Back on my previous site, I posted about my experience of seeing Dario Argento’s Suspiria on the big screen and my observations about how closely the UK theatrical print I saw matched the overall colour, brightness and contrast balance of the North American Anchor Bay DVD from 2001. I assumed that what I had seen was an Eastmancolor print, given my somewhat pessimistic expectation that, as is so often the case, the UK had drawn the short straw and not received any of the three-strip IB Technicolor prints that supposed conform to Argento and cinematographer Luciano Tovoli’s intentions as regards the film’s colour palette. In that case, as Vincent Pereira correctly pointed out (comments #11 and #14), the colours of an Eastman print cannot be considered definitive. However, an anonymous visitor’s comment (#16) suggests that, in actual fact, Suspiria’s UK prints were IB Technicolor.

This is basically a general plea for information. Can anyone confirm or deny this? I would dearly love to know the answer to this question in order to get a better idea of what Argento and Tovoli actually had in mind for the film’s visuals back in 1977. I can certainly state with some degree of certainty that, from a purely personal standpoint, the colours of the Anchor Bay DVD (and, by proxy, the print I saw projected last week) are by far the most appealing of all the iterations of the film I’ve come across. Certainly, the 2007 remaster that was the basis for the 2007 Italian and French DVD re-releases and the 2009 Italian Blu-ray Disc release is little more than an eyesore and it would frankly be something of a relief to have explicit confirmation once and for all that this is not representative of the look Argento and Tovoli were going for.

Any ideas?