Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 36 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: February 24, 2009
- Originally Released: 1969
- Label: Blue Underground
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Aspect Ratio: Widescreen - 2.35
- Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround EX - English
- Dolby True HD 7.1 - English
- DTS 7.1 HD - English
- Subtitles - English - Optional
- Additional Release Material:
- Alan Jones, Journalist; Kim Newman, Journalist
- Out Of The Shadows - Dario Argento, Director
- Painting With Darkness - Vittorio Storaro, Cinematographer
- The Music Of Murder - Ennio Morricone, Composer
- Eva's Talking - Eva Renzi, Actor
- U.S. Trailer
- Italian Trailer
- TV Spots
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..."
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.
In his first film as writer/director, Dario Argento (SUSPIRIA, DEEP RED, TWO EVIL EYES) single-handedly created the giallo genre and instantly emerged as the filmmaker critics worldwide hailed as The Italian Hitchcock. Tony Musante (TRAFFIC, WE OWN THE NIGHT) and Suzy Kendall (CIRCUS OF FEAR, TORSO) star in this pulse-pounding suspense thriller about an American writer in Rome who witnesses and is helpless to stop a brutal assault, the cunning vengeance of a maniac, and the heart-stopping horror that lives and kills deep in the dark. Blue Underground is proud to present this legendary shocker in striking High Definition, remastered from its original camera negative (including recently discovered never-before-seen footage of explicit violence) and remixed in 7.1 DTS-HD and 7.1 Dolby TrueHD. Illuminating Extras include four featurettes with Dario Argento, Oscar winning cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, legendary composer Ennio Morricone, co-star Eva Renzi and much more!
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.
Serial Killers |
Theatrical Release |
- "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.