21st Oct2018

Cult Films announce Blu release of Argento’s ‘Opera’

by Phil Wheat

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Following their release of Suspiria, CultFilms return to the oeuvre of Dario Argento with a brand new restoration of Argento’ visionary horror masterpiece Opera, which stars Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson (Chariots of Fire) and Daria Nicolodi (Deep Red); and features music by Brian Eno, Bill Wyman, long-time Argento favourite Claudio Simonetti and the divinity herself Maria Callas.

When young understudy Betty takes the lead role in a new operatic production of Verdi’s Macbeth, she soon attracts the attention of a knife-wielding psycho who forces her to watch – with eyes pinned open – as he brutally despatches her friends and colleagues with sadistic delight. Can Betty free herself from this unending nightmare or does a more terrifying fate await? Opera is a ravishing return to the giallo style Argento made his name with, awash with black-gloved killers, lavish bloodletting and the director’s expressionistic Grand Guignol excess.

CultFilms are set to present this gore-soaked terror classic in a stunning new 2K restoration, with colour regrading carried out under instruction from Argento himself and in reference to his own, preferred, original cinema print. Splattered with stylistic bloodshed and soaring cinematography, Opera shows Italy’s master of horror at the very height of his game

SPECIAL FEATURES:

  • ‘Aria of Fear’: a brand new candid interview with director Dario Argento, revisiting his work from a fresh viewpoint
  • ‘Opera Backstage’: a unique behind the scenes documentary about Dario Argento directing Opera
  • Restoration featurette: from raw scan to the regraded, restored and reframed final vision

CultFilms presents Opera on Dual-Format Blu-ray & DVD and VOD 19 November 2018. Pre-order direct from CultFilms: bit.ly/2Aj8v2J

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