Italian horror master Dario Argento elevates the giallo genre to new heights with 1982’s Tenebrae, a darkly humorous and notoriously grisly murder-mystery that many consider to be one of his finest works. Now, Synapse Films, in conjunction with Arrow Video, makes this gory suspense classic available for the first time on UHD in a new 4K restoration for Tenebrae’s 40th anniversary!
American mystery author Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa, Death Wish II) comes to Rome to promote his newest novel, Tenebrae. A razor-wielding psychopath 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!
Co-starring John Saxon (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Daria Nicolodi (Phenomena), John Steiner (Caligula) and featuring beautiful cinematography by Luciano Tovoli (Suspiria), this stunning all-new 4K restoration includes hours of extras and, for the first time ever, the alternate U.S. theatrical cut, Unsane.
Dario Argento’s Tenebrae will be presented in a three-disc 4K UHD/Blu-ray 6000 piece Limited Edition boxed set nationally distributed by MVD, along with an additional strictly limited 2000 piece “variant” cover ONLY available from the Synapse Films website and our friends at Diabolik DVD.
LIMITED DUAL FORMAT EDITION CONTENTS:
- New 4K restoration from the original camera negative
- Limited edition packaging with newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter (6000 unit version) and original Italian art (2000 unit “variant” cover)
- Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by filmmaker Peter Strickland and Argento biographer Alan Jones, an interview with cinematographer Luciano Tovoli and a new, in-depth analysis of the film by critic Ashley Lane
- Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original Italian and Japanese poster art
- Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
DISC 1 (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY) – ORIGINAL VERSION - 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray™ presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio
- Original Italian and English front and end titles and insert shots
- Restored original DTS-HD MA lossless Italian and English 2.0 mono soundtracks
- English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
- Audio commentary by authors and critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman
- Audio commentary by Argento expert Thomas Rostock
- Audio commentary by Maitland McDonagh, author of Broken Mirrors/Broken Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento
- Yellow Fever: The Rise and Fall of the Giallo, a feature-length documentary charting the genre from its beginnings to its influence on the modern slasher film, featuring interviews with Dario Argento, Umberto Lenzi, Luigi Cozzi and more
- Being the Villain, a newly edited archival interview with actor John Steiner
- Out of the Shadows, an archival interview with Maitland McDonagh
- Voices of the Unsane, an archival featurette containing interviews with writer/director Dario Argento, actresses Daria Nicolodi and Eva Robins, cinematographer Luciano Tovoli, composer Claudio Simonetti and assistant director Lamberto Bava
- Screaming Queen, an archival interview with Daria Nicolodi
- The Unsane World of Tenebrae, an archival interview with Dario Argento
- A Composition for Carnage, an archival interview with Claudio Simonetti
- Archival introduction by Daria Nicolodi
- International theatrical trailer - Japanese “Shadow” theatrical trailer
- Alternate opening credits sequence
- “Unsane” end credits sequence - Image galleries
DISC 2 (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY) – “UNSANE” VERSION – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE
- 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray™ presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio
- The re-edited 90-minute U.S. version, specially recreated for this release from the new 4K restoration of the full-length 101-minute version, exclusive to UHD
- Two audio options: a recreation of the original theatrical experience, complete with jump cuts and sudden audio shifts, and a new, more seamless edit created for this release, both in restored DTS-HD MA lossless English 2.0 mono
- Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
- Original “Take Me Tonight” stereo EP recording, performed by Kim Wilde
DISC 3 (BLU-RAY) – ORIGINAL VERSION - High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentation in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio
- All the same content as Disc 1
SPECIAL VARIANT SLIPCOVER VERSION - LIMITED TO 2000 PIECES
Synapse Films will be making a special limited edition “variant” slipcover version, limited to only 2000 pieces, featuring the classic image from the original Italian Renato Casaro one sheet poster art on the slipcase and an alternate booklet cover image. This edition will be available exclusively from the Synapse Films website (www.synapsefilms.com) and from Diabolik DVD (www.diabolikdvd.com). Retail price and contents remain the same as the nationally distributed version. Pre-order variant from Synapse Films - www.synapsefilms.com/product/tenebrae-2000-piece-limited-italian-variant/ Pre-order variant from DiabolikDVD - https://www.diabolikdvd.com/product/tenebrae-exclusive-version-synapse-le-box-3-disc-4k-uhd-blu-ray-set-preorder/
Synapse Films will be releasing this set throughout North America on July 26, 2022. Suggested Retail Price (SRP) for the Synapse Films set is $64.95 USD.