about the movie’s production along the way. For example, most fans don’t realize that Argento’s father died while Opera was filming; this, obviously, had an impact on the film’s trajectory.
Give our exclusive video a spin at the top of the article. If you’ve yet to experience the Opera, you can check out the synopsis and trailer below.
When young understudy Betty takes the lead role in a new operatic production of Verdi’s Macbeth, she soon attracts the attention of a knife-wielding psycho who forces her to watch – with eyes pinned open – as he brutally dispatches her friends and colleagues with sadistic delight. Can Betty free herself from this unending nightmare or does a more terrifying fate await? Opera is a ravishing return to the giallo style Argento made his name with, awash with black-gloved killers, lavish bloodletting and the director’s expressionistic Grand Guignol excess.
Argento wrote the screenplay for Opera based on a story by Franco Ferrini; the film stars Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson, and Urbano Barberini.