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Tenebre (1987)

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Commentary 1: Director Dario Argento, composer Claudio Simonetti, and jounalist Loris Curci Rating:5.2/10 (5 votes) [graph]Login to vote or review
Reviewed by Bavafreak on March 6th, 2007:Find all reviews by Bavafreak
I can remember the excitement with which I approached this commentary, back when it was first featured on the Roan Group laser disc. Alas, the anticipation was subsequently spoiled by the commentary itself. Writer/director Dario Argento is never terribly comfortable talking about his films, and his resistance towards dissecting or analyzing his work manifests itself as ineffectual moderator Loris Curci tries, to no avail, to get him to get into specifics. Most detrimentally, the decision was made to record Argento speaking in English sooner than allowing him to speak in Italian with the benefit of English subtitles or an English translator. The result is something of a mess: Argento struggles to find the right words and seems to get disgusted at different points. The end result gives no real insight into the film or its peculiar "modern" style. It's up to co-commentator Claudio Simonetti (who cowrote the film's striking electronic soundtrack) to pick up the slack, and mercifully he's more enthusiastic and relaxed with the language. It's certainly not one of the worst commentaries I've heard, but between this and Argento's commentary on Phenomena, it's easy to see why he's steered clear of the format ever since.
Reviewed by johnny6666 on August 17th, 2010:Find all reviews by johnny6666
Tenebre was released in 1982, not 1987.
Reviewed by Derp_Diggler on July 31st, 2015:Find all reviews by Derp_Diggler
I don't think this commentary is as bad as some are saying. Sure, it can be a bit much with Argento and Simonetti's heavy accent and their lack of any kind of English articulation, but that's part of this track's charm. It is nice that there is a moderator to ask questions, get discussion going, and give valuable info that the two either pass up or forget about.

Argento talks about his inspiration for the story, along with his displeasure of the heavy editing of his films for American audiences. Simonetti chimes in every once in a while to talk about music cues or just to give details about the production of the soundtrack.

A very funny moment is in the end credits when the two men talk in disgust about the horrid pop song that plays in the original US version (which was changed for the dvd release to the Tenebre theme).

Overall, an interesting track. Not the most entertaining, but worth a listen if you're a fan of Argento. I give it a 7/10