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The Bird With The Crystal Plumage
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Once again Arrow Video has really gone all out to give cult movie fans a package to salivate over. Aside from the now customary four sleeve art options with original and newly commissioned artwork by Rick Melton and a two-sided fold-out poster, also included is an exclusive collector’s booklet featuring brand new writing on the film by Alan Jones (author of Profondo Argento), who also provides audio commentary with fellow Argento expert, journalist and writer Kim Newman. The film itself is presented in a brand new High Definition restoration from the original negative presented in Director of Photography, Vittorio Storaro’s 2:1 Univisium aspect ratio (1080p). It looks fantastic.
As if that wasn’t enough, Arrow have also commissioned three new documentaries on Argento and his debut film: A Crystal Classic: Luigi Cozzi Remembers Dario’s Bloody Bird, in which filmmaker and Argento collaborator Cozzi discuses the origins and eventual impact of the film.
Sergio Martino: The Genesis Of The Giallo, features a candid interview with fellow gialli veteran Martino, and the filmmaker sheds light on the Italian film industry – both then and now – revealing how difficult is actually was, and still is, to produce movies in Italy. His ruminations further highlight the vast significance of Argento’s cinema – he is still viewed as one Italy’s most pioneering directors, and one of only a few select others, who make films for the international market today.
Last, but by no means least, we have an interview with Argento himself - The Italian Hitchcock: Dario Argento Remembers The Bird With The Crystal Plumage. Argento, ever candid, discusses this film in relation to his work as a whole, sharing anecdotes along the way and revealing exclusive insight on how he pieced together his stunning debut.Reviewed on: 18 Jun 2011