My friends on the other side of the pond often feel unlucky when theatrical releases for highly anticipated films take their sweet time. But now they can feel lucky about one thing. Dario Argento's classic film, Suspiria, will get a UK Blu-ray release January 18, 2010. This exciting news comes courtesy of Nouveaux Pictures and Cine-Excess, who also recently acquired rights to part of Roger Corman's film catalog. The new high def transfer will also be available on DVD.

Special features on the disc include:

--Audio commentary by leading Dario Argento experts Alan Jones and Kim Newman.

--Fear at 400 Degrees: The Cine-Excess of Suspiria--a documentary featuring director Dario Argento and composer Claudio Simonetti

--Suspiria Perspectives--featuring Claudio Simonetti, Norman J. Warren and Patricia McCormack

No audio/video specifications and region coding is known at this time.

In Suspiria, a young American ballet dancer, Suzy Banyon, arrives at a prestigious European dance academy run by the mysterious Madame Blanc and Miss Tanner. After a series of bizarre occurrences, Suzy eventually discovers that the school is merely a front for something far more sinister. The film is the first in the Three Mothers trilogy and is generally regarded as his best work. Don't cut me for saying that Deep Red fans--for me they're both amazing.

With the Suspiria remake set to start shooting in 2010, I'm hoping someone will release a US Blu-ray version around the same time to remind director David Gordon Green why he should stick to films like George Washington and Pineapple Express.

categories Movies, Horror