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Arrow brings Dario Argento’s The Bird with the Crystal Plumage to 4K Ultra HD

Arrow Video has announced the 1970 directorial debut of Dario Argento The bird with the crystal plumage is scheduled for a limited edition 4K Ultra HD release in June; check out the cover art, content and special features below …

In 1970, young director Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) left his indelible mark on Italian cinema with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage – a film that redefined the ‘giallo’ genre of murder mystery thrillers and took it to international stardom.

Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante, We Own the Night), an American writer living in Rome, accidentally witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi, Funeral in Berlin) in a modern art gallery. Inability to help, he becomes increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night is key to identifying the maniac terrorizing Rome, he starts his own investigation parallel to that of the police, disregarding the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall , Spasmo) …

A stunningly self-assured debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage captures the key traits that would define Argento’s filmography, including luscious visuals and a burst for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With luscious cinematography by Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and an enticing score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in the West), this historic film has never looked or sounded better in this brand new 4K Ultra HD presentation from Arrow Video!

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  • New 4K restoration of the original negative by Arrow Films
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • Black Gloves and Screaming Mimis, an interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger that explores the film’s themes and relationship to both Giallo and Fredric Brown’s novel The Screaming Mimi
  • The Power of Perception, a visual essay on Dario Argento’s cinema by Alexanda Heller-Nicholas, author of Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria and The Giallo Canvas: Art, Excess and Horror Cinema, on the recurring theme of perception and the role of art in Argento’s Filmography
  • Crystal Nightmare, an interview with writer / director Dario Argento
  • An Argento Icon, an interview with actor Gildo Di Marco
  • Eva’s Talking, an archive interview with actor Eva Renzi
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • Texas Frightmare 2017 trailer
  • Photo galleries
  • Illustrated compilation booklet with writing about the film by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook, and new essay by Rachael Nisbet
  • Fold-out double-sided poster with two original poster illustrations
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card size reproduction cards
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring two original poster illustrations

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