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  • An MVD Exclusive
  • Format: BLU-RAY DISC
  • SKU: AV365
  • UPC: 760137601197
  • Street Date: 07/27/21
  • PreBook Date: 06/22/21
  • Label: Arrow Video »
  • Genre: Horror
  • Run Time: 96 mins
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Audio: STEREO
  • Year of Production: 1970
  • Region Code: 0
  • Box Lot: 0
  • Territory: US
  • Language: Italian


Cast & Crew

  • Actor: Tony Musante
  • Actor: Suzy Kendall
  • Actor: Enrico Maria Salerno
  • Actor: Eva Renzi
  • Actor: Mario Adorf
  • Director: Dario Argento
  • Director: Dario Argento


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The Bird With The Crystal Plumage [UHD Limited Edition]


The Bird With The Crystal Plumage [UHD Limited Edition]
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In 1970, young first-time director Dario Argento (Deep Red, Suspiria) made his indelible mark on Italian cinema with The Bird with the Crystal Plumage - a film which redefined the 'giallo' genre of murder-mystery thrillers and catapulted him to international stardom. Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante, We Own the Night), an American writer living in Rome, inadvertently witnesses a brutal attack on a woman (Eva Renzi, Funeral in Berlin) in a modern art gallery. Powerless to help, he grows increasingly obsessed with the incident. Convinced that something he saw that night holds the key to identifying the maniac terrorizing Rome, he launches his own investigation parallel to that of the police, heedless of the danger to both himself and his girlfriend Giulia (Suzy Kendall, Spasmo)... A staggeringly assured debut, The Bird with the Crystal Plumage establishes the key traits that would define Argento's filmography, including lavish visuals and a flare for wildly inventive, brutal scenes of violence. With sumptuous cinematography by Vittorio Storaro (Apocalypse Now) and a seductive score by legendary composer Ennio Morricone (Once Upon a Time in the West), this landmark film has never looked or sounded better in this brand new 4K Ultra HD presentation from Arrow Video!


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Bonus Materials

  • New 4K restoration from the original negative by Arrow Films
  • 4K (2160p) UHD Blu-ray presentation in Dolby Vision (HDR10 compatible)
  • Restored original lossless mono Italian and English soundtracks
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • Black Gloves and Screaming Mimis, an interview with author and critic Kat Ellinger exploring the film’s themes and its relationship to both the giallo and Fredric Brown’s novel The Screaming Mimi
  • The Power of Perception, a visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexanda Heller-Nicholas, author of Devil’s Advocates: Suspiria, reflecting on the recurring theme of perception and the role of art in Argento’s filmography
  • Crystal Nightmare, an interview with writer/director Dario Argento
  • An Argento Icon, an interview with actor Gildo Di Marco
  • Eva’s Talking, an archival interview with actor Eva Renzi
  • Original Italian and international theatrical trailers
  • 2017 Texas Frightmare trailer
  • Image galleries
  • Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring writing on the film by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook, and a new essay by Rachael Nisbet
  • Fold-out double-sided poster featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative
  • Six double-sided, postcard-sized lobby card reproduction artcards
  • Limited edition packaging with reversible sleeve featuring originally and newly commissioned artwork by Obviously Creative

Sales Points

  • The Dario Argento classic that redefined & popularized the giallo genre
  • First global UHD release
  • Certified Fresh with a Tomatometer Score of 93%

Press Quotes

[It] has the energy to support its elaborateness and the decency to display its devices with style

     —Vincent Canby, New York Times

What thrillers are all about

     —Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

Future Oscar winner Vittorio Storaro shot the film-it was his first color film and he makes it a showpiece-and Ennio Morricone provides an unusual, often eerie score arranged for human voices.

     —Sean Axmaker, Stream on Demand

A smart, cosmopolitan, thoroughly modern whodunit comprised of geometric visuals and pulsating sexual violence

     —Jamie Graham, Total Film

A heart-stopping horror melodrama with excellent acting from all involved

     —TV Guide

Improving upon what was already one of Arrow's best Blu-rays, this UHD presentation is quite possibly the label's best 4K release to date. The sharp clarity really brings the geometrical precision home in all its glory.

     —Chuck Bowen and Jake Cole, Slant

Arrow has been establishing itself rather easily as a quality purveyor of 4K UHD product, and this new release of The Bird with the Crystal Plumage should further burnish their reputation. Technical merits are solid, and as usual with an Arrow release, the supplementary package is outstanding. Highly recommended.


One of Argento's finest films... Arrow Video's UHD debut offers a robust presentation of the film in a handsome package that any self-respecting Italian genre fans must have on their shelf. Highly recommended.

     —The Digital Bits

You can see the kind of care and attention put into the 4K presentation... This is the best the film has ever looked and sounded. I'd run out to pick this release up before it sells out, as I doubt we're going to see Argento's work and this film ever look this good at home again.

     —Edge Media Network

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a cinematic work of art and a standout effort in the giallo subgenre. If you're a fan of this flick, this is sure to be considered the gold standard. I'd strongly suggest picking up a copy while you can. 5 out of 5 stars!

     —Dread Central

Dario Argento made his feature directorial debut with this 1970 giallo classic, and it’s one of the most assured inaugural outings in all of cinema. The violence is shocking, the suspense is unbearable, and the colors are gorgeous; this is not only one of the formative texts of the genre but one of the best, and Arrow Video’s new 4K edition is up to their usual standards.

     —The Playlist

One of the best examples of the Giallo. Highly recommended to just about everyone

     —Don's Horror World


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