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Details on Argento’s ‘Opera’ on Blu-Ray to Open Your Eyes

Little over a week ago, we shared details that the Argento-directed, Opera, and Argento-produced films, The Sect and The Church, would be hitting Blu-Ray by Doppelgänger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing. We finally got some specific details today on the Opera Blu-Ray!

While we had some details back in 2016 about the Opera release, we’re not sure if they are still using the cover art displayed in that post.

Original Trailer

From the Press Release:

Best known for his work in the horror and thriller genres and regarded as one of the most influential artists of the past half-century, Italian filmmaker Dario Argento’s 1987 cult classic film Opera will make a fresh new reprise in the new year. Arriving for the first time on Blu-ray, Doppelgänger Releasing and Scorpion Releasing will present a remastered/restored edition in high definition, with over 45 hours of color correction, brand new 5.1 soundtrack,
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Dario Argento’s Opera Collector’s Edition Blu-ray Special Features & Cover Art

  • DailyDead
Horror fans can grab a seat for Dario Argento's Opera like never before in 2017 when Scorpion Releasing unleashes a collector's edition Blu-ray of the 1987 film, and we have a look at the cover art and list of special features for the upcoming release.

From Scorpion Releasing: "Here is our custom cover art of for the deluxe collector's edition of Dario Argento's Opera, by artist Yannick Bouchard.

We are still finalizing the final details of our discs, but here is a sneak peek of what the release will include:

New 2K scan of the original camera negative with extensive color correction - exclusive to this release Two different English tracks and the Italian track with English Subtitles The film presented in two aspect ratios, each on their own dual layered discs - 2.35:1 and 1.78:1 New audio commentary with film historian Nathaniel Thompson New interviews with stars William McNamara,
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First Look & Details on Argento’s ‘Opera’ Blu-Ray Release from Scorpion Releasing

Details were released yesterday on the upcoming, and dare I say highly-anticipated, release of Dario Argento’s Opera on Blu-Ray from Scorpion Releasing. They revealed a (not final) cover and some of the special features, which are also not final.

From Scorpion Releasing’s Facebook page:

Above is a look at the cover by Yannick Bouchard. Apparently, it will read “Dario Argento’s” instead of “Dario Argento”.

New 2K scan of the original camera negative with extensive color correction – exclusive to this release Two different English tracks and the Italian track with English Subtitles The film presented in two aspect ratios, each on their own dual layered discs – 2.35:1 and 1.78:1 New audio commentary with film historian Nathaniel Thompson New interviews with stars William McNamara, Barbara Cupisti, Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni , Urbano Barberini and make up artist Franco Casagni Interviews with director Dario Argento, composer Claudio Simonetti, screenwriter Franco Ferrini, special fx artist Sergio Stivaletti,
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Hell Comes in Synapse Films Bluray Release of Demons 1 and 2

Demons

Genre: Horror Production year: 1985

Director: Lamberto Bava

Stars: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Geretta Geretta, Bobby Rhodes

They Will Make Cemeteries Their Cathedrals, And Cities Will Be Your Tombs!

From the minds of Dario Argento and Lamberto Bava comes the horrific Heavy Metal splatter film classic, Demons! Presented in a stunning new high-definition transfer and re-mastered audio!

A strange masked man offers tickets to a horror … Continue reading →

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Awfully Good: Demons

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Demons (1985) Director: Lamberto Bava Stars:Natasha Hovey, Urbano Barberini, Paola Cozzo A group of people get trapped in a movie theater where the feature presentation turns them in to bloodthirsty monsters. A movie so bad it almost kills you? I think we've seen a few of those in this column. Produced by Italian horror maestro Dario Argento and directed by Lamberto Bava (son of Mario Bava), Demons is a loving tribute to the power of cinema. Just kidding. If there's...
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'Demons' (1985) Review

Review by Chris Wright, MoreHorror.com

Demons” (1985)

Directed By: Lamberto Bava

Written By: Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava, Franco Ferrini, Dardano Sacchetti

Starring: Urbano Barberini (George), Natasha Hovey (Cheryl), Karl Zinny (Ken), Fiore Argento (Hannah), Paola Cozzo (Kathy), Fabiola Toledo (Carmen), Nicoletta Elmi (Ingrid), Stelio Candelli (Frank), Nicole Tessier (Ruth) Geretta Geretta (Rosemary), Bobby Rhodes (Tony), Guidi Baldi (Tommy), Bettini Ciampolini (Nina), Giuseppe Mauro Cruciano (Hot Dog), Sally Day (Liz)

Demons” is one of the definitive horror movies for any fan of Italian horror films. It was one of the first Italian films I ever watched several years ago and instantly became one of my favorites. It’s not perfect by any means but I don’t think that was the intention. The movie makes up for any flaws with its superb practical effects that constantly keeps the story moving in its speedy pace.

