BIRD WITH THE CRYSTAL PLUMAGE REVIEWED
“Bird with the Crystal Plumage” was Dario Argento’s first directing effort. Guess what it’s about? A random American witnessing a murder and then having to evade a killer. Who would have thought that could be the plot? The Hitchcock influence runs through the movie, but the plot is paper thin. The cops are cool with vigilante justice and a lot of the women exist to be victims. But, hey! It was a different time.
For a film that barely clocks over 90 minutes, it feels 22 minutes too long. So much of the police scenes could’ve been stepped up, but the long shots and dark stylized shots look glorious. It’s a beautiful movie and Argento has done a ton better. But, Arrow is outshining Criterion with the level of legwork and 4K restoration work put in throughout the set. Literally everything about this movie is presented on disc. Plus, you get a way better transfer than what was on that garbage VCI disc. I was going to do a scene comparison, but we’re running behind on the production side.
If you’re any kind of horror fan, then you should pick this up.
- Visual Essay
- Lobby Cards
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD MONO
RELEASE DATE: 6/20/17
- Video - 99%99%
- Audio - 95%95%
- Supplemental Material - 97%97%
- Film Score - 92%92%
The Plot Thus Far
A witness of an attack, a writer becomes stalked by a serial killer.