Directed and written by Dario Argento
Cinematography by Romano Albani
Music by Keith Emerson
Cast: Liegh McClosky, Alida Valli, Daria Nicoldi, Eleanora Giorgi
1980/106 mins/Color/Dolby Digital Surround
1.85:1 anamorphic/English/US/NTSC Region 0
Review from Blue Underground DVD
A young woman (Irene Miracle) finds a book about “The Three Mothers”, and soon all sorts of evil shit starts to happen, including her own death. Her brother (Liegh McClosky) goes off to New York to find out what to happen to her. There he finds, himself, in one of the three houses made for the evil mothers, this one in New York, as all hell breaks loose.
So, is the plot, or what be discerned of it anyway, of Dario Argento’s sequel to SUSPIRIA, and the second film in his Three Mothers trilogy. The third film, MOTHER OF TEARS: THE THIRD MOTHER is to be released next year. But, getting back to this film, it bears the hardest to follow story ever conceived by Argento. Much of it makes little narrative sense and is somewhat incomprehensible. The pacing is a little slow, but yet despite all of this, the film manages to build some really good tension. It has some really wild set-pieces and moments, in particular when it comes to the gore department. Throughout the film people get attacked by cats, rats, make shift guillotines, immolated, etc. And, it all leads to a truly awesome climax. In all, a pretty wild and crazy film.
The movie is ultimately as nonsensical as it is beautiful. The colors are even bolder and more in your face than they were in SUSPIRIA. The score by Keith Emerson is pretty exciting, even if the main theme borrows heavily from the classic Jerry Goldsmith score of THE OMEN.
Hell is unleashed on DVD as Blue Underground brings us INFERNO to disc. It’s basically a re-release of the old Anchor Bay disc, but it is a fine re-release, nonetheless. The widescreen presentation of the 1.85:1 aspect ratio of the film looks quite good. It is gorgeous and filled with bright colors that jump of the screen and rich blacks that really capturing the beauty of the film. At times, though, the color is a bit soft. The Dolby Digital sound is great. It is pounding and loud and will rock your sound system, in particular, when the theme hits.
As far as extras go there is the movie’s own trailer and outdated talent bios that end in 2000. It also has a short still gallery of cool, black and white pictures. Finally, there is a short but cool interview with Argento and assistant director Lamberto (DEMONS) Bava. It comes off as very interesting as they discuss the FX (and how they were done), as well as the cast.
The movie comes in a see-through keep case, which on the inside cover, lists the films’ twenty chapters. They can be accessed from the cool menu that pumps the film’s theme. Also, included with the disc is a Fall 2006 catalog for Blue Undergound.
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Review by Giovanni Deldio. All rights Reserved. 2007. ©
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