There are some movies that have been released so many times you could practically reserve a shelf just for its “Limited” or “Special” Editions. Evil Dead II was the infamous king of this quadruple dip game back in the day, and Night of the Living Dead has been printed on enough discs to fill an actual cemetery.
While Dario Argento’s psychedelic Italian horror classic Suspiria has also been dropped more than a few times during the cult home video boom (that began with Anchor Bay over twenty years ago now), none have looked quite as elegant as Synapse’s upcoming 4K restoration. Just take a look at the steelbook art:
Along with that good-looking packaging, Synapse has put a hell of a lot of work into the release (which has been limited to 6000 units):
-Three disc [Two Blu-rays + One CD] limited collector’s edition containing a new 4K restoration of the original uncut, uncensored Italian 35mm camera negative exclusively done by Synapse Films, with color correction supervised and approved by SUSPIRIA Director of Photography, Luciano Tovoli
-Original 4.0 1977 English language LCRS sound mix not heard since the theatrical release in 1977, presented in high-resolution DTS-HD MA 96 Khz/24-bit audio
-Italian 5.1 surround sound mix
-Two audio commentaries by authors and Argento scholars, Derek Botelho, David Del Valle & Troy Howarth
-Do You Know Anything About Witches? - 30 minute SUSPIRIA visual essay written, edited and narrated by Michael Mackenzie
-Suzy in Nazi Germany – Featurette on the German locations from SUSPIRIA
-A Sigh from the Depths: 40 Years of SUSPIRIA – All-new anniversary retrospective on the making of the film and its influence on cinema
-Olga’s Story – Interview with star Barbara Magnolfi
-Original theatrical trailers, TV spots and radio spots
-Special Collector Edition Booklet containing an American Cinematographer interview with Luciano Tovoli, liner notes by Derek Botelho and restoration notes by Vincent Pereira & Don May, Jr.
-“International Classics” English “Breathing Letters” opening credit sequence from U.S. release version
-Alternate All-English opening and closing credits sequences, playable via seamless branching
-Newly translated, removable English SDH subtitles for the English language version
-Newly translated, removable English subtitles for the Italian language version
-Exclusive CD remaster of Goblin’s SUSPIRIA motion picture soundtrack, containing additional tracks not included on the original 1977 soundtrack release.
Good Lord, I need that on my shelf ASAP. But like a good cinephile, I’m hoping to catch an upcoming showing of Suspiria on the big screen, as the 4K is currently touring the US and Canada on DCP. In the meantime, join me in preordering what is easily one of the greatest genre movies ever made, so you too can crank that epic Goblin soundtrack and annoy the shit out of your neighbors.