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Caligula [Blu-ray + DVD] [1979] [Region Free]

Malcolm McDowell , Helen Mirren    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)

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Product details

  • Actors: Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, Teresa Ann Savoy
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Arrow Video
  • DVD Release Date: 10 May 2010
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (118 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0038AL7LA
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 51,375 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Product Description

The complete, uncut version of the incredible sexual epic that may be the most controversial film of all time. Astounding decadence, uncensored sex and explicit violence meet in this kinky look at the reign of Caligula, depraved ruler of Rome. Malcolm McDowell, John Gielgud, Peter O'Toole and Helen Mirren star along with a bevy of wild and willing newcomers in this Bob Guccione-Penthouse production.

One of the most notorious films in cinematic history is now totally UNCUT in full HD glory. The most controversial film of all time now available in this spectacular 2 disc Blu-Ray edition

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The Guardian

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Arrow

"It's often the smaller-funded labels that do the best work. Arrow has released marvellous discs of many of cinema's classics, such as Bicycle Thieves, Rififi and Les Diaboliques, but it's for their horror releases that they truly excel. The more respectable directors like George A Romero and Dario Argento get their due here, but Arrow also pull out all the stops for such (unfairly) lesser regarded Gore-teurs as Lucio Fulci and Frank Henenlotter. Blu-rays of Fulci classics The Beyond and City Of The Living Dead show that the films are far more atmospheric and better made than they ever appeared before, and for Henenlotter (with the imminent Frankenhooker disc) you get extensive extras that cover the rarely examined scene of low-budget New York film-makers and the lost grindhouses of Times Square and 42nd Street."

--The Guardian


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164 of 167 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The most controversial film ever made ? 25 Mar 2008
Format:DVD
It's very rare to see a version of Caligula in this country above 90 minutes. This is the complete and uncensored version - a Dutch import, but it plays in English. This version does contain hardcore sex, sometimes carelessly inserted into the finished movie as it was. Young Italian director Tinto Brass's original vision was to be shattered, forcing him to withdraw his name from the movie. Producer Bob Guccione fired Brass for over-filming and running up huge costs from filming beyond what was financially acceptable. Guccione then took control of the film, and assisted by Giancarlo Lui later sneaked back onto the set and shot 6 minutes of hardcore sex which was later edited into the film. Lui re-cut, re-edited and changed parts of Gore Vidal's script to fashion what is possibly the most expensive porn film ever made, which bore little resembalance to Tinto Brass's original vision.

Despite the troubled production, Caligula could be looked at as a masterpiece of cinema, for various reasons. It's a wonder it ever got released at all. Still it maintains its power to shock and repulse - the power of cinema has never been so evident as what it is here. Caligula has beautiful lavish sets, semi-beautiful photography, a stunning classic score, epic orgy scenes, and superb performances from British thespians Malcolm McDowell, Sir John Gielgud, Peter O'Toole and Helen Mirren. McDowell and O'Toole are particularly outstanding in their performances, and none of the 'thesps' take part, or appear in any of the sexually explicit hardcore scenes. Thank goodness.

If you haven't ever watched Caligula and you're not easily offended then subject yourself to this version. If you have seen the film, watch it again because it still remains to be seen, and deserves a place in the 21st Century.
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166 of 175 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Uncut? Or Unfettered? 21 Aug 2008
By Brady Orme VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
Ah, "Caligula"... Is it Hardcore drivel, or a highbrow masterpiece on a level with "I, Claudius"? (With Hardcore drivel inserted, of course). Whatever your opinion, it can only be surmised that all participants hadn't a clue what they were getting themselves into. The director(s), the actors, even the editors seem like innocents here; and the story behind it is one that can hardly be believed, in the context of the modern esteem "period" works are held.

