BluCaps: Phenomena (2017 remaster)

2017 edition

  • Label: Arrow Video
  • Disc Locality: UK
  • Region: B
  • Codec: AVC
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Source Format: 35mm (spherical)

Full disclosure: I was the project producer on this release and approved the final colour grade.

While I think that other recent Argento re-releases, particularly Arrow’s THE CAT O’ NINE TAILS and Synapse’s SUSPIRIA, represent an even greater leap in quality over previous releases of those titles, I’d be lying if I claimed this version of PHENOMENA doesn’t wow me the most. Perhaps it’s because I was so intimately involved with this release — I recreated the shorter 110- and 83-minute versions of the film from the new 4K restoration of the original 116-minute cut and created a new hybrid English/Italian 5.1 audio track, so you can imagine the amount of time I spent staring at the master — but I continue to be in awe of what was achieved here by James White and L’Immagine Ritrovata. The detail is out of this world incredible, with a level of resolution that you don’t get with 2-perf Techniscope and a crispness that’s very different from the “smoother” look of SUSPIRIA’s anamorphic photography. IMO if ever there was an Argento film to be a prime candidate for the 4K Ultra HD treatment, it’s this one.

Check out my comparison between this and the earlier 2011 Arrow Video release.