One of the films that I knew would be amazing on Blu-Ray is Dario Argento’s Suspiria. I actually imported a Region-Free Blu-Ray from Japan just to see it on my HDTV. It costed me a pretty penny but if you are willing to wait, those hooligans over at Synapse Films will be releasing Argento’s classic on Blu-Ray via a new 2K scan supervised by Technicolor!! Read below for more information!
From Synapse Films’ Facebook:
ROMULUS, MI – Synapse Films, Inc. has acquired the North American home-video rights to the 1977 classic horror film SUSPIRIA, directed by Italian horror master Dario Argento. Described as “one of the scariest films of all time” by Entertainment Weekly, SUSPIRIA stars the beautiful Jessica Harper as a young girl caught up in a coven of witches controlling a German dance academy.
“I’ve been involved in the restoration and release of many films in my career, but SUSPIRIA has always eluded me, until now,” says Donald May, Jr., President of Synapse Films. “It’s one of my favorite horror films and I’m ecstatic that my business partner, Jerry Chandler, was able to negotiate with the rights holders to release this film. This is going to be an amazing project for us.”
Synapse Films, Inc. will work closely with Technicolor Rome and Technicolor Los Angeles to create an all-new high-definition 2K scan from the original negative for a possible 2014-15 video release. “It’s important to spend as much time as possible to create the definitive high-definition home video version for the fans,” May explains. “We’re going to take our time with this one.”
Synapse Films, Inc. is currently planning the extensive work on SUSPIRIA in conjunction with Technicolor, utilizing both their Rome and Hollywood facilities. The film scanning will be coordinated and supervised by Technicolor Hollywood’s Director of Restoration Services, Tom Burton, whose film restoration credits include Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER, Georges Méliès’ A TRIP TO THE MOON and BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S.
Final specifications, retail pricing, and extras for the Synapse Films release of SUSPIRIA will be announced closer to the as yet to be determined release date.
For those that follow Synapse on Facebook, this doesn’t come as a complete shock. Many figured this is the title that Don talked about on his personal page a few months back. It is so reassuring that Synapse grabbed the rights to this as they are perfectionists with every title. This is going to be an amazing Blu-Ray! Come on 2014 (or whenever they decide to release it)!