Movie Review: DEEP RED (Special Edition) Blu-ray

DEEP RED (aka Profondo Rosso and The Hatchet Murders) was directed by Dario Argento who co-wrote the screenplay with Bernardino Zapponi and stars David HemmingsDaria Nicolodi, Gabriele Lavia, Clara Calamai and Macha Méril. Aided by a throbbing score from regular Argento-collaborators Goblin,  is a hallucinatory fever dream of a giallo punctuated by some of the most astonishing set-pieces the sub-genre has to offer.

One night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings), looking up from the street below, witnesses the brutal axe murder of a woman in her apartment. Racing to the scene, Marcus just manages to miss the perpetrator… or does he’ As he takes on the role of amateur sleuth, Marcus finds himself ensnared in a bizarre web of murder and mystery where nothing is what it seems…

As soon as Marcus Daily witnsses the shocking murder of psychic medium (Macha Méril), he is immediately sucked into the dark world where this sadistic serial killer lurks in the shadows. Marcus’ curiosity ends up getting the best of him so he decides to start investigating the case on his own where he ends up being joined by reporter Gianna Brezzi (Daria Nicolodi) and the two form this unusual partnership that’s focused on catching the killer.

Marcus and Gianna begin to gather clues that slowly lead them closer to the deranged maniac who is fully aware that the two allies are hot on the trail, and with each step they take, the danger for them intensifies. The terrifying murders continue happening where the clues and evidence pile up and this finally allows Marcus to come face-to-face with who he believes is the killer but this unveiling ends up coming with a huge twist that Marcus narrowly escapes from.

The ftont of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back include movie details, some images and list of special features. The reversible sleeve features some newly commissioned artwork by Gilles Vranckx and movie credits so you have your pick of which side you’d like to use as the front cover. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. Arrow Video has given Deep Red a brand new restoration from a 4K scan of the original negative. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Deep Red was another first time watch for me and it’s a horror classic that I’ve heard so much about over the years due to its multiple home video releases. Dario Argento has his own unique style of storytelling and directing a movie and this master class murder mystery is probably the best example of his talents. The story is interesting and the main character is fun to follow as he dives into this dark investigation that eventually leads him to the killer and the twisted world the mysterious figure dwells in. As dark as the movie is, it also has a sense of humor at times that sort of balances everything out. Argento uses lighting and shadows to aid him with his storytelling plus there’s some creative murders at the heart of it all. The movie is full of suspense and all it does is build the tension until the shocking finale when everything is finally revealed and there’s a fantastic score to go along with it. Deep Red is now available on a Special Edition Blu-ray and if you’ve never witnessed this Italian giallo gem from one of the legendary Masters of Horror then here’s your chance.

Distributor: Arrow Video

Run Time: 127 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Original Italian soundtrack in DTS-HD Master Audio mono 1.0 / Lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 audio / Original English soundtrack in DTS-HD Master Audio mono 1.0* / The English audio track has some portions of English audio missing. English audio for these sections was either never recorded or has been lost. As such, these sequences are presented with Italian audio, subtitled in English.

Subtitles: English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack / Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack

Special Features: Good Stuff! The extras include some audio commentary, an optional introduction to the film, there are several making of featurettes that include interviews with some of the cast, crew and experts, and the Italian theatrical trailer.

  • Audio commentary by filmmaker and Argento expert Thomas Rostock
  • Introduction to the film by Claudio Simonetti of Goblin
  • Profondo Giallo, a new visual essay by Michael Mackenzie featuring an in-depth appreciation of Deep Red, its themes and its legacy (32:57)
  • Rosso Recollections: Dario Argento’s Deep Genius – the Deep Red director on the creation of a giallo masterpiece (12:26)
  • The Lady in Red: Daria Nicolodi Remembers Profondo Rosso (18:47)
  • Music to Murder For! Claudio Simonetti on Deep Red (14:07)
  • Profondo Rosso: From Celluloid to Shop – a tour of the Profondo Rosso shop in Rome with long time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi (14:30)
  • Italian theatrical trailer (01:49)

 

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