A musician witnesses the murder of a famous psychic, and then teams up with a fiesty reporter to find the killer while evading attempts on their lives by the unseen killer bent on keeping a dark secret buried.
WHAT WE THOUGHT
A very powerful female medium gets murdered after she detects a murderer in the audience of one of her lectures on the supernatural. After that, the murderer decides to kill the medium at their apartment. Meanwhile Mark, a local piano player witnesses the murder while walking down the street. He then decides to get to the bottom of things himself. Everything you can come to expect from Argento is here. The beautiful colors, the insane camera angles and sadly we also get the gaps in logic, but I’m happy to say that those gaps in logic are kept to a minimum. Argento stylistic camera moves develop into really extreme close-ups of things on Deep Red. He will really go in there with the camera and go all around an object with it, he does this many many times in the flick.
There’s really an Argentesque geometry,a non -Euclidean one,and few other directors ( Alfred Hitchcock , Roman Polanski ) know how to depict a place and make it threatening for his characters.Argento,who certainly read Gaston Leroux (“le fantôme de l’opera” ) when he was young,loves the opera houses(or theater).”profondo rosso” begins on a stage where some kind of medium (Macha Meril) sees horrible things.People who have read Hergé’s adventures of Tintin will notice the similarities between this scene and those pages in “the seven crystal balls” where Tintin and Haddock are watching Mrs Yamilah in a music hall.”Opera” ‘s first scene also would take place in a theater as if the director told us “it’s only a movie,do not worry” before treating us to the delight of the best scene with birds since Hitchcock’s eponymous movie.
The sense of space which Argento displays is mind-boggling: depth of field,high and low angle shots,impressive lighting effects.His characters become Tom Thumb lost in the huge forest:think of the ballerina ,running away through the corridors (“Suspiria” ),James Franciscus in the graveyard (“il gatto…) ,Tony Musante in the lighthouse (Ucello …),or Irene Miracle in the basement (Inferno).Here it’s a true anthology:almost every place is memorable,from the corridor where the drama is resolved to the house where bad things happened long ago ,from the isolated house in the country -where Argento uses condensation as only a Conan Doyle,a Gaston Leroux or an Ellery Queen could have done it- to the school where weird drawings might be the final clue.
The Blu-Ray comes with interviews, music videos and trailers. The A/V Quality is sharp as hell and it sports nothing short of reference quality audio for a horror film of its age. Blue Underground continues to show the world that they are far more capable of handling the Argento library than Anchor Bay ever did in the last decade. I hate to bash another DVD company in a review, but the jump in quality is so amazing. In the end, I’d recommend a purchase.