Voyeuristic Asia Argento Film Headed to DVD, Blu-ray Disc

Film Movement on Sept. 2018 will release on disc Scarlet Diva, a dark, voyeuristic film that marks the directorial debut of Asia Argento.

The 2000 Italian film stars Argento as an actress who experiments with drugs and meets a musician who leaves her lovesick and pregnant.

Newly restored in HD, the film will be released on both Blu-ray Disc (with a suggested retail price of $39.95 and DVD (SRP, $29.95).

Argento is at the center of controversy over allegations that she sexually assaulted a minor in May 2013. Jimmy Bennett says the actress sexually assaulted him in a hotel room in California when he was 17 and the actress was 37. According to The New York Times, Argento agreed to pay $380,000 to Bennett.

Argento, now 42, denies the allegation and maintains the actor is the one who initiated the sexual contact.

Bennett’s attorney, Gordon K. Sattro, told People magazine in a statement, “This situation has escalated due to Asia’s offensive and dismissive interpretation of this situation in whole…. We read this statement as a self-serving and slanderous one which is offensive, not only to my client, but in all likelihood to victims both silent and outspoken, everywhere,” the statement read. “It would seem that Asia is implying that her truth is the actual truth because of her perceived position in this all too important movement and a delusional view of her own importance to it.”

Asia Argento is the daughter of famed Italian horror director Dario Argento, known for such dark classics as Suspiria and The Devil’s Daughter.

In Scarlet Diva, Argento plays Anna Battista, a rising young actress who, despite her popularity and success, experiences despair and degradation at the hands of the film industry. Her journey toward redemption leads her on a sordid spree of excess across America and Europe while trying to recapture her innocence and find true love.

Scarlet Diva has been praised by audiences and critics since its original release. In his New York Times theatrical review, A.O. Scott called the film “weirdly fascinating … curiously moving.” Writing in the Los Angeles Times, Manohla Dargis said Scarlet Diva “has more guts and energy than much of what will open this year.”

Bonus features include two audio commentaries by Argento (from 2002 and 2018), the featurette Looking Into the Eye of the Cyclops with Joe Coleman, a “making of” documentary and an interview with Argento. Discs come packaged with a 20-page commemorative booklet.

Founded in 2002 as one of the first-ever subscription film services with its DVD-of-the-Month club, Film Movement now distributes award-winning independent and foreign films. The New York-based company has released more than 250 feature films and shorts from film festivals worldwide.  Film Movement’s theatrical releases include American independent films, documentaries, and foreign art-house titles.

Its catalog includes titles by directors such as Hirokazu Kore-eda, Maren Ade, Jessica Hausner, Andrei Konchalovsky, Andrzej Wajda, Diane Kurys, Ciro Guerra and Melanie Laurent.

In 2015, Film Movement launched its reissue label Film Movement Classics, featuring new restorations released theatrically as well as on Blu-ray Disc and DVD, including films by such noted directors as Eric Rohmer, Peter Greenaway, Bille August, Marleen Gorris, Takeshi Kitano, Arturo Ripstein, Sergio Corbucci and Ettore Scola.