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The Bird with the Crystal Plumage [Blu-ray] [1970]

Release Date:02/13/2018
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This trend-setting thriller put its director, Dario Argento, on the international map and began a flood of imitative mystery-horror hybrids which dominated Italian genre output in the early 1970s. Tony Musante, best known for the television series Toma, portrays an American who witnesses the murder of a woman at a trendy Rome art gallery. Before long, Musante finds himself targeted by a mysterious killer. Based on a story by Byron Edgar Wallace, Bird and hints at the flamboyance which would become Argento's trademark. This and Argento's subsequent two films Il Gatto a Nove Code and Quattro Mosche di Velluto Grigio were much less horror-oriented than his later work.~Robert Firsching


Brand new 4k restoration of the film from the original camera negative produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release

English Subtitles for the Italian soundtrack

Eva's Talking, an archival interview with actor Eva Renzi (Monica Ranieri)

High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) presentation

New Audio Commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films

New interview with Writer/Director Dario Argento

New interview with actor Gildo Di Marco (Garullo the Pimp)

Optional English Subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack

Original Italian and international theatrical trailers

Original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks

Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp

The Power of Perception, a new visual essay on the cenema of Dario Argento by Alexanda Heller-Nicholas, author of Devil's Advocates: Suspiria and Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study New analysis of the film by critic Kat Ellinger