Dario Argento’s fil­mog­ra­phy has made strides in the U.S. blu-ray mar­ket in recent years but for many hor­ror fans, there’s a big gap­ing hole in their hi-def col­lec­tion that can only be plugged with a copy of Suspiria.  Thankfully, Synapse has stepped for­ward to answer that call and will be launch­ing an all-stops-out spe­cial edi­tion of the film on blu-ray and DVD some­time in 2014 or 2015.  The process is only begin­ning on this title but it’s safe to assume it will get the painstak­ing treat­ment that Synapse typ­i­cal­ly applies to its titles.  Read on for all the ear­ly Dario-goes-dig­i­tal details…

DARIO ARGENTO’S HORROR CLASSIC
GETS THE SYNAPSE TREATMENT!

SUSPIRIA

COMING TO DVD, BLU-RAY,
AND OTHER OPTICAL MEDIA!

SYNAPSE FILMS, INC. LICENSES DARIO ARGENTO’S SUSPIRIA, SOUNDTRACK BY GOBLIN, FOR DVD, BLU-RAY AND FUTURE OPTICAL MEDIA.

ROMULUS, MI – Oct. 31, 2013 – Synapse Films, Inc. has acquired the North American home-video rights to Dario Argento’s 1977 clas­sic hor­ror film SUSPIRIA, with an orig­i­nal sound­track by European prog-rock­ers Goblin. Described as “one of the scari­est films of all time” by Entertainment Weekly, SUSPIRIA stars the beau­ti­ful Jessica Harper (Brian De Palma’s PHANTOM OF THE PARADISE, Woody Allen’s STARDUST MEMORIES) as a young girl caught up in a coven of witch­es con­trol­ling a German dance acad­e­my, with a guest appear­ance by Udo Kier (Lars von Trier’s NYMPH( )MANIAC, Andy Warhol’s FRANKENSTEIN and DRACULA).

I’ve been involved in the restora­tion and release of many films in my career, but SUSPIRIA has always elud­ed me, until now,” says Donald May, Jr., President of Synapse Films. “It’s one of my favorite hor­ror films and I’m ecsta­t­ic that my busi­ness part­ner, Jerry Chandler, was able to nego­ti­ate with the rights hold­ers to release this film. This is going to be an amaz­ing project
for us.”

Synapse Films, Inc. will work close­ly with Technicolor Rome and Technicolor Los Angeles to cre­ate an all-new high-def­i­n­i­tion 2K scan from the orig­i­nal neg­a­tive for a pos­si­ble 2014–15 video release. “It’s impor­tant to spend as much time as pos­si­ble to cre­ate the defin­i­tive high-def­i­n­i­tion home video ver­sion for the fans,” May explains. “We’re going to take our time with this one.”

Synapse Films, Inc. is cur­rent­ly plan­ning the exten­sive work on SUSPIRIA in con­junc­tion with Technicolor, uti­liz­ing both their Rome and Hollywood facil­i­ties. The film scan­ning will be coör­di­nat­ed and super­vised by Technicolor Hollywood’s Director of Restoration Services, Tom Burton, whose film restora­tion cred­its include Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER, Georges Méliès’ A TRIP TO THE MOON, and Blake Edwards’ BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S.

Final spec­i­fi­ca­tions, retail pric­ing, and extras for the Synapse Films release of SUSPIRIA will be announced closer to the as yet to be deter­mined release date.