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Synapse gets SUSPIRIA for the U.S. and the negatives are going to Technicolor for a new 2K scan

post #1 of 13
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Finally! I have been hoping for this for some time. First he snagged TENEBRAE and now the Holy Grail of Argento flicks... SUSPIRIA.

Now if he could only somehow get DEEP RED under Synapse I'd be fully and completely content.

From Don May Jr's. FACEBOOK page:

SYNAPSE FILMS, INC. LICENSES “SUSPIRIA”, ONE OF THE MOST ACCLAIMED HORROR FILMS OF ALL TIME, FOR DVD, BLU-RAY AND FUTURE OPTICAL MEDIA.

ROMULUS, MI – Synapse Films, Inc. has acquired the North American home-video rights to the 1977 classic horror film SUSPIRIA, directed by Italian horror master Dario Argento. Described as “one of the scariest films of all time” by Entertainment Weekly, SUSPIRIA stars the beautiful Jessica Harper as a young girl caught up in a coven of witches controlling a German dance academy.

“I’ve been involved in the restoration and release of many films in my career, but SUSPIRIA has always eluded me, until now,” says Donald May, Jr., President of Synapse Films. “It’s one of my favorite horror films and I’m ecstatic that my business partner, Jerry Chandler, was able to negotiate with the rights holders to release this film. This is going to be an amazing project for us.”

Synapse Films, Inc. will work closely with Technicolor Rome and Technicolor Los Angeles to create an all-new high-definition 2K scan from the original negative for a possible 2014-15 video release. “It’s important to spend as much time as possible to create the definitive high-definition home video version for the fans,” May explains. “We’re going to take our time with this one.”

Synapse Films, Inc. is currently planning the extensive work on SUSPIRIA in conjunction with Technicolor, utilizing both their Rome and Hollywood facilities. The film scanning will be coordinated and supervised by Technicolor Hollywood’s Director of Restoration Services, Tom Burton, whose film restoration credits include Ridley Scott’s BLADE RUNNER, Georges Méliès’ A TRIP TO THE MOON and BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S.

Final specifications, retail pricing, and extras for the Synapse Films release of SUSPIRIA will be announced closer to the as yet to be determined release date.
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post #3 of 13
Exciting news, prior releases on Blu-ray have been a mixed bag.
post #4 of 13
It's interesting Synapse isn't going for a 4k scan to future-proof for any high(er) def release at some point.
post #5 of 13
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Originally Posted by Partyslammer View Post

It's interesting Synapse isn't going for a 4k scan to future-proof for any high(er) def release at some point.
I've heard it's still a possibility, if they can get the funding for it.
post #6 of 13
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The cost is astronomical. They do not have the funding for that sort of thing. Their profit margin is razor thin.
post #7 of 13
Just how much does it cost? I've never heard a concrete number on the cost of a scan. 50K? 100K? 500K? I can't imagine it could cost more than that...
post #8 of 13
I think it depends on which company they go to for the scan, this post seems to suggest that the price can vary drastically between companies.

I wonder if Kickstarter would be viable at all to provide extra funds for a 4K job? There's an awful lot of Suspiria fans out there who wouldn't mind chiming in I bet! It would be the first Kickstarter I'd ever be interested in!
post #9 of 13
I've been waiting for Suspiria on Blu-Ray too!

While I feel the film starts to peter out a bit as it goes on, the opening 10 minutes or so is like a definitive show-case in "setting the mood" for a creepy movie.
post #10 of 13
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Originally Posted by Shingster View Post

I think it depends on which company they go to for the scan, this post seems to suggest that the price can vary drastically between companies.

I wonder if Kickstarter would be viable at all to provide extra funds for a 4K job? There's an awful lot of Suspiria fans out there who wouldn't mind chiming in I bet! It would be the first Kickstarter I'd ever be interested in!

Blue Underground does 4K scans on niche titles all the time, so it must be pretty economical at this point.
post #11 of 13
Yeah it seems the cheaper companies charge $1.49 per foot of film and the actual poster in that link I posted was charging 3.5nickels per frame, so I think a film like Suspiria would cost somewhere in the vicinity of $15-$20,000. The big question is whether a scan is just a scan and the quality is always in the same ballpark regardless of the company you go with.

But say it costs them $30,000 and Synapse don't have all the money, I bet they'd have a good chance of raising the rest of the funds with a Kickstarter scheme asking for relatively minor contributions of $5-$20.
post #12 of 13
Scanning isn't the only thing that needs doing. It has to be color graded, perhaps some manual dust busting and damage repair, you'd probably want to make preservation elements, etc. Then there's logistics, like transporting and handling irreplacable material. All that must to be factored in as well.
post #13 of 13
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People, please remember WHERE the work is being done. Different facilities cost different amounts of money due to who they are and the level of work they do. Read the press release. Thisis going to be done right.

And yes, I think a Kickstarter campaign or perhaps an IndieGogo would work. Good idea.
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