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Review: The Bird with the Crystal Plumage (Arrow Video)

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage

Starring:Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Eva Renzi
Directed: Dario Argento
Studio: Arrow Video
Format:  Blu-Ray
Disc Release Date: June 20, 2017



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 new, 4K-restored limited edition from Arrow Video!


My Review:

The Bird with the Crystal Plumage is a Mystery thriller Italian Giallo that for me might stand as one of my Favorites of the bunch. The film is about a Writer whom made his way to Rome to sing off on a book. On his way back from the whole process he witnesses a murder. A Guy in all black struggling with a woman in a store and as he tries to help her through the store front window he is trapped . Now a detective has him on lock down making him do the detective work as he held on to his passport. A few twists and turns are lead finds his self in danger including the women he is with.

The film has a great story with a plot twist or two near the end. The film revolves around detective work. We get some action, some gore and a some Nudity. but mostly what holds you in is the story. One thing for me that missing is a great score. It’s not bad but the score doesn’t hold my attention much compared to some of my other favorite Giallo films like The Red Queen Kills Seven Times. Now i Haven’t seen a ton of films in this genre but Red Queen mad me like it a lot due to the score. The Blu-Ray Quality looks great as its sharp with popping colors and stands up with other Arrow films.

Overall the film was a good watch and If you into Italian Giallo films then you should have this one in your collection. I would say it’s in the top five but not with a perfect score as maybe a more dramatic catchy score would have put this over to that top  along with maybe another murder or two. The film does have a little bit of everything.

With that said I give this film a 4 out of 5 and is well worth the shelf space. Pick it up.




  • Brand new 4K restoration of the film from the camera negative in its original 2.35:1 aspect ratio, produced by Arrow Video exclusively for this release
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original mono Italian and English soundtracks (lossless on the Blu-ray Disc)
  • English subtitles for the Italian soundtrack
  • Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing for the English soundtrack
  • New audio commentary by Troy Howarth, author of So Deadly, So Perverse: 50 Years of Italian Giallo Films
  • The Power of Perception, a new visual essay on the cinema of Dario Argento by Alexandra Heller-Nicholas, author of Devil s Advocates: Suspiria and Rape-Revenge Films: A Critical Study
  • New analysis of the film by critic Kat Ellinger
  • New interview with writer/director Dario Argento
  • New interview with actor Gildo Di Marco (Garullo the pimp)
  • Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Candice Tripp
  • Limited edition 60-page booklet illustrated by Matthew Griffin, featuring an appreciation of the film by Michael Mackenzie, and new writing by Howard Hughes and Jack Seabrook


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