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PostSubject: Dario Argento   Sun May 22, 2011 3:23 am

Looks like Dracula 3D has finally made it into production after stalling in development hell. Although I don't feel that Argento has made an acceptable film since Opera, the casting of Rutger Hauer as Van Helsing and Thomas Kretschmann as Dracula is
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A shame that Argento - one of the few technically savvy directors left - has to jump on the 3D bandwagon, but that's where the finance is these days.
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PostSubject: Re: Dario Argento   Mon May 23, 2011 2:38 am

Fantastic video.

It is unfortunate to see Argento giving into 3D, but must admit that I'll be giving this a chance, regardless. With his keen eye and crafty camerawork, maybe it'll be interesting in 3D. We'll see.
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PostSubject: Re: Dario Argento   Sat Jul 16, 2011 3:33 am

Claudio Simonetti's scoring DRACULA 3D, I've read.
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PostSubject: Re: Dario Argento   Mon May 21, 2012 2:49 pm




He needs a new marketing team.
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PostSubject: Re: Dario Argento   Mon May 21, 2012 7:36 pm

Looks Godawful. laugh
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PostSubject: Re: Dario Argento   Thu Sep 05, 2013 10:58 am

Can anyone point me to a thorough review of VCI's new bluray of 'The Bird with the Crystal Plumage'?

As is well known, the original Blue Underground issue fetches very high prices as Arrow's subsequent issue was disastrously cropped. VCI claim to be preserving the film's original ratio, but I want to see some evidence of that.
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PostSubject: Re: Dario Argento   Sat Sep 14, 2013 10:10 am

Erica Ambler wrote:
Can anyone point me to a thorough review of VCI's new bluray of 'The Bird with the Crystal Plumage'?

As is well known, the original Blue Underground issue fetches very high prices as Arrow's subsequent issue was disastrously cropped. VCI claim to be preserving the film's original ratio, but I want to see some evidence of that.
http://www.blu-ray.com/movies/The-Bird-With-the-Crystal-Plumage-Blu-ray/45997/

Apparently, the image quality isn't as good as the original Blue Underground issue, but seems acceptable. VCI offers the original mono mixes, too.
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PostSubject: Re: Dario Argento   Thu Sep 04, 2014 9:21 am

Saw Goblin earlier this year. This was the highlight of their set:



Non Ho Sonno may have been yet another duff Argento film, but the music deserved more recognition. It's old fart prog rock, but it's also vulgar, accomplished, gothic and amusing in just about equal measure. And Claudio Simonetti is the funniest exponent of the vocoder since Lipps Inc as this rendition of Tenebrae shows. You sing with me this word ...

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PostSubject: Re: Dario Argento   Tue Nov 17, 2015 6:57 am

Got my first taste of Argento over the last week as I watched a few of the blus I'd picked up cheap a couple of years back.

Inferno didn't really do much for me. I quite enjoyed the opening sequence in NYC and the subsequent section in Rome, but once the brother landed in the States the film lost me - with the one exception of the terrific but totally incongruous passage concerning the crippled bookseller and the bag of cats in a beautifully foggy Central Park. I knew going in that I should expect a very bold visual style from Argento but I found it all a bit excessive here. Bizarre hot pink lights in a haunted cellar, unspeakably gaudy interior design all through the apartment building. On this budget couldn't they have found a better costume for Death than one picked up at a fancy dress shop?

Phenomena was much, much better - probably the best of the three I watched. The final thirty or so minutes are nuts! My only real gripes with this one are the soundtrack, the pacing during the mid-section of the film, and a feeling that Connelly's relationship with the insects is underdeveloped such that when her powers finally come into play during the climax it feels a little cheap. I like to see what the director intended but I'd be interested in seeing the original cut of this to see if they succeeded in tightening it up or if they butchered it.

On Deep Red I messed up and watched the longer cut under the mistaken impression that it was Argento's preferred version. I could have done without a lot of the comic relief that seems to have been added here to be honest. Otherwise a very entertaining mystery film.

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