Blu-ray, DVD Release: Medea

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Dec. 6, 2011
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray $39.98
Studio: Entertainment One


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Maria Callas stars in Pier Pasolini's 1969 film adaptation of Medea.

In her only film role, legendary opera singer Maria Callas stars in Pier Paolo Pasolini’s (Salò) 1969 film adaptation of Euripedes’ Greek tragedy Medea.

Okay, so Ms. Callas doesn’t actually sing in the movie, but you can’t have everything!

Medea tells the tale of Jason (Giuseppe Gentile), the leader of the invincible army of Argonaut, and his quest for the Golden Fleece. Meeting Medea (Callas) the priestess of the Flees, Jason falls in love with her and takes her home as she sacrifices everything to be with him, including dismembering her own brother. Years later, he spurns her for a new love, the young and beautiful Glauce (Margareth Clementi). Medea, using her powers of witchcraft, exacts a terrible revenge upon Jason leading to a terrifying climax where loyalty and betrayal are tried before the altar of human sacrifice.

The classic foreign-language film was released on a limited basis to U.S. theaters in 1969 to critical acclaim.

Presented in Italian with English subtitles, the DVD and Blu-ray include a short documentary on the life and career of the late Callas as a bonus feature.

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