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Phenomena (1985)

Saturday 18th November 2017

Released in 1985 and featuring telepathic insects, maggots galore, and even a razor-wielding chimp, from master of horror Dario Argento comes Phenomena, released on DVD and Blu-ray 15th January 2018 from Arrow Video.
Jennifer Connelly, Donald Pleasence, Dalila Di Lazarro, Patrick Bauchau, Daria Nicolodi
Dario Argento
Dario Argento
Arrow Video
1 hour 56 minutes
15/01/2018

From master of horror Dario Argento (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage) comes Phenomena - one of his most eccentric and unique thrillers, featuring telepathic insects, maggots galore, and even a razor-wielding chimp!

Jennifer Corvino (Jennifer Connelly, Labyrinth), daughter of a world-renowned movie star, arrives in the so-called "Swiss Transylvania" to attend an exclusive girls' school. However, a vicious killer is targeting the pupils, and sleepwalker Jennifer finds herself in the assassin's headlights when her nocturnal wanderings cause her to witness the death of a fellow pupil. Aided by paraplegic entomologist John McGregor (Donald Pleasence, Halloween) and her own uncanny ability to communicate telepathically with insects, Jennifer sets out to track down the killer before she herself becomes the latest victim...

Released in 1985, towards the end of Argento's decade-long golden age as a director, Phenomena co-stars Dalila Di Lazarro (Andy Warhol's Frankenstein), Patrick Bauchau (Clear and Present Danger) and Daria Nicolodi (Tenebrae), and features lush cinematography by Romano Albani (Inferno) and a pounding prog rock score by Goblin (Deep Red, Suspiria). Presented here in a sumptuous new 4K restoration of the film and with a newly created "hybrid" English/Italian audio track on the full length 116-minute Italian version, this is the definitive release of Argento's creepy classic.

The 116-minute Italian cut features approximately six minutes of footage for which English audio does not exist. In these instances, the hybrid track reverts to Italian audio with English subtitles.

Phenomena is released on DVD and Blu-ray 15th January 2018 from Arrow Video.

  • Brand new 4K restoration of the full-length 116-minute Italian cut of the film from the original camera negative
  • New 5.1 surround mix of the Italian soundtrack in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements
  • New hybrid English/Italian soundtrack in lossless 5.1 and 2.0 stereo
  • Italian soundtrack in lossless PCM 2.0 stereo
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • Of Flies and Maggots, a new feature-length documentary including interviews with co-writer/producer/director Dario Argento, actors Fiore Argento, Davide Marotta, Daria Nicolodi and Fiorenza Tessari, co-writer Franco Ferrini, cinematographer Romano Albani, production manager Angelo Jacono, special optical effects artist Luigi Cozzi, special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, makeup artist Pier Antonio Mecacci, underwater camera operator Gianlorenzo Battaglia, and composers Claudio Simonetti and Simon Boswell
  • Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
  • Jennifer music video, directed by Dario Argento
  • Rare Japanese vintage pressbook
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp
  • Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the original camera negative
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation of the full-length 116-minute Italian cut of the film
  • New 5.1 surround mix of the Italian soundtrack in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio, derived from the original 4-channel Dolby Stereo elements
  • New hybrid English/Italian soundtrack in lossless DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1 and PCM 2.0 stereo
  • Italian soundtrack in lossless PCM 2.0 stereo
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • Of Flies and Maggots, a new feature-length documentary including interviews with co-writer/producer/director Dario Argento, actors Fiore Argento, Davide Marotta, Daria Nicolodi and Fiorenza Tessari, co-writer Franco Ferrini, cinematographer Romano Albani, production manager Angelo Jacono, special optical effects artist Luigi Cozzi, special makeup effects artist Sergio Stivaletti, makeup artist Pier Antonio Mecacci, underwater camera operator Gianlorenzo Battaglia, and composers Claudio Simonetti and Simon Boswell
  • Original Italian and English theatrical trailers
  • Jennifer music video, directed by Dario Argento
  • Rare Japanese vintage pressbook
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp
  • None or TBC

Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.

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