Video. Far from perfect, there is a lot of artifacting, especially in the dark scenes. However, it looks considerably better than the release from Medusa in Italy, which I imported a few years back — the colors are much sharper and there is better contrast. At the time, it was considered the best representation of the film available. It is presented in a ratio of 1.66:1 and is anamorphically enhanced.
Audio. The sound is presented in Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0, I listened to the 5.1 track, primarily, with a couple excursions to the 2.0. The 5.1 is clearly the way to go, it has a nice full sound field that works well to the films surreal atmosphere.
Extras. I would have liked more, but I should be happy for what we get.
--Death is Beautiful. This featurette includes interviews with Michele Soavi, Sergio Stivaletti, Anna Falchi, and Gianni Romoli. It is interesting, but barely scratches the surface of the production. There are some interesting bits about how the project came together, and a few on-set stories. This runs for nearly 30 minutes. From the subtitling, I get the impression that a lot of what was said was left out.
--Theatrical Trailer (in Italian). This has some good scenes, but I think it gives way too much away.
--Michele Soavi Bio. A text biography concerning his career.
Bottomline. This movie is brilliant. It works on so many levels, you can mine it for meaning, or be taken on the grisly ride, or take a route somewhere in between. This is a wonderful film that hits all the right chords with this viewer. If we could only get more bizarre films like this.