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Medea (DVD + Blu-ray) [1969]

Maria Callas , Pier Paolo Pasolini    Suitable for 12 years and over   DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
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Product details

  • Actors: Maria Callas
  • Directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 12
  • Studio: BFI Video
  • DVD Release Date: 5 Dec 2011
  • Run Time: 111 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005R33OVC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 20,974 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A film by Pier Paolo Pasolini

A mythical tale of love, betrayal and revenge, Medea is a fascinating collision of Freudian and Marxist themes from Italy's most controversial director, Pier Paolo Pasolini. Adapted from the Euripidean drama, Pasolini's disturbing vision of personal and national conflicts stars opera legend Maria Callas in the title role, offering an extraordinary performance as the high priestess Medea whose love is threatened by corrupt political ambition. Medea is a complex blend of classical mythology and contemporary social criticism.

Special features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Newly-restored audio with the voice of Maria Callas
  • Optional original Italian audio
  • Optional English audio
  • Original Italian trailer (3 mins)
  • English-language teaser spot (1 min)
  • International release elements (2 mins, DVD only)
  • Illustrated booklet featuring essays, reviews and biography

Italy, France, Germany | 1970 | colour | Italian language, with optional English subtitles | 111 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.85:1

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono 2.0 audio (48k/16-bit)
Disc 2:DVD5 | PAL | Dolby Digital mono 2.0 audio (320kbps)

Region 2 DVD
Region B Blu-ray

Product Description

audio italianomedea: il giovane giasone, alla testa degli argonauti, muove alla volta della remota colchide per impadronirsi del vello d'oro (una pelle di caprone dorata ritenuta apportatrice di potenza e fertilita'), che dovra' servirgli per riscattare il trono usurpatogli dallo zio pelia. la maga medea, figlia del sovrano della colchide, colpita dalla prestanza fisica di giasone, lo aiuta a rubare il prezioso simulacro e fugge con lui. tornato in patria, giasone sposa medea e ha due figli, ma, divorato dall'ambizione, abbandona la famiglia per prendere in moglie glauce, giovane figlia del re di corinto. resa folle dalla gelosia, medea mette in atto una tremenda vendetta: con le sue arti magiche provoca la morte di glauce e del re suo padre, e successivamente uccide i propri figli, incurante delle invocazioni disperate di giasone.le mura di sanaa: documentario in forma di appello allunesco, girato da pasolini come grido dallarme per lantica e straordinaria citta' capitale dello yemen del nord, minacciata di essere modificata o dvd e' in italiano con sottotitoli in francese, inglese, spagnolo. audio dolby digital contenuti nel cofanetto medeaprincipali interpretimaria callas; massimo girotti; laurent terzieff; giuseppe gentile; margareth clementiregiapier paolo pasoliniproduzioneraro video, 1969 le mura di sana'aregiapier paolo pasoliniproduzioneraro video, 1974

Customer Reviews

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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Callas extraordinary in Pasolini's Medea 5 Jan 2012
While Pasolini's Trilogy of Life films were a staple of the repertory cinemas in the mid-seventies, Medea was somewhat less ubiquitous as far as I recall. I think I only saw it once in the cinema, therefore it's very pleasing to have this new BFI dual format set. Medea was made immediately before those three works and the genesis of design can be clearly seen.

Pasolini adapted the play by Euripides which takes as its source the epic mythical tale of Jason and Medea. A tale of love, betrayal and revenge, and according to the essayists, controversially cut though with Pasolini's favourite Freudian and Marxist themes. I've always primarily responded to the utter joy of his relaxed handheld widescreen film-making, the incredible locations, the extraordinary costume designs and sheer exuberance of the story-telling while being aware that there may be a subtext that I don't quite understand.

The image and sound quality are excellent and this edition restores the original Maria Callas voice track. She is an imposing presences throughout the film although she says almost nothing at all. In fact, apart from the literate opening sequence, the exposition of the narrative thereafter is almost entirely by means of the visual. This 'prologue' has the centaur telling a very young Jason his family history but feels very much like Pasolini setting out his wares. The sequence ends abruptly with the assertion that, 'there is no god'. The increasingly bleak narrative ends equally abruptly with Medea spitting out the final words, 'It is useless. Nothing is possible now', even as the 'Fine' appears on the screen. In-between, there is much to assimilate.
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46 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Spellbinding Reworking of An Ancient Myth 12 Dec 2000
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If you have to see one film in your lifetime, make it Pasolini's Medea. It has everything - superb plot, location, acting, direction - and more. Maria Callas, magnificent on the screen as the abandoned wife Medea, steals your breath away as she first betrayes her people to help Jason steal the Golden Fleece, and then wreaks a terrible revenge when she is in turn betrayed by him for another woman. Pasolini's direction is gentle yet precise, allowing Callas to unfold in all the vehemence of her passion, elciting from her a great performance. A must for all lovers of great films!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Euripides and Pasolini 15 Mar 2014
This film is not going to score as highly as it might with western audiences bereft of the connections to religion and family that reigned in Euripides's time. But its locations and recreation of Greek and Colchian life (in spirit if not to the letter - the Argo is a big raft) are striking. The themes of betrayal and a loss of home do shine through, and the child-killing parent is not unknown in our time. Pasolini films move at their own somewhat dreamlike pace which heightens the feel of being from another era. The style is spare but full of strong images - the ritual slaughter of the youth in the Sparagmos and Omophagia will remain with me for some time.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Extraordinary film 29 Feb 2012
By Bluebell TOP 100 REVIEWER
It helps to be familiar with the basic story of Medea and Jason and the Argonauts, the latter on their quest to find the Golden Fleece, as, especially in the early section of the film, there is virtually no dialogue. The film used the stunningly stark scenery of the Cappadocia region in Turkey as a backdrop for sorceress, Medea's domain, adding an other-worldly quality. Maria Callas exudes mysterious allure in the title role. The costumes of the elite characters are sumptuous and inventively eye-catching for the rest of the populace. Altogether the film is a visual feast that adheres fairly closely to the version by Euripides.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Maria and the Argonauts 6 Mar 2012
After their crops fail again, despite human sacrifice to the ancient gods, an archaic rural civilization vilify their high priestess, Medea. So when Jason & his Argonauts come pillaging & looking for the golden fleece, she goes off with them. But, unable to adapt to her new life in Jason's more modern walled city society, she calls once more upon her ancient gods to help enact a terrible revenge....

A very welcome BFI release to a Pasolini classic that has been conspicuously absent on DVD. "Medea" (1969) is a reworking of the Greek play / myth and as such is a companion piece to the earlier "Oedipus Rex" (1967). "Medea" still belongs very much to Pasolini's `serious' so-called Marxist / Freudian period rather than the bawdy popular farces of the later `trilogy of life'.

Pasolini clearly enjoyed recreating his archaic society in the extraordinary Turkish landscape - the cinematography is in vivid 1960s colour, the costumes are wonderful, as is the very striking soundtrack drawn with a wilful lack of authenticity from traditional music of Bali, Bulgaria, Tibet etc. And of course Maria Callas is perfect as the regal but bewildered Medea. Perhaps the second half of the film in the walled city of Corinth is less engaging - Pasolini was obviously less sympathetic to this modern (!) culture & concentrates instead on playing out the inexorable revenge plot of the myth.

Pasolini's main points appear to be that archaic society is, via its myths & rituals, more in touch with the sacredness of being & nature than commercial rationalist modernity and that any belief system (rational or mythological) only has meaning within its culture and is meaningless & impossible to access outside that specific culture.
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