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Stendhal Syndrome-Special Edition

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When beautiful police detective Anna Manni follows the bloody trail of a sophisticated serial murderer/rapist through the streets of Italy, the young woman falls victim to the bizarre "Stendhal Syndrome" - a hallucinatory phenomenon which causes her to lose her mind and memory in the presence of powerful works of art. Trapped in this twilight realm, Anna plunges deeper and deeper into sexual psychosis, until she comes to know the killer's madness more intimately than she ever imagined.

Horror maestro Dario Argento (Suspiria, Opera) reaches new heights of florid fantasy and Grand Guignol with this warped work of art starring Maxim Magazine's "Sexiest Woman in the World" Asia Argento (Land Of The Dead, XXX), Thomas Kretschmann (King Kong, Blade II) and Marco Leonardi (From Dusk Till Dawn 3). Previously edited outside of Italy, The Stendhal Syndrome is now presented here in all its grotesque glory, remastered in High Definition under the supervision of cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno (All That Jazz, Amarcord) from the original Italian 35mm interpositive, and loaded with exclusive new Extras in this 2-Disc Special Edition.


Studio Rhino
SKU 205000210
UPC 827058201490
UPC 14 00827058201490
Format DVD
Release Date 9/25/2007
Aspect Ratio
Anamorphic Widescreen  1.66:1
Name Argento,Asia
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Cast & Crew
Angelo Nicolini - Editor
Asia Argento - Actor
Dario Argento - Director
Dario Argento - Screenplay
Dario Argento, et. al. - Producer
Ennio Morricone - Original Music By
Franco Ferrini - Screenplay
Giuseppe Rotunno - Cinematographer
Graziella Magherini - Based On Novel By
Luigi Diberti - Actor
Marco Leonardi - Actor
Massimo Antonello Geleng - Production Designer
Thomas Kretschmann - Actor
ReviewSource Variety
Review In "The Stendhal Syndrome," frightmeister Dario Argento tempers his penchant for Grand Guignolesque bloodletting and supernatural excess, returning to a style closer to that of his early thrillers. The film kicks off with an exhilarating opening act but gradually ebbs into the domain of more commonplace psychological serial-killer chillers as the central conceit recedes. Argento-philes should subscribe nonetheless, and presales to several major territories indicate at least a modest offshore profile...Giuseppe Rotunno's classy lensing is cool and elegant, with the deep reds and blues in which Argento pics are usually drenched conspicuously absent. The director's customary barrage of gory set pieces also is kept to a minimum, though a handful of vintage Argento moments will please his admirers. Visual effects generally are sharp, as is the elaborately constructed soundtrack. This is compromised by Argento's practice of post-synching dialogue (in both Italian and English versions), but given immeasurable help by Ennio Morricone's creepily insistent singsong score.
Reviewer David Rooney
ReviewRating 9
ReviewSource Arrow in the Head
Review This has to be Argento's sickest flick. The man is well known for his extreme violence against women in his films but here he also slaps in the rape element. Argento deals with rape the same way he deals with your face. It's not pleasant...This film is two movies in one. The first half is Argento classic, a twisted serial killer plot filled with rape, masochistic tendencies, hallucinations and blood galore. The second half reminded me of Polanski's "Repulsion"...The Stendthal Syndrome gives Argento a lot of room to indulge himself in excessive visuals (seeing Anna enter paintings is a sight to behold), the story is fascinating, the kills are violent, the mood is bleak and the flick never stops surprising you...We still get extreme violence, crazy shots, a great lead actress (in Miss Asia Argento) and some seriously whacked out visuals. It's just too bad that Argento drops his load too soon...A sick, sadistic, visual feast that isn't for the faint of heart. Sure, the second half doesn't live up to its kickarse first half but only half of Stendthal Syndrome is better than half the thrillers out there. Make sure to get the unrated version and brace yourself for a stomach churning gore filled flick.
Reviewer John Fallon
ReviewRating 8
Product Attributes
Actor Argento,Asia
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Eccentric Cinema Argento's most disturbing work to date!
Maitland McDonagh, TV Guide This psychological horror picture is harrowing and occasionally macabre...a sexually brutal film.
Marc Savlov, Austin Chronicle It's nasty, brutal stuff, but it's also unlike anything else out there.
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