Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom

It’s back! Pier Paolo Pasolini’s notorious final film, Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, has been called nauseating, shocking, depraved, pornographic . . . it s also a masterpiece. The controversial poet, novelist, and filmmaker’s transposition of the Marquis de Sade's 18th-century opus of torture and degradation to 1944 Fascist Italy remains one of the most passionately debated films of all time, a thought-provoking inquiry into the political, social, and sexual dynamics that define the world we live in.

Click HERE to order, if you dare...


New, restored high-definition digital transfer

The End of Salò, a 40-minute documentary about the film’s final scene

Salò: Yesterday and Today, a 35-minute documentary featuring interviews with Pier Paolo Pasolini, actor-filmmaker Jean-Claude Biette, and Pasolini s friend Nineto Davoli

Fade to Black, a new short documentary about Salò, featuring interviews with filmmakers Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, and John Maybury

New interviews with set designer Dante Ferretti and filmmaker/film scholar Jean-Pierre Gorin

Optional English-dubbed soundtrack

Theatrical trailer

Optional English subtitles

PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by Neil Bartlett, Roberto Chiesi, Naomi Greene, Gary Indiana, and Sam Rohdie, and excerpts from Gideon Bachman s on-set diary.


Eric said...

Love it, or hate it- this mutha is STRONG! The interviews in the supplements help to demystify it a little. Really cool to see Pasolini directing the actors as well. The clean transfer is nice, but man, ida know how clean this grimy sumbitch should look!

silvano said...

Altough at the times I was just a child I remember very well the controversy following this movie release ; sure not for delicate people or the faint of heart , perhaps not everyone knows that members of the current Italian parliament were members of the fascit militia of the real Salò republic ...

Anonymous said...

I have seen this movie through several media through the years. I first saw it on a rented VCR in rather poor quality. I then bought the BFI Region 2 edition (the original Criterion edition was at that timeselling for hundreds of dollars, as it was discontinued for a time by Criterion). Although the image quality was not the best, it was the most complete edition of the film (it contains a 25 second reading of a German poem by the Duke just before the wedding scene). I also bought the French Gaumont edition (Region 2): although it did not contain the 25 second poetry reading,and it was only in French and Italian with no English subtitles, the image quality was the best so far. I have bought the new Criterion edition, and the 25 second poetry scene is not there, although the image quality is excellent. I just pre-ordered the new BFI edition from Amazon-UK. It is in Blu Ray, should contain the 25 second poetry reading (the old BFI edition did), and should have the best image quality of all editions, and it is also Region-free, so can be played on all US Blu Ray players.

Tenebrous Kate said...

DAMN! So my retirement scheme that involved hoarding all of the original Criterion copies of "Salo," the most VALUABLE DVD IN THE WORLD, is RUINED!

I guess it's a good thing I didn't actually put that plan into motion by *purchasing* any of the original pressing DVD...

Definitely need to take a gander at this version--it sounds like a really impressive amount of work and research went into this release!

Pierre Fournier said...

Not to mention a brilliant cover.

buzz said...

I saw this years ago at a revival house screening in L.A. Hard core punks walked out in mid-screening, shocked and outraged at what they had seen.

It can not be stated strongly enough: This Film Is NOT For Everyone.