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Dario Argento’s Opera to make UK Blu-ray debut in January

The horror classic gets a stunning new 2K restoration.

Credit: Cult Films

CultFilms have announced the UK Blu-ray debut for Dario Argento’s horror classic Opera.

Released on Dual-Format Blu-ray and DVD, and VOD on 21st January 2019, Opera has been restored for the new release. The stunning new 2K restoration’s colour regrading was carried out under instruction from Argento in reference to his own, preferred, original cinema print.

When young understudy Betty takes the lead role in a new operatic production of Verdi’s Macbeth, she soon attracts the attention of a knife-wielding psycho who forces her to watch – with eyes pinned open – as he brutally despatches her friends and colleagues with sadistic delight. Can Betty free herself from this unending nightmare or does a more terrifying fate await?

Opera is a ravishing return to the giallo style Argento made his name with, awash with black-gloved killers, lavish bloodletting and the director’s expressionistic Grand Guignol excess.


Credit: CultFilms

The film stars Cristina Marsillach, Ian Charleson (Chariots of Fire) and Daria Nicolodi (Deep Red). It features music by Brian Eno, Bill Wyman, Claudio Simonetti and Maria Callas.

Special features on the release include:

  • ‘Aria of Fear’: a brand new candid interview with director Dario Argento, revisiting his work from a fresh viewpoint
  • ‘Opera Backstage’: a unique behind the scenes documentary about Dario Argento directing Opera
  • Restoration featurette: from raw scan to the regraded, restored and reframed final vision

Opera is available to pre-order from CultFilms at


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