STENDHAL SYNDROME [La Sindrome di
Asia Argento, Thomas Kretchmann, Marco Leonardi
A young police detective afflicted by a
rare psychiatric disorder hunts for a serial killer.
1996 movie was initially released in the UK (in May 1999) on DVD by
Marquee Pictures in an uncut version, which ran for 113’30”. The
film’s original distributors, Guild Pathe submitted the film to the BBFC
for video classification in a version that had already been cut by almost
three minutes. The BBFC passed this version “uncut”, (i.e. they made
no cuts of their own), and lists its authorised running time as
110’42”. The uncut UK disc was withdrawn, and reissued with the Guild
Pathe cuts. Copies of the uncut version have black and white disc artwork.
The reissue had colour disc art, but this in itself will not guarantee
that a particular disc is uncut. Copies of the uncut disc are
collector’s items, even though the disc has now been superseded by an
uncut American (Region 0) version, which offers a mildly letterboxed
transfer (at 1.66:1), and a bunch of interview clips.
The disc itself is crudely presented, by a
company obviously not terribly experienced in DVD authoring. The picture
is full-frame only, and is of below-average quality, (a poor film-to-video
transfer rather than poor DVD authoring would seem to be the problem). The
sound is in digital stereo, in English, but lacks gloss. Guild’s tape
version was in mono, but in a mild widescreen ratio of about 1.75:1. There
are chapter markers on the disc, but no accompanying listing, and the
“autobiography” option turns out to be a single page of text
describing the plot.