Bob Guccione, Penthouse Scion and overall Peddler of Smut had dreams of producing something that would survive the ages and be held as a work of high regard (with hardcore bits in it). Hence, erotic director Tinto Brass was hired for the job - and somehow Guccione and Brass persuaded some of the greatest British Thesps of the period to sign on to acting in it. How? simple. NONE of them had any idea of what they had gotten themselves into. Had Brass been given Final Cut them perhaps their sensibilites wouldn't have been too scorched, but Guccione, horrified with the film that Brass had presented, locked the poor hack out of the editing room, re-cut the film with a blunt instrument (resembling a dirty spoon, most probably) and added many hardcore inserts. Hence, a Legend was born - a near-pornographic epic with John Gielgud in it. Only in America...

Over the years, the film has been presented in many truncated forms; in 1979 the BBFC massively cut the film down to 1 Hour 42 minutes from it's original 2 Hours 36 minutes. But now, for the first time in this country we can see the full film in all it's (smutty) glory.
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Imperial Edition 23 Aug 2008
By Ian Armer VINE VOICE
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
You cannot defend 'Caligula'. It is a monstrous epic of over excess in almost every way possible. Useless porn spliced into an already labyrinthine production, oppulent sets, brilliant ideas, twisted imagery, crazed camerawork, hysteria and madness. It's closest cousin - bizarrely - is Gibson's 'Passion' in the sense of it being a film you admire for its balls, but don't necessarily approve of. And yet, 'Caligula' is fascinating. Perverse for all the wrong reasons and yet - genuinely - bordering of maniacal, bloody insane genius. The fact that it fails so magnificently is fitting for the production. A weak-kneed, boring film would have been a disaster. Okay, 'Caligula' might veer towards boring in some places (usually involving the 'Penthouse pets') but it is also the stuff of cinematic legend, graced with some of the finest British actors of the time.

This version is similar to the US 'Imperial Edition' except you have an extra disc (and I presume it is the cut to pieces version, which is going to stay in the box and never see the light of day). Like the 'Imperial Edition' you get the full, uncensored version (with lots of hardcore porn - working in the boat orgy and in the pleasure palace of Tberius, but nowhere else) and a rough edit with different and extended takes and really badly filmed inserts of softcore porn, shot on a different film stock. This cut on the US disc has 2 commentaries by Malcolm McDowell and Helen Mirren. The track with McDowell is an absolute blast.

The disc of extras has various documentaries and interviews that veer from genuinely interesting to late 70's promotional blag.
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3.0 out of 5 stars unsettling hotchpotch
I am interested in film as a medium, and specifically the 70's due to the risks that film makers were taking, at the end of the holywood studio system directers and financiers were... Read more
Published 6 days ago by Matt
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
It's completely preposterous; but the over-the-top acting, bombastic score and high production values make it a must-see..
Published 8 days ago by MR NEIL MORRISON
1.0 out of 5 stars Worst film Ever!
So boring my partner and I turned off after 20 minuets.
Published 10 days ago by montigue
5.0 out of 5 stars A+
Great
Published 11 days ago by Gordon Sherrard
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
did not like to for postage when it free on play
Published 26 days ago by mrs c salmon
3.0 out of 5 stars Most disturbing film ever!!!
I have to say out of all the three discs I've watched I prefer the Alternative version over the X-Rated one any day!! Read more
Published 1 month ago by JMM
5.0 out of 5 stars excellent
In the unlikely event of displeasure in some way at a future product received, i believe I have rwo options.
Published 2 months ago by john p stewart
4.0 out of 5 stars Not bad
If you want your debauchery mixed with sex and foul language, this is your go. IMO, there is not enough sex, and what sex there is, is censored. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Scott K
1.0 out of 5 stars DVD Caligula
This DVD would not play right through even though we tried it on 4 different players. I have returned it and got a complete refund.
Published 4 months ago by Avril Charlton
5.0 out of 5 stars oldie but goodie
Remember watching this when I was younger, but still a good story. Puts 50 shades of grey in the 'shade'
Published 4 months ago by Tracy Hindle
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