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Bird with the Crystal Plumage, The Comparison 
Written by: on October 16th, 2005

Theatrical Release Date: Italy, February 19th, 1970
Director: Dario Argento
Writers: Dario Argento, Fredric Brown, Bryan Edgar Wallace
Cast: Tony Musante, Suzy Kendall, Enrico Maria Salerno, Eva Renzi

DVD released: 2003 2005
Approximate running time: 92m45s 96m24s
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen 2.35:1 Anamorphic Widescreen
Rating: NR NR
Sound: Dolby Digital 5.1 and Mono Italian with English subtitles and Dolby Digital Mono English DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Mono English and Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Mono Italian with English subtitles
DVD Release: Medusa Home Video Blue Underground
Region Coding: Region 2 PAL (Italy) Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $31.95 $29.95

Medusa Home Video’s Region 2 DVD
Blue Underground’s Region 0 DVD
 
Medusa Home Video’s Region 2 DVD

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Blue Underground’s Region 0 DVD

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The Film :

Sam Dalmas (Tony Musante) an American writer witness the attempted murder of wealthy socialite Monica Ranieri (Eva Renzi). Dalmas and his girlfriend Julia (Suzy Kendall) are all set to return to America. When the police who have run out of leads confiscate Dalmas’s passport and force him to help in their investigation. Dalmas decides to help the police in hopes of speeding up his departure from Rome. Can Dalmas uncover the truth before the killer silences him forever?

Video:

Both releases present The Bird with the Crystal Plumage in an anamorphic widescreen that preserves the films original 2.35:1 aspect ratio. Both releases exhibit vivid colors and exceptional detail. There are not any distinct differences between the two releases quality wise and looking at them side by side it looks like they both came from the same source.

Audio:

Medusa release includes the following audio options Dolby Digital 5.1 and Mono Italian with English subtitles and Dolby Digital Mono English. Blue Underground’s release includes the following audio options DTS, Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Mono English and Dolby Digital 5.1, Dolby Digital Stereo, Dolby Digital Mono Italian with English subtitles. Overall there is not much difference in the quality of the mixes between the two releases as they both are free of any distortion or audio defects.

Extras:

Extras for the Medusa release include cast and crew bios in Italian and a still gallery. Extras for the Blue underground release include the International English language trailer, Italian language trailer, two T.V. spots, an audio commentary with Argento biographer Alan Jones and journalist Kim Newman and four interviews Dario Argento, Cinematographer Vittorio Storaro, composer Ennio Morricone and actress Eva Renzi.

Overall:

Blue Underground for their release make the claim that newly discovered footage is in their version that has never been in any other DVD version before. So what is this newly discovered footage that Blue Underground has found?  To say what has exactly been restored is virtually impossible since it appears that the new footage is nothing more a few frames here and there. Both releases come with first rate audio/video presentations with the edge going to the Blue Underground releases with is loaded with extras.

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