The movie takes place primarily inside a movie theater in Berlin.
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Synapse Films to Release Demons, Demons 2, Tenebre, and Phenomena on Blu-ray

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Earlier this month, we told you that Synapse Films would be releasing a Blu-ray version of Lamberto Bava’s Demons, and it’s now being reported that they’re also working on new Blu-ray versions of Demons 2, along with Dario Argento’s Tenebre and Phenomena.

Don May Jr. of Synapse Films recently gave Fangoria an update on their upcoming Blu-ray/DVD titles:

“We’re getting better hi-def masters of Tenebrae and Phenomena, and we’re fixing the timing and color errors that were in the previous Blu-rays of the Demons films. Right now, Calum Waddell and High Rising Productions are working on supplements for Demons and Demons 2. They’re putting together all kinds of stuff for us on those two, with the participation of Simon Boswell, Alan Jones, Federico Zampaglione and Roy Bava, and many more to be announced. We haven’t started on the Tenebrae and Phenomena extras yet.
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Synapse to Release Lamberto Bava’s Demons on Blu-ray

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It has been announced that Synapse Films will be releasing Demons on Blu-ray. The 1985 film was directed by Lamberto Bava and produced/co-written by Dario Argento. At this time, there are no release details, aside from the fact that it’s one of the titles Synapse will be releasing to Blu-ray in the near future. However, we have heard that there should be some new special features included on the disc.

For those that haven’t seen Demons, we’ve included some of the product info below and a trailer:

“Horror erupts in a movie theater as the patrons of a film about Nostradamus begin to transform into slavering, bloodthirsty things from the depths of hell. Aren’t you glad you’re watching this at home? Gore-drenched effects and a great heavy metal score mark this shocker from producer Dario Argento, who co-scripted with director Lamberto Bava. Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey star.
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Seven Great Wtf Moments in Horror Movie History

By Erin Lashley, MoreHorror.com

It takes a lot to shock the average horror junkie, because our favorite films are by definition shocking. Because of the nature of these films, often the most jaw-dropping moments aren't necessarily the goriest ones, but rather the surreal non sequitur scenes that virtually come out of nowhere and just as quickly return there. Sometimes we realize upon repeat viewings that such moments do actually move the plot along. However, sometimes they just can't be explained away.

Bad chop suey, Pieces

In the middle of the film, an undercover cop played by Lynda Day George is walking across the dark college campus following a figure (Bruce Le) who she thinks might be the killer. Suddenly, he turns on her and begins attacking her with kung fu moves.

A student who is helping the cops, Kendall (Ian Sera), appears just as suddenly and stops the attacker,
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Blu-ray Review - Demons (1985)

Demons (Italian: Dèmoni), 1985.

Directed by Lamberto Bava.

Starring Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny and Fiore Argento.

Synopsis:

A group of people find themselves trapped in a movie theatre infected by ravenous demons.

When discussing Italian cinema, it’s impossible not to mention the horror genre. Furthermore it’s also impossible not to mention Dario Argento. Lending his name as director, writer, producer (and more) to a huge array of iconic films, Argento is mostly synonymous with horror. Films such as Suspiria and Deep Red really became benchmarks for his cinematic countrymen, and indeed had a strong influence on subsequent American films. The 70s were the peak in Italian horror cinema, remaining strong throughout the 80s, and Demons was a successful film that spawned a franchise. Argento is on screenwriting and producing duties for this one, and Lamberto Bava (son of legendary director/cinematographer, Mario Bava) directs.

The premise is very simple indeed.
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Blu-ray Review: Demons 1 & 2 (Arrow Video)

Arrow Video, purveyors of all things cult movie, have finally – after months of teasing and trailing – released the classic Italian horror pairing of Demons and Demons 2 on Blu-ray in both the standard slipcase versions and a swanky steelbook double-bill. Whilst we were sent review discs to check out, I couldn’t help but buy the Blu-ray steelbook (I’m a little Ocd when it comes to steelbooks) – just check out the video:

Demons

Stars: Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, Fiore Argento, Bobby Rhodes, Michele Soavi | Written by Dario Argento, Lamberto Bava, Dardano Sacchetti, Franco Ferrini | Directed by Lamberto Bava

Originally released in 1985, Demons is a glorious mix of heavy-metal soundtrack and over-the-top gore and sees a group of strangers gathered together in a seedy downtown cinema, the Metropol, to watch a brutal horror flick which has a supernatural effect over the audience, turning them into a swarm of
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Arrow Video’s April 2012 line-up revealed

It’s time for another update from our friends at Arrow Video, this time previewing their April 2012 releases which include the long-awaited release of the two Demons movies and the ArrowDrome release of Maniac Cop.

Demons (Arrow Video) Limited Edition Blu-ray

Live and direct, straight from Hell! Lamberto Bava and Dario Argento bring you The Gonzo Horror movie of the 1980s with Demons, a frenzied slice of gore heavy shock cinema that gives up on logic and instead assaults the screen with a riot of X-Rated violence, face chewing Zombies and pounding Heavy Metal. In a mysterious cinema, an audience are watching a brutal horror flick when the horror rips out of the screen, unleashing a swarm of slathering Demons who are intent on spreading their evil plague across the globe.

