Blu-ray, DVD Release: Fellini Satyricon

Blu-ray and DVD Release Date: Feb. 25, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion

Federico Fellini’s (La Dolce Vita) career achieved new levels of eccentricity and brilliance with 1969’s Fellini Satyricon, a remarkable, controversial, extremely loose adaptation of Petronius’s classical Roman satire, written during the reign of Nero.

ep41-satyricon_optAn episodic barrage of sexual licentiousness, godless violence, and eye-catching grotesquerie, the uniquely fantastical history-drama Fellini Satyricon follows the exploits of two pan-sexual young men—the handsome scholar Encolpius and his vulgar, insatiably lusty friend Ascyltus—as they move through a landscape of free-form pagan excess.

Creating apparent chaos with exquisite control, Fellini constructs a weird old world that feels like science fiction.

Criterion’s Blu-ray and DVD editions of Fellini Satyricon are presented in Italian with English subtitles and include the following features:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • Audio commentary featuring an adaptation of Eileen Lanouette Hughes’s memoir On the Set of “Fellini Satyricon”: A Behind-the-Scenes Diary
    • Ciao, Federico!, Gideon Bachmann’s hour-long documentary shot on the set of Fellini Satyricon
    • Archival interviews with director Federico Fellini
    • New interview with cinematographer Giuseppe Rotunno
    • New documentary about Fellini’s adaptation of Petronius’s work, featuring interviews with classicists Luca Canali, a consultant on the film, and Joanna Paul
    • New interview with photographer Mary Ellen Mark about her experiences on the set and her iconic photographs of Fellini and his film
    • Felliniana, a presentation of Fellini Satyricon ephemera from the collection of Don Young
    • Trailer
    • New English subtitle translation
    • An essay by film critic Michael Wood
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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.