Pretty Packaging: Germany's SUSPIRIA Release Is A Bewitching Beauty

Editor, Europe; Rotterdam, The Netherlands (@ardvark23)
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Dario Argento's beautifully nightmarish witchcraft thriller Suspiria was released in 1977. That is four decades ago already, and this has spurred German distributor "84 Entertainment" to release a 40th Anniversary Leatherbook Edition.

Which is all fun and good, but it's not like Suspiria has ever suffered a particular shortage of releases. And even at this moment, fans of the film wait with bated breath for Synapse's 4K restoration, a (by all accounts EPIC) labor of love that has been worked on for years.

So why single out this specific German release? In short: because it is absolutely frigging gorgeous. In less-short: Suspiria has always been a title which has featured prominently in the style-over-substance discussion. It has a bizarre non-sensical plot and no great acting to speak of, but as an audio-visual dreamscape it is quite an experience. Dario Argento went over the top with color and music, fully aiming for mood over narrative. This means that Suspiria is almost ridiculously well-suited for baroque disc-pimping. Hell, the film almost DEMANDS it.

And whoa, the Germans did roll up their sleeves and went to work on this one. Note that the set is NOT English-friendly, meaning all subtitles and books are in German only, but it sure is prettily packaged. Here is a gallery of shots. Click on the edge of the pictures to scroll through them, or at the center of each to see a bigger version!

The full title of this release is "The 40th Anniversary Leatherbook Edition" and indeed, the box resembles a big, leather book. This edition is limited (numbered, even) to 1,111 pieces.

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Mr B4000July 14, 2017 6:39 AM

Beautiful packaging.

Unflinching_EyeJuly 14, 2017 7:23 AM

Man, that is STUFFED. Cool illustrations on the digipak and booklet cover. And Helena Markos' peacock on the back embossing is a nice touch. What's the picture quality like?

Ard VijnJuly 14, 2017 9:13 AM

Good, though it has that Italian transfer which Synapse always uses as their counter-example. :-/

ManateeAdvocateJuly 14, 2017 11:56 AM

Gorgeous. Simply gorgeous. Excellent film too.

Unflinching_EyeJuly 14, 2017 7:38 PM

Do you mean the 4K restoration advertised here?

I saw that one earlier this year on the big screen at Monster Fest. Very pleasing in terms of detail etc, and definitely the best looking I'd ever seen it, but yeah, when you look at Synapse's comparisons it looks like the green hued colour grading we've all become accustomed to is just... wrong?

I don't suppose you've heard anything new about when the Synapse blu is coming??

Vincent PereiraJuly 14, 2017 8:56 PM

The Synapse release will be out by the end of the year. The first public screening of their cinematographer-approved 4K restoration will be at the Fantasia Film Festival in August.

Unflinching_EyeJuly 14, 2017 10:11 PM


Ard VijnJuly 15, 2017 6:26 AM

Rest assured I'll still be picking up the Synapse later this year, also for the crazy multi-directional soundtrack that one will have (read here: )

John WJuly 15, 2017 6:41 PM

So where can I buy it?

Ard VijnJuly 16, 2017 8:30 PM

Amazon Germany has it:

ZetobeltJuly 17, 2017 2:53 PM