- Widescreen Format
- Original Theatrical Trailer
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 38 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 7, 1999
- Originally Released: 1969
- Label: Vci Video
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic Widescreen - 2.35
- Aspect Ratio: Letterbox - 2.35
- Additional Release Material:
- Isolated Music Track
- Trailers: Original Theatrical Trailer
- Text/Photo Galleries:
- DVD-ROM Features:
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Entertainment Weekly - 10/12/2007
"Stylish, sexy and fueled by a groovy Ennio Morricone score." -- Grade: A
Total Film - 06/01/2011
5 stars out of 5 -- "[A] smart, cosmopolitan, thoroughly modern whodunit..."
Description by OLDIES.com:
An American writer (Tony Musante - TV's "Toma") traveling in Rome is the only witness to an attempted murder by a sinister man in a raincoat and black leather gloves, though he is powerless to do anything to stop him. With a feeling that something is not quite right about the scene he has witnessed and the police's inability to make any progress, he launches his own personal investigation - and nearly loses his life in the process.
While this modern day Jack-the-Ripper type is slithering through the dark by ways of Rome slicing up pretty girls, director Dario Argento is carving up the emotions of terrified viewers. Dark deeds are mixed with black comedy worthy of Hitchcock in a film of almost unbearable tension and nail-biting suspense.
The first directorial effort by Italian suspense master Argento. An American writer in Italy becomes an amateur sleuth when he witnesses a failed attempt by a serial killer to take the life of the wife of a wealthy gallery owner. A stylish beginning to a distinguished career, featuring the black-gloved killer that became the director's trademark.
An American writer living in Rome is plunged into the city's seedy underworld when he is the only witness to a brutal murder attempt.
- "The Bird with the Crystal Plumage" was director-screenwriter Dario Argento's first feature film.
- This film was an unauthorized adaptation of Frederic Brown's novel "Screaming Mimi."
- Filmed on location in Rome.
- Shot in Eastmancolor.
- Distribution company: UM Film Distributor.
- Originall rated MPAA GP.