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6 Degrees Entertainment

Deep Red:4K Ultra HD [2-Disc]
(David Hemmings, Daria Nicolodi, et al / 4K Ultra HD / NR / (1975) 2021 / Arrow Films - MVD Visual)

Overview: From Dario Argento, maestro of the macabre and the man behind some of the greatest excursions in Italian horror (Suspiria, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage), comes Deep Red – the ultimate giallo movie.

One night, musician Marcus Daly (David Hemmings, Blow Up), looking up from the street below, witnesses the brutal axe murder of a woman in her apartment.

Racing to the scene, Marcus just manages to miss the perpetrator… or does he? As he takes on the role of amateur sleuth, Marcus finds himself ensnared in a bizarre web of murder and mystery where nothing is what it seems.

Aided by a throbbing score from regular Argento collaborators Goblin, Deep Red (aka Profondo Rosso and The Hatchet Murders) is a hallucinatory fever dream of a giallo punctuated by some of the most astonishing set-pieces the sub-genre has to offer.

4K Ultra HD Blu-ray Verdict: During a demonstration of her psychic ability, a woman senses the presence of a killer in the audience. Later that night, she is attacked and brutally murdered in her apartment.

Marcus Daly (David Hemmings) witnesses the murder of the psychic and goes to the apartment to help/investigate. He later tells the police that he saw something when he entered the apartment, but he is not sure what it was.

With the assistance of a female reporter, Daly begins looking for clues to the killer’s identity. As he gets closer to the truth, the body count begins to rise. Can he remember what he saw in the apartment and stop the killer before he becomes the next victim?

With Deep Red, Dario Argento created what may be the best Giallo ever produced. Mario Bava may be credited with developing the rules and structure of the Giallo in Blood and Black Lace, but Argento succeeded in making the sub-genre his own.

Everything about the movie is nearly perfect. And Argento does something that quite honestly few Gialli have accomplished - actually create moments of real horror (or at least a few chills). The scenes where Daly is investigating the rundown, rambling villa has some moments that always bring me to edge of my seat.

As for the mystery, Deep Red features what I feel is one of Argento’s best plots. And the fact that Argento gives you everything you need to solve the mystery will leave you kicking yourself for not seeing all of the significant clues.

Argento takes a big chance by giving the solution so early on, it’s just that no one seems to pick-up on it during a first viewing. Brilliant!

There are two different versions of this movie available - the original extended version and the cut American version. This is one of the very few movies I know of where people I respect actually prefer the cut version.

Either version is watchable so it’s really just a matter of taste. For the record, I prefer the extended version. Whichever cut of the film you select, make sure to watch in Widescreen as there’s a lot of vital information that’s cut from the sides of the full-frame transfer. This is a quite wondrous 4K Ultra HD Presentation enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:

New 4K restoration of both the original 127-minute Italian version and the 105-minute export version from the original negative by Arrow Films
4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentations of both versions in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Alan Jones and Mikel J. Koven, and a new essay by Rachael Nisbet
Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards

Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks*
Optional lossless 5.1 Italian soundtrack
English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
New audio commentary by critics Troy Howarth and Nathaniel Thompson
Archival audio commentary by Argento expert Thomas Rostock
Almost three hours of new interviews with members of the cast and crew, including co-writer/director Dario Argento, actors Macha Méril, Gabriele Lavia, Jacopo Mariani and Lino Capolicchio (Argento’s original choice for the role of Marcus Daly), production manager Angelo Iacono, composer Claudio Simonetti, and archival footage of actress Daria Nicolodi
Italian trailer
Arrow Video 2018 trailer
Image galleries

Restored original lossless mono English soundtrack
Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Archival introduction to the film by Claudio Simonetti of Goblin
Profondo Giallo – an archival visual essay by Michael Mackenzie featuring an in-depth appreciation of Deep Red, its themes and its legacy
Archival interviews with Dario Argento, Daria Nicolodi, Claudio Simonetti and long-time Argento collaborator Luigi Cozzi
US theatrical trailer
*The English audio track on this original cut has some portions of English audio missing. English audio for these sections was never recorded for these scenes. As such, they are presented with Italian audio, subtitled in English.