Suspiria Blu-ray Review
Release Date: January 29, 2019
Run time: 152 minutes
Audio: DTS-HD MA lossless 2.0 mix
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Disc Spec: 1 BD
Dario Argento’s Suspiria is a gory classic with the most incredible colour palettes to ever grace a horror film. It’s brisk running time, corny script and iconic score only adds to the film’s everlasting legacy. So, when it was announced that the 1977 classic would be remade there were murmurings of discontent among horror aficionados who wondered if anything sacred was safe from the evils of a remake? Then Luca Guadagnino announced himself as director and, following the success of A Bigger Splash and Call Me By Your Name, people were curious.
You can call the 2018 film a remake but in truth the film’s similarities start and end at the characters and basic plot, therefore making it an entirely different beast. Clocking in at 155 minutes the film is almost an entire hour longer than the 1977 original and it does suffer from its bloated running time. The film’s bloated running time is in part due to the pollical subtext. The film is set in 1977 (the year the original was released) and deals with themes of national guilt in a divided Berlin (the dance school is situated right next to the Berlin Wall).
This is all sounds very interesting, and does create an interesting back drop, but it doesn’t really say anything new about the era. The film hints that blame should be laid at those in power rather than those who witnessed what happened but did nothing. This is hardly a new way of thinking, so it ends up being rather pointless and unnecessarily distraction from the tense story of witches harvesting young dancers for consumption by the mother witch.
Movie Quality: 6/10
The print is presented in 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 with a 1:85:1 aspect ratio. The print looks good and fits the dark nature of ‘Suspiria’. Colors are strong with a lot of dark colors used throughout the film. Color management is excellent with the style that is being used in the film. Colors are bold, vibrant, and pop off the screen. Fleshtones are natural looking with some excellent details. If you want to show off a film that takes advantage of Blu-ray this is it considering that details are out of this world. Black levels are rather deep. ‘Suspiria’ is one detailed film due to strong color management and deep blacks. There are no blemishes on this print at all, it looks clean with a subtle use of grain throughout the film.
Video Quality: 9.5/10
The audio is presented in DTS-HD MA lossless 5.1 mix. This mix offers dynamic the sound effects and the soundtrack takes advantage of all the surrounds. From the supernatural moments to action heavy sequences, you will feel like all kinds of supernatural actions is taking place right in your living room. Bass management is also well done in this film. With the film split between action and dialogue, voices come through the center channel rather clean.
Audio Quality: 9/10
- The Making of Suspiria [HD]
- The Secret Language of Dance [HD]
- The Transformations of Suspiria [HD]
Special Features: 6/10
I saw the original “Suspiria” at thirteen years old, and it has long been among my top-ten favorite horror films. A remake, reimagining of Argento’s film has its flaws due to being a bit too overlong, but fans of the original may enjoy this.
Overall Rating: 7/10