New Release: Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Blu-ray

Release Date: Oct. 4, 2011
Price: Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

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The extremes of Fascism are disurbingly explored in Pasolini's 1975 Salò.

The notorious final movie from Italy’s controversial filmmaker Pier Paolo Pasolini (La Rabbia), 1975’s Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom, has been described by critics as nauseating, shocking, depraved and pornographic, but many also consider it to be a masterpiece.

Pasolini’s transposition of the Marquis de Sade’s 18th century opus of torture and degradation to Fascist Italy remains one of the poet/novelist/filmmaker’s most passionately debated works.

Presented in Italian with English subtitles, the drama-thriller focuses on four wealthy and corrupt fascist libertines who kidnap a group of teenage boys and girls and subject them to four months of extreme violence, sadism and sexual and mental torture following the fall of Mussolini’s Italy in 1944.

Criterion’s Blu-ray of the movie offers a high definition digital restoration with an uncompressed monaural soundtrack and includes the following bonus features (all of which appeared on Criterion’s previously released DVD edition):

  • Salò”: Yesterday and Today, a 33-minute 2002 documentary featuring interviews with director Pier Paolo Pasolini, actor-filmmaker Jean-Claude Biette and Pasolini friend Ninetto Davoli
  • Fade to Black, a 23-minute 2001 documentary featuring directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat and John Maybury, as well as scholar David Forgacs
  • The End of “Salò,” a 40-minute documentary about the film’s production
  • video interviews with set designer Dante Ferretti and director and film scholar Jean-Pierre Gorin
  • optional English-dubbed soundtrack
  • theatrical trailer
  • booklet featuring essays by Neil Bartlett, Breillat, Naomi Greene, Sam Rohdie, Roberto Chiesi and Gary Indiana and excerpts from Gideon Bachmann’s on-set diary


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