Suspiria appears in an aspect ratio of approximately 1.85:1 on this Blu-ray Disc. The movie came with a fairly good presentation.
For the most part, sharpness appeared positive. Interiors tended to be a little on the soft side, but the film’s overall impact remained accurate and concise. I saw no jagged edges or moiré effects, and the image lacked both edge haloes and print flaws.
Given the movie’s tone, I felt unsurprised by its low-key palette. The film emphasized muted teals and oranges, all of which looked appropriate for the design choices.
Blacks were fairly dark and dense, while shadows seemed more than acceptable. Low-light shots could be a bit murky, but not to an extreme. All of this led to a generally pleasing image.
As for the film’s Dolby Atmos soundtrack, it also suited the film. Downconverted to Dolby TrueHD 7.1, the mix provided a consistently atmospheric auditory experience.
This meant an emphasis on eerie music and general environmental information. The movie’s nearly omnipresent rain offered the most direct involvement, but the majority of the mix focused on ominous ambience.
In that regard, it fared well. Though we didn’t get much material that stood out as memorable, the track used the channels in a creepy, disturbing manner that helped add impact to the movie.
Audio quality seemed fine. Speech remained natural and concise, while effects displayed nice accuracy.
Music was full and offered the necessary spookiness. This ended up as a satisfactory soundtrack.
Three featurettes appear here, and we start with The Making of Suspiria. It runs three minutes, 56 seconds and includes notes from director Luca Guadagnino, Mia Goth, Dakota Johnson, and Renée Soutendijk.
“Making” looks at story, characters and themes, cast and performances. A few minor notes emerge but most of “Making” feels promotional.
The Secret Language of Dance lasts four minutes, 13 seconds and features Johnson, Goth and choreographer Damien Jalet. As expected, “Language” examines some of the film’s dance sequences. It’s short but reasonably informative.
Finally, The Transformations of Suspiria fills four minutes, 27 seconds with comments from prostethics artist Mark Coulier. He gives us some notes about the movie’s effects and creates a pretty useful chat.
The disc opens with ads for You Were Never Really Here, Beautiful Boy and Cold War. No trailer for Suspiria appears here.
Suspiria tries desperately to create an impactful horror tale. Instead, it becomes absurd and campy, with little more than a series of grotesque images to make a dent. The Blu-ray brings generally positive picture and audio but it lacks substantial supplements. Long and pointless, Suspiria becomes a tough film to endure.