There has been a lot of talks recently regarding Suspiria, the Italian classic from the legendary Dario Argento, and with good reason. Not only is a remake nearing completion — one that I’m sure everyone will agree upon and not fight about whatsoever — but the original was recently re-mastered in 4K by Synapse and is getting a bit of a theatrical run. Perhaps best of all, at least if you’re a collector, is that Synapse finally announced a release date for their highly-anticipated Blu-ray release of Synapse. The release, which will be a limited edition Steelbook, is due out later this year and features a ton of special features and will include the brand new 4K restoration.
The Suspiria fun does not stop there, however! CultFilms, a wonderful label out of the UK the specializes in the release of art-house cinema and cult classics is gearing up for their own 4K release of the Argento classic. This release is special for a couple reasons. For starters, if you’re located in Europe or anywhere that isn’t region A and you do not have a region free player, this will be your chance to snag a new 4K Blu-ray of Suspiria. The second key factor that makes this release exciting is that not only will this release be a 4K restoration — a restoration done by TLE, not the same as the Synapse version — but it will actually be a 4K UHD Blu-ray release to go along with your standard Blu-ray and DVD.
Whether or not this restoration will be better or equal to Synapse remains to be seen. Few companies are capable of outdoing Synapse but it does happen on occasion. We also don’t know what special features will be available on this CultFilms release, but my guess is they will try and load it up best they can. The best part about this new is that it gives the collectors options.
Specifically for those of you in the UK, CultFilms will be putting together a “UK Tour of Suspiria 4K” and bringing the film to a number of venues throughout the country. Their tour will conclude with a special event in London with Argento introducing the film and hosting a Q&A after the screening. In addition, this restoration of the film will screen as part of the BFI London Film Festival. Tour dates and the final details for the Argento Q&A to come soon.
I’ll share more details as we get them, but in the meantime check out the CultFilms site to see what other goodies they have in store.