Tuesday, October 18, 2016

TENEBRAE (Synapse Films Blu-ray) - Giallo Me This

Did you miss the steelbook release earlier this year of Tenebrae from Synapse? Maybe the price point is a bit above your paygrade. Maybe you don't do steelbooks. Well, Syanpse has given you the chance to get in on a the new transfer of the release, looking beyond Italian Blu-ray gorgeous.

This release features the traditional cover art and a slightly less intense extra package than the steelbook. It's a single disc, no DVD, no soundtrack. It's not bare bones mind you with a still impressive extra package. You get the an alternate opening, alt credit sequence (from its release as Unsane) and... and this one is fucking cool as Hell... the full length documentary Yellow Fever that chronicles Gialli through the genre's hey day. It's an education for the novice and a reminder and well done archive for the expert.

Tenebrae's transfer is one of the best of the year, the steelbook being in my top 5 releases of 2016 when taken together with its multi disc, superior extra package. One of the driving forces behind it making my best of list without 2016 even closing out is due to the transfer that truly wowed me, as it will impress fans of this movie. You can safely use this as a standard by which Italian Horror is treated in an HD presentation alongside Grindhouse Releasing's recent Cannibal Holocaust and Cannibal Ferox presentations.

Let's just say for a second that you've avoided Tenebrae over the years. Should you use this opportunity to check it out? Absolutely. This is the best it will look, and while I realize there is a Euro release of this title out there with some impressive artwork from our buddy Quiltface, that disc is OOP, limited and had a high price point even before it became a collector's item. If you can't make the leap to the Synapse steelbook to have a truly special release in your hands, then this is your best option. The price point is reasonable especially given the quality of the release. It's a solid Italian Horror murder mystery with the classic giallo elements in tow. From hotties on the march to a fantastic score performed by Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli and Massimo Morante. There's a generous amount of red stuff on the screen and is one of the best Argento films released in the 80's if not one of the finest gialli released in the genre.

You will not be disappointed.

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From Synapse:


American mystery author Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) comes to Italy to promote his newest novel, TENEBRAE. Unfortunately, a razor-wielding serial killer is on the loose, taunting Neal and murdering those around him in gruesome fashion just like the character in his novel. As the mystery surrounding the killings spirals out of control, Neal investigates the crimes on his own, leading to a mind-bending, genre-twisting conclusion that will leave you breathless! Featuring an amazing synth-music score from Claudio Simonetti, Fabio Pignatelli and Massimo Morante (formerly of Italian progressive-rock band, Goblin), this all-new 1080p high-definition TENEBRAE release was created from the original uncut camera negative. Also stars John Saxon (A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET), Daria Nicolodi (Dario Argento’s PHENOMENA) and John Steiner (CALIGULA).

(PLEASE NOTE: This is a single disc BLU-RAY release and does not contain the same materials as the Limited Edition Collectible Steelbook(R) Edition of TENEBRAE from Synapse Films. This version does not come in the collectible Steelbook(R) packaging, does not contain the additional DVD format version, the CD soundtrack, or the collectible booklet. If you would like to get the Limited Steelbook(R) version of TENEBRAE that contains these additional materials, you will need to call our office at 734-494-3502 to place your order. Because quantities are now so low on the Steelbook(R) release, we have removed it from our website. At last inventory, we only had around 100 units left of this edition. Call now, if you really want the Limited Steelbook(R) version.)

All-new Synapse Films supervised color correction and restoration of a 1080p scan from the original camera negative, presented in the original aspect ratio of 1.85:1
Dual English and Italian language options with newly-translated English subtitle tracks for both
Audio commentary track featuring film critic and Argento scholar, Maitland McDonagh
Rare high-definition 1080p English sequence insert shots, playable within the film via Seamless Branching
Feature-length documentary, YELLOW FEVER: THE RISE AND FALL OF THE GIALLO by High Rising Productions, chronicling the Giallo film genre from its beginnings as early 20th century crime fiction, to its later influences on the modern slasher film genre
Original UNSANE (U.S. version of TENEBRAE) end credits sequence
Alternate opening credits sequence
International theatrical trailer
Japanese SHADOW theatrical trailer

Runtime: 101 minutes

Release Date: September 13, 2016

Language: English and Italian Language Options (Original Mono 2.0 Release Mixes)

Aspect Ratio: Widescreen 1080p (1.85:1) Presentation

Format: Blu-ray

Region: Region A

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