“Opera” was the first Argento film I ever saw. Little did I know of the weird Giallo obsession with causing injuries to eyes. From there, this might honestly be one of the most approachable Argento films. Creepy stuff from childhood, imaginative and realistic kills and a nice bit role for Soavi. All of the boxes are checked, but what keeps this movie from just dominating? If I had to pin it on one thing, I’d have to say it’s because the film is so by the numbers.
While it might’ve seemed novel three decades ago, the whole young male lover angle is a bit tired. You stalk a lady because her cougar mom used to use you as a kill butler? It seems super petty when you think about the killer’s motivation. Christina Marscillach does the best with her lead role, but how much of it belongs to sing good and look pretty? If Argento wasn’t firing on all cylinders while working on location, I don’t think this film would be remembered as well.
Pick this one up just to see the stunning prints that Scorpion is producing for these releases. I’m looking forward to The Sect.
- Brand new HD scan
- 2.35:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 5.1 master audio track