The Bird with the Crystal Plumage details
|Formats:||15 DVD, 18 Blu-ray, LOVEFiLM Instant|
|Starring:||Renato Romano, Umberto Raho, Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno|
|Genres:||Horror - General, Thriller, World Cinema - French|
|Original title||L'uccello Dalle Piume di Cristallo|
The Bird with the Crystal Plumage
|1hr 31 mins||18|
LOVEFiLM Instant Information
|Run time:||1 hour 31 minutes|
|Rental release:||To be confirmed|
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Compromised ratio.By Szamanka (5 reviews) from London , 12 Jul 2011
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[Highly rated reviewer]This is a fantastic film. One of the best Italian Giallo thrillers ever made.
Unfortunately, word (from the Arrow PR website Cultlabs) is that this release from Arrow films is a cropped version - IE- Rather than the original 2:35.1 letterboxed shape we know and love, this release is 2:0.1, a peculiar shape that has been imposed by DOP Vittorio Storaro (Whos obviously gone a bit loopy) because he feels it works better on a standard TV set and pertains geometrically to some Renaissance era theory of the optimum shape for a painting (Or something) errrr....
For example a scene that features the crosshairs of the killer's camera stalking the next victim, is rendered incoherent due to the crosshairs only being visible on one side of the frame.
Rent with caution if you've never seen this classic before, or even better, try to get the Blue Underground R1 release which has just been deleted, as this is the best all round representation.
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pointless and boringBy goth (35 reviews) from Watford , 21 Apr 2013Boring,long winded and so badly acted. Pointless film. I presume the ending was meant to be spectacular and to admit i didn't guess the twist but by then i didn't really care.
dario argento master classBy Daura (67 reviews) from Coventry , 30 Dec 2012one of my favourites. great acting, characters, and story. keeps you guessing. Follows the classic murder mystery 1970s horror with great music for added terror!!! I have only watched this version but still thoroughly enjoyed every bit.
no guns pleaseBy juradino (811 reviews) from London , 02 Nov 2011Birds are unique in this slasher in which you never know who the killer is because art imitates reality. Argento's best movie by my standards and being killed by slab of sculpture looking like pin cushion might be one of its highlights. Portrayal of the painter is as good as anything sixties closed up with.
A masterclassBy Ian_Hiles (48 reviews) , 23 Oct 2011Sometimes, when you see a cult film, (especially horror) the expectation outweighs the experience.
I've been looking around for this film for years, and I'm pleased to say it lived up to the reputation. Argento is on form: the plot is coherent, the gore isn't (too) gratuitous, and the camerawork is ahead of its time. (I had to check that this was made in 1970, not 1980s.)
Plot wise, it has become very familiar ground: killer stalks victims, kills most of them, gets killed. However, this does lean towards the whodunit of Psycho, rather than straight slasher of Black Christmas, Friday the 13th or Halloween. There are some very good set pieces, and the victims aren't all just set up to be dispatched. (It also thumbs its nose at other slasher movies by having a twist based on something you've seen earlier rather than having a false ending.) (Actually, the ending is a bit rushed.)
Like most 70s directors still working today, Argento's output varies, and pales in comparison to his earlier work. It does, however, set a high bar, so maybe that's not his fault entirely.
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A Touch of Frost(y blood)By LifeVsFilm (3 reviews) , 28 Jul 2011
[Highly rated reviewer]With my pre-existing knowledge of Italian horror auteur Dario Argento admittedly mostly garnered from watching Juno - I watched this apprehensively, ensuring the girlfriend who scares easily was out of the flat, and a sick bucket and towels were close to hand, lest the television begin leaking the copious flow of blood that would soon inevitably be filling up the screen. It is with a relieved sense of disappointment that I can confirm this is not a horror, more a suspense thriller, following a down on his luck American writer seeking inspiration in Italy, who witnesses an attempted murder whilst he is trapped between two sheets of glass. Discovering the attack was the handiwork of an active serial killer, he becomes obsessed with the case, up to the point where he is hunted by those whod rather the killer remain unknown. Mostly following the standard crime whodunit formula, this effectively cranks up the suspense, but the goriness and brutality of the occasional murder jars with the largely sedate tone of the rest of the film. There are nice comedic touches tracking down the man in the yellow jacket and a collection of memorable oddball supporting characters including a stuttering pimp and a reclusive cat eating art collector, but this is little more than a sporadically bloodier version of A Touch of Frost.