Profondo Rosso is a 1975 horror film, dvd and Blu-ray are set for release on April 26, 2011. The film is directed and written by Dario Argento and stars: David Hemmings as Marcus Daly, Daria Nicolodi as Gianna Brezzi, Gabriele Lavia as Carlo, Macha Méril as Helga Ulmann, Eros Pagni as Supt. Calcabrini, Giuliana Calandra as Amanda Righetti, Piero Mazzinghi as Bardi, Glauco Mauri as Prof. Giordani, Clara Calamai as Martha, Aldo Bonamano as Carlo's father, Liana Del Balzo as Elvira, Vittorio Fanfoni as Cop taking notes, Dante Fioretti as Police photographer, Geraldine Hooper as Massimo Ricci, Jacopo Mariani as Young Carlo (as Iacopo Mariani) and Nicoletta Elmi as Olga.

Plot: Profondo Rosso follows music teacher Marcus Daly (Hemmings) as he investigates the violent murder of psychic medium Helga Ulmann (Macha Meril), which he witnesses in an apartment building. Other major characters are introduced early, including Daly’s gay friend Carlo (Gabriele Lavia), Ulmann’s associate Dr. Giordani (Glauco Mauri) and reporter Gianna Brezzi (Daria Nicolodi), with whom Daly begins an affair.

After his attempt to rescue the medium fails, Daly realises he could have seen the killer’s face among a group of portraits on the wall of the victim’s apartment but is unable to find or recognize it when the police arrive. Later in the film, he also initially overlooks another clue that causes him to discover a mouldering corpse walled up in a derelict house. In typical Argento fashion, one murder leads to a series of others as Daly’s obsession with this vital clue that he fails to understand endangers his life and that of everyone with whom he comes into contact.


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The killing of Helga Ulmann is prefaced by a child’s doggerel tune, the same music that accompanies the film’s opening sequence in which two shadowy figures struggle until one of them is stabbed to death. The music serves as the murderer’s calling card. When Daly hears it in his own apartment soon after becoming involved in the case he is able to foil his attacker. Later, he plays the tune to Giordani, a psychiatrist, who theorizes that the music is important because it probably played an integral part in a traumatic event in the killer's past. The doctor’s theory is of course correct, as the identity of the killer is finally revealed as Carlo’s insane mother Martha (Clara Calamai). When Carlo was still a child, he watched as she murdered her husband when he tried to have her committed to a mental hospital, then entomb his body in a room of their house. Daly’s discovery of the corpse is one of the film’s most dramatic moments.

In the climax, Martha confronts Marcus and tries to kill him. Wielding a butchering knife, Martha chases him around the complex and into a room with an elevator. Marcus is stabbed in the shoulder by the knife, and kicks Martha toward the elevator shaft. A long necklace she wears catches in the bars of the shaft, and she is decapitated when Daly summons the lift. The film ends with Daly staring into the resultant pool of blood.

Bonus materials:

•Interviews with Co-Writer/Director Dario Argento, Co-Writer Bernardino Zapponi and Goblin (Claudio Simonetti, Massimo Morante, Fabio Pignatelli & Agostino Marangolo)

•U.S. Trailer

•Italian Trailer

•Goblin Music Video – "Profondo Rosso" (2010)

•Daemonia Music Video – "Profondo Rosso" (Directed by Sergio Stivaletti)

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