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Thread: Synapse Films Releasing Argento's Suspiria

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex K. View Post
    Not to be a contrarian fuck but I think I'll stick with my fandub that has the Anchor Bay transfer and the original Laserdisk audio. It's really stunning when you watch the film with the original intended audio. It's a night and day difference. Bill Lustig apparently didn't notice that...

    But not a big fan of Suspiria. I think the soundtrack is way better than the film. It does have some fine imagery but my favorite Argento pictures will always be Tenebre and Phenomena.
    You're not alone. I watched the Anchor Bay DVD and thought "that was pretty", but the story didn't do much for me. I hoping for more on an HD revisit. I didn't care for INFERNO either. TENEBRE and DEEP RED blew me away.

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    Suspiria never really grabbed me either. I'm hoping a nice flashy HD transfer will let me lose myself in all the colours and the imagery, but it might just be one of those films that doesn't do it for me.

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    I saw this thread was active, and my first thought was OK SYNAPSE TAKE MY MONEY!

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    "It will happen, as soon as we work through it. The negative is in poor shape, with tons of dirt, splices, fingerprints, etc. SUSPIRIA has been THE most stressful, difficult, and frustrating transfer of my 25 year career."

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex K. View Post
    Not to be a contrarian fuck but I think I'll stick with my fandub that has the Anchor Bay transfer and the original Laserdisk audio. It's really stunning when you watch the film with the original intended audio. It's a night and day difference. Bill Lustig apparently didn't notice that...
    I've never heard this before. Why is the laserdisc audio superior and how is the DVD audio screwed up?

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    already got Suspiria on blu ray, had it for years, paid $14 for it, looks great, I'd get the Synapse one it if wasn't going to be an insane price, but what they are doing with their insane pricing of $45 now for some of their blu rays is unaffordable for me. I mean for 1 movie that is too much< I could afford it I mean, but I'm not going to. I'll pick up a DVD or something else instead, the max I will go for a blu ray is $25 anymore than that and someone else can buy it, but not me.

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    I know there was talk back when the first DVD came out that the 5.1 mix was missing some music+dialogue compared to the original 4 channel mix from the LD. Also, the music in the film is supposed to be much higher than the sound effects, but the DVD kind of fucked that up too. Not sure if all later editions of Suspiria use this new 5.1 mix, and have never owned the LD, but do recall my old VHS had a soundtrack that was mixed differently from the newer editions. Not heard anything about the Synapse either, hopefully they can include original audio as well as the new remix.
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    I know Anchor Bay had sort of a history for messing with original sound mixes (like QUATERMASS AND THE PIT having no mono option) so that doesn't really surprise me regarding SUSPIRIA. I have faith in Synapse; they'll most likely have different sound mixes to choose from on their edition.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Matt H. View Post
    I've never heard this before. Why is the laserdisc audio superior and how is the DVD audio screwed up?
    Just saw your post. The soundmix on the Laserdisc is entirely different from the Anchor Bay release. This is not hyperbole, it is a complete 180, day and night difference. I don't know if anyone's made a comparison video or anything but the difference is pretty astonishing.

    For example; the first 10 minutes of the film has the Goblin score BLARING in the Laserdisc version. And I'm not saying it's simply over loud as you can still hear dialog perfectly fine.

    The piece Sighs is very loud during the scene where the girl is in the bathroom talking to her friend.



    The whispers and shit is very loud as the two talk just before the window bursts open and the witches do their thing. The rip I'm talking about is on Cinemageddon by the way.

    I mean, it's not just one scene, the Goblin music and cue's are severely lower throughout the entire film in the Anchor Bay version. To a point where you can just barely hear the music in many scenes unless you have the volume blasting. It's just amazing that no one at Anchor Bay noticed.
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    Is it a given that the laserdisk audio is correct? I first saw this by British VHS which had the louder soundtrack. When I got it on DVD- originally the British DVD then ABs- it had the quieter music cues. I did miss the VHS audio at first but have to admit ABs sounds much more natural. But even if the music levels are incorrect in the AB they were certainly not the first to do it that way as the British DVD came a good while beforehand.
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