I saw a good number of them in the early 1990's, but it was at a time that I was going through so many of them that few of them resonated with me the way they probably should have. When you dive into that wide, wide pool of blood and go deep under, it can be difficult to submerge and have any real sense of where you are, what you liked, what you didn't, etc., so as these features get some new exposure I'm taking them in. Some of them? Well, it's understandable why I forgot about them (to a degree), and yet others really do hit the mark in the way that both a good story and some compelling visuals should.
That said, I've always been familiar with the name of Dario Argento, and I've read on many occasions that Tenebrae remains one of his strongest features. In that respect, I might just have to jump back in the bloody water with a 4K Ultra HD cut from the master's library. It's coming to shelves late next month (September), and fans are encouraged to get in line as this one might disappear reasonably quickly.
I've been provided some of the details below, and I wanted to share them with the readership. Read it and weep, my friends ... tears of joy, that is.
As mystery writer Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa) is promoting his newest novel Tenebrae, a serial killer begins to murder their victims in the very manner Neal describes in his book! As those around him are being picked off one by one and the police look at Neal as the sole suspect, the author must investigate and find the murderer himself before he’s either killed or framed for the murders. Featuring performances by Franciosa, John Saxon, Daria Nicolodi, and John Steiner makes Tenebrae an all-star murder mystery not to be missed, with Argento at his very best.
The two disc 4K UHD + Blu-ray set features an audio commentary by authors and critics Alan Jones and Kim Newman; an audio commentary by Argento expert Thomas Rostock; an 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 modern slasher films, 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; an archival introduction by Daria Nicolodi; an international theatrical trailer; a Japanese “Shadow” theatrical trailer; an alternate opening credits sequence; “Unsane” end credits sequence; and image galleries.