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Dario Argentoit is dark is sure to look better than ever in 4K Ultra HD, with Video Arrow and Synapse Movies joining forces for a brand new release that was announced today.

On pre-order now at once Synapse in the United States and UK arrowlimited-edition 6,000-piece 4K UHD/Blu-ray three-disc box set honors 40th anniversary of darkwhich was released in 1982. There is also another 2,000 piece “variant” cover version of the set which is ONLY available on the Synapse Films website and Devilish DVD.

Here in the US, the release will be available on July 26, 2022.

Italian horror master Dario Argento takes the giallo genre to new heights with 1982 dark, a dark and notoriously macabre murder mystery that many consider to be one of his finest works. Now, Synapse Films, in collaboration with Arrow Video, is making this gory thriller classic available for the first time in UHD in a new 4K restoration.

American detective novelist Peter Neal (Anthony Franciosa, Death wish II) comes to Rome to promote his latest novel, dark. A razor-wielding psychopath is on the loose, taunting Neal and murdering those around him in gruesome ways, just like the character in his novel. As the mystery surrounding the murders spirals out of control, Neal investigates the crimes on his own, leading to a mind-bending, mind-twisting conclusion that will take your breath away!

Co-starring John Saxon (freddie), Daria Nicolodi (Phenomena), John Steiner (caligula) and featuring beautiful cinematography from Lucien Tovoli (Suspiria), this stunning all-new 4K restoration includes hours of extras and, for the very first time, the alternative American theatrical cut, Foolish.

Bonus features of the set include…

  • New 4K restoration from the original camera negative
  • Limited edition packaging with newly commissioned artwork by Wes Benscoter (6000 unit release) and original Italian artwork (2000 unit “variant” cover)
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by filmmaker Peter Strickland and Argento biographer Alan Jones, an interview with cinematographer Luciano Tovoli and an in-depth new analysis of the film by critic Ashley Lane
  • Double-sided fold-out poster with original Italian and Japanese posters
  • Six postcard-sized double-sided lobby card reproduction art cards

DISC 1 (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY) – ORIGINAL VERSION

  • 4K UHD (2160p) Blu-ray™ presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio
  • Italian and English original titles before and end and insertion plans
  • Restored DTS-HD MA original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by authors and reviewers Alan Jones and Kim Newman
  • Audio commentary by Argento expert Thomas Rostock
  • Audio commentary by Maitland McDonagh, author of Shattered Mirrors/Shattered Minds: The Dark Dreams of Dario Argento
  • Yellow fever: the rise and fall of the Gialloa feature documentary tracing the genre from its beginnings to its influence on modern slasher film, featuring interviews with Dario Argento, Umberto Lenzi, Luigi Cozzi and many more
  • be the bad guya newly edited archival interview with actor John Steiner
  • Out of the shadows, an archival interview with Maitland McDonagh
  • Voice of the Foolsan archival featurette containing interviews with writer/director Dario Argento, actresses Daria Nicolodi and Eva Robins, cinematographer Luciano Tovoli, composer Claudio Simonetti and assistant director Lamberto Bava
  • howling queenan archival interview with Daria Nicolodi
  • The Insane World of Tenebraean archival interview with Dario Argento
  • A composition for Carnagean archival interview with Claudio Simonetti
  • Archival introduction by Daria Nicolodi
  • International theatrical trailer
  • Japanese “Shadow” theatrical trailer
  • Alternate opening credits sequence
  • Foolish” credits
  • Image Galleries

DISC 2 (4K ULTRA HD BLU-RAY) – “UNSANE” VERSION – LIMITED EDITION EXCLUSIVE

  • 4K UHD (2160p) Blu-ray™ presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible) in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio
  • The re-released 90-minute US version, specially recreated for this release from the new 4K restoration of the full-length 101-minute, UHD-exclusive version
  • Two audio options: a recreation of the original theatrical experience, with jump cuts and sudden audio changes, and a new smoother edit created for this release, both in restored DTS-HD MA lossless English mono
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
  • Original recording of the stereo EP “Take Me Tonight”, performed by Kim Wilde

DISC 3 (BLU-RAY) – ORIGINAL VERSION

  • High-definition (1080p) Blu-ray™ presentation in its original 1.85:1 aspect ratio
  • All the same content as Disc 1

Visit the Synapse website for release details.

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