Time to tool up and take no prisoners… The Demons are coming!

This Amazing Edition Includes:

Four option reversible
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Lamberto Bava's Demons and Demons 2 Are Both Heading to Blu-ray in 2012

Two our favorite cult films by the legendary Lamberto Bava are headed to Blu-ray in 2012, and we can hardly wait! Arrow Video have revealed their plans to release Demons (1985), starring Urbano Barberini, Natasha Hovey, Karl Zinny, and Fiore Argento, and Demons 2 (1986), starring Asia Argento, David Edwin Knight, Nancy Brilli, and Coralina Cataldi-Tassoni on Blu-ray for the first time! No preliminary dates or technical specs have been released…
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Adored

Adored
Subtitled "Diary of a Male Porn Star", this Italian melodrama offers a few surprisingly sweet moments but never overcomes the narcissism it's ostensibly deconstructing. The story of a hustler with a heart of gold, "Adored" has made the festival rounds since screening in Berlin's Panorama last year under its original title, "Poco piu di un anno fa" (A Little More Than a Year Ago). Wolfe, a distributor of gay-themed videos, marks its domestic theatrical debut with the film, which looks unlikely to set the niche market on fire after opening in April in Los Angeles.

"Adored" tries to be too many things, none very convincingly: plea for tolerance, docu-style character study, old-fashioned weepie. The film clicks in its offhand observations of Old World hypocrisy but too often resorts to purple prose and pronouncements masquerading as dialogue.

Writer-director-actor Marco Filiberti, in his first big-screen effort, alternates between two time frames in relating the fictional saga of Riki Kandinsky, a gay porn star living la dolce vita in Rome. In 2014, documakers seeking an interview with Riki's brother, Federico (Urbano Barberini), spark flashbacks to 1999, when the two men reunited for the funeral of their father and became true friends.

An unwholesome businessman who had married into French aristocracy, the Soldani patriarch protected Federico from the truth about his younger sibling. Curious about Riki's life, and unconsciously seeking escape from his controlling fiancee (Francesca d'Aloja), Federico returns to Rome with Riki (Filiberti) and soon becomes part of his inner circle. He's especially drawn to sculptor Luna (Rosalinda Celentano, onscreen as Satan in "The Passion of the Christ"), Riki's celibate, ethereal soulmate who voices humorless philosophical tidbits about art, love and libido.

Filiberti has a certain charm but needs more disciplined material. He portrays Riki as a hero in the Romantic mold, hungering for immortality, beloved by many but understood by only a few. His friendship with an orphaned boy inspires a sense of responsibility to something other than the lens, but even as the protagonist begins to question his priorities, the helmer-star revels in self-adoration.

Adored

Adored
Subtitled "Diary of a Male Porn Star", this Italian melodrama offers a few surprisingly sweet moments but never overcomes the narcissism it's ostensibly deconstructing. The story of a hustler with a heart of gold, "Adored" has made the festival rounds since screening in Berlin's Panorama last year under its original title, "Poco piu di un anno fa" (A Little More Than a Year Ago). Wolfe, a distributor of gay-themed videos, marks its domestic theatrical debut with the film, which looks unlikely to set the niche market on fire after opening in April in Los Angeles.

"Adored" tries to be too many things, none very convincingly: plea for tolerance, docu-style character study, old-fashioned weepie. The film clicks in its offhand observations of Old World hypocrisy but too often resorts to purple prose and pronouncements masquerading as dialogue.

Writer-director-actor Marco Filiberti, in his first big-screen effort, alternates between two time frames in relating the fictional saga of Riki Kandinsky, a gay porn star living la dolce vita in Rome. In 2014, documakers seeking an interview with Riki's brother, Federico (Urbano Barberini), spark flashbacks to 1999, when the two men reunited for the funeral of their father and became true friends.

An unwholesome businessman who had married into French aristocracy, the Soldani patriarch protected Federico from the truth about his younger sibling. Curious about Riki's life, and unconsciously seeking escape from his controlling fiancee (Francesca d'Aloja), Federico returns to Rome with Riki (Filiberti) and soon becomes part of his inner circle. He's especially drawn to sculptor Luna (Rosalinda Celentano, onscreen as Satan in "The Passion of the Christ"), Riki's celibate, ethereal soulmate who voices humorless philosophical tidbits about art, love and libido.

Filiberti has a certain charm but needs more disciplined material. He portrays Riki as a hero in the Romantic mold, hungering for immortality, beloved by many but understood by only a few. His friendship with an orphaned boy inspires a sense of responsibility to something other than the lens, but even as the protagonist begins to question his priorities, the helmer-star revels in self-adoration.

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