The Tanz Dance Academy is open again!

Perhaps the happiest of movie news you will read today!

Fresh off an historic theatrical tour and following a sold-out run of limited edition steelbooks, Synapse Films is finally bringing the widely celebrated 4K restoration of Dario Argento’s beloved and extremely influential SUSPIRIA to the masses and I couldn’t be happier. This highly anticipated release boasts a host of new special features in addition to the eye-popping new transfer of the film that will allow fans to truly see the film the way it was always intended.

Jessica Harper (PENNIES FROM HEAVEN) stars in this horrific tale of a young student who uncovers dark and horrific secrets within the walls of a famous German dance academy. What spirals out from that simple premise is one of the most powerful and hallucinatory nightmares ever captured on celluloid!

Dario Argento’s SUSPIRIA comes to home video from Synapse Films in an exclusive new 4K restoration from the original uncut, uncensored 35mm Italian camera negative with the original 4.0 English surround sound mix, for the first time EVER! Painstakingly restored over the past three years, Synapse Films has created the ultimate special edition of this horror classic with the supervision and approval of the film’s Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli. Available in three editions, including a feature packed Two-Disc, Special Edition Blu-Ray with brand-new reversible cover art by Joel Robinson, a single disc Blu-ray edition, and a DVD.

TWO DISC BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

A new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96kHz/24-bit audio, with newly-translated removable English SDH subtitles
Italian 5.1 surround mix, with removable English subtitle translation
Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle and Troy Howarth
Do You Know Anything About Witches? – 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release
Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
Reversible Cover Art created by Joel Robinson

SINGLE DISC BLU-RAY SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

A new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96kHz/24-bit audio, with newly-translated removable English SDH subtitles
Italian 5.1 surround mix, with removable English subtitle translation
Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle and Troy Howarth
Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching

SINGLE DISC DVD SPECIAL FEATURES INCLUDE:

A Standard-Definition presentation of the new restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in Dolby Digital 4.0 Surround, with newly-translated removable English SDH subtitles
Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
Theatrical Trailers

With the amazing retail prices these are listed at there is no reason not to jump in and pick this up. While we’re not even out of the first month of the year yet, this could easily be one of the best wide home video releases we see this year.

 

Back into the Bunker!

Let’s head back into the Bunker for another show! This week, El’Ahrai and John review “Paddington 2” and “The Sword and the Claw”! Plus news, home video picks, and more! My name’s Alan and I bought a giraffe! Oh, my life is perfect!

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Before we talk the Oscars…

Let’s talk about some of the movies available on home video this week.

 

Episode 14 in which our heroes contemplate madness and mortality

Ahoy there, guv’nor. Can I interest you in some movie reviews? This week, John and El’Ahrai deliver “Phantom Thread” and “Matinee” to your waiting ears. A man no more knows his destiny than a tea leaf knows the history of the East India company.

You can find the episode on Apple Podcasts, Google Play, Stitcher and right here.

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Cinepocalypse 2: Cinema Boogaloo!

The popular Cinepocalypse film festival is returning to Chicago and sooner than expected! The Music Box Theater will once again be playing host to a mixture of classic, restored and debut genre films from around the world. I was in attendance last year and had a wonderful time, there’s no reason to think this year’s will be any different.

That is, aside from when it happens. This year’s festival will be in late June, specifically June 21st through June 28th! The festival’s website is now open for submissions, you can find that here and advance tickets are available as well, which you can find here.

See you there!