Wednesday, October 20, 2021

Dario Argentos Deep Red (1975) Arrow Video UHD Review

Deep Red (1975) Arrow Video 10/26/2021

Directed By: Dario Argento 

Starring: David Hemmings, Daria Nicoldoi, Gabriele Lavia 

Disclaimer: Arrow Video has provided me with a copy of this film free of charge for the purposes of review. All opinions contained within are my own honest reflections. 

Picture: Wow! Deep Red on UHD certainly does not disappoint! Right out of the gate you cannot help but overwhelmed by just how pristine and incredibly lifelike and detailed the image is. 
One of the scenes that really struck me as incredible looking was the scene with the physic at the beginning. The image is so detailed that you can see the texture of the blood red stage curtain. Skin tones have a very natural and at times very warm look to them. Grain is present but extremely faint and barely noticeable. What we are left with is a image with colors that pop, a beautiful looking contrast and a sharpness that is at times jaw-dropping. I certainly don't mean to over hype this release but I think it has to stated that I've seen this movie on various formats from VHS, DVD, Blu Ray and now UHD and, I think I can say without fear of hyperbole that this is the best this film has ever looked on a home video format. 

Sound: Like the image the sound presentation is great. It includes a Italian uncompressed DTS 5.1 track. 

Extras: Disc One) UHD Deep Red Original Version. 

Includes a new commentary by critics Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson, Archival audio commentary by Argento expert Thomas Rostock, Nearly three hours of interview interviews with the cast and crew including co-writer/director Dario Argento, actors Macha Méril, Gabriele Lavia, Jacopo Mariani and Lino Capolicchio (Argento's original choice for the role of Marcus Daly), production manager Angelo Iacono, composer Claudio Simonetti, and archival footage of actress Daria Nicolodi

also includes: Italian trailer, Arrow Video 2018 trailer

Disc 2:  Deep Red Export Version

Archival  introduction to the film by Claudio Simonetti of Goblin
Profondo Giallo – an archival visual essay by Michael Mackenzie featuring an in-depth appreciation of Deep Red, its themes and its legacy
Archival interviews with Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Claudio Simonetti and long-time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi

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