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Salo, Or The 120 Days Of Sodom [Blu-ray] [1975]

Pier Paolo Pasolini    Suitable for 18 years and over   Blu-ray
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
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  • Directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region B/2 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 2 Oct 2008
  • Run Time: 112 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BOA2M0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 74,297 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)



Pier Paolo Pasolini's Salò or the 120 Days of Sodom (known in Italian as Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma) provoked howls of outrage and execration on its original release in 1975, and the controversy rages to this day. Until the British Board of Film Classification finally ventured a certificate in 2000, the movie could only be shown at private cinema clubs, and even then in severely mutilated form. The relaxation of the censors' shears allows you to see for yourself what the fuss was about, but be warned--Salò will test the very limits of your endurance. Updating the Marquis de Sade's phantasmagorical novel of the same title from 18th-century France to fascist Italy at the end of World War II, writer-director Pasolini relates a bloodthirsty fable about how absolute power corrupts absolutely. Four upper-class libertines gather in an elegant palazzo to inflict the extremes of sexual perversion and cruelty upon a hand-picked collection of young men and women. Meanwhile, three ageing courtesans enflame the proceedings further by spinning tales of monstrous depravity. The most upsetting aspect of the film is the way Pasolini's coldly voyeuristic camera dehumanises the victims into lumps of random flesh. Though you may feel revulsion at the grisly details, you aren't expected to care much about what happens to either master or slave. In one notorious episode, the subjugated youths are forced to eat their own excrement--a scene almost impossible to watch, even if you know the meal was actually composed of chocolate and orange marmalade. (Pasolini mischievously claimed to be satirising our modern culture of junk food.) Salò is the ultimate vision of apocalypse--and as if in confirmation, the director was himself brutally murdered just before its premiere. You can reject the movie as the work of an evil-minded pornographer, but you won't easily forget it. --Peter Matthews

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audio in italianonel ridurre drammaturgicamente con sergio citti e pupi avati le 120 giornate di sodoma (1782-85) del marchese de sade, p.p. pasolini ricorre alla ripetizione del numero 4. durante la repubblica di salo' quattro signori (il duca/p. bonacelli, il monsignore/g. cataldi, s.e. il presidente della corte d'appello/u.p. quintavalle, il presidente durcet/valletti), che rappresentano i quattro poteri, si riuniscono insieme a quattro megere, ex meretrici, e a una schiera di ragazzi e ragazze, partigiani o figli di partigiani in una villa isolata e protetta dai soldati repubblichini e dalle ss. per 120 giorni sara' in vigore un regolamento che permette ai signori di disporre a piacere delle loro vittime. lo schema temporale corrisponde a quattro gironi danteschi: l'antinferno, il girone delle manie, il girone della merda, il girone del sangue. dopo il massacro, l'epilogo e' in sospeso, con un barlume di residua speranza. (pasolini ne aveva girati altri due.)

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Transfer! 21 May 2011
The Blu-Ray transfer of this movie is astounding. The opening credits appear as if some clean-up is needed, but once the movie starts, this is 1080p all the way. I was amazed that a movie this old could look so good. This is much better than the Criterion DVD version, although the Criterion box set is high-quality. I had bought one of those mega-expensive criterion copies that came out decades ago, because it was such a rare movie. Then, a few years ago, Criterion re-released it in a box set and the difference between the two was fantastic. For anyone out there who has not been able to decide which version to buy, believe me, the blu-ray version is best. The chocolate-covered bananas really do look like chocolate-covered bananas now!
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144 of 161 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Descent Into The Empyrean 26 Aug 2008
By Brady Orme VINE VOICE
There are few movies out there, if any, that can generate as much ire and disgust as Pasolini's "Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma". Over the years, the film has created this almost mythical quality around itself, if mostly for the fact that it's still banned / badly cut in many countries around the World (Including Australia; so much for the Enlightenment). Not so for us lucky Brits - The BBFC has passed the uncut edition since the Halcyon Days of 2000, when I was lucky enough to view it on Film4 late at night. Make no mistakes, if any film has the ability to transform you into a gibbering, crying mess, it's this one.

Not for the Faint-Hearted? You'd better believe it.

And thus, it's hard to really "recommend" this film to anyone, as you wouldn't really "recommend" divorce - But it's a life experience you can gain valuable knowledge from. The film takes it's inspiration / Modus Operandi from the Marquis De Sade's notorious novel "The 120 Days of Sodom" , which, if you have read it, you will know perfectly well what you can expect from the film. Transporting the setting to Mussolini-Era Fascist Italy, four Aristocratic Libertines subject their young subjects to Sexual Manipulation and Torture, both physical and psychological. Pasolini does not shun from showing these in all their brightest colours, and considering that the great man was murdered mere months after the film's premiere, it can be surmised that it raised much anger amongst those artistically inclined. Watch at your peril, without Mother and Children preferably.

Notes on the 2-Disc BFI edition itself - The film has been released before, on Criterion and BFI in the '90s.
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79 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Disturbing masterpiece 28 Feb 2002
By A Customer
Format:VHS Tape
'Salo' is one of the few films I've seen that on one hand is compulsive (in a rubbernecking kinda way) and repulsive. The tone is probably the darkest I've ever seen in a film- which itself is more disturbing than the violence- which is sickening (by design) but not throwaway nihilistic like Tarantino, Arnie or 'Black Hawk Down'...Viewing is aided by the excellent '120 Days of Sodom' and the accompanying essays (some reccomended in the title sequence here). But don't worry- this film says very little- over and over again. Which is its message...Pasolini places a Dantean-triptych onto Sade's text, reducing the 120 days to 3 (which feel like forever)and setting it to the fascist backdrop of Salo during World War II. Not that this is a historical film- the comment on the allure of Fascism to Italy is one that recurs. Here Pasolini dispenses with the celebration of life offerred in films like 'Medea', 'The Decameron' & 'The Canterbury Tales'. This is like 'Porcille' magnified or the design of 'Theorum' applied to the horrors of fascism in practice...The film begins with the sole beautiful shot of a harbour-which could have come from Antonioni or Bertolucci. Then the libertines marry each others daughters, kidnap (?) the peasants who will become the ****ers (though we think they are to be the victims.), audition their victims and transplant them to the hell of an unseen machine-like world. This is where the rape and torture and ****eating begins (though Pasolini puts the latter down to a comment on fast-food consumption). There are lots of scenes of sexual depravity, prosthetic-penises and an oblique reference to Communism. Then, the Circle of Blood- which is horror in its truest sense. Read more ›
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39 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Pasolini's unflinching portrait of fascism 22 Jan 2007
By Mr. B. I. Precious VINE VOICE
In this film Pasolini gives us an exploration of the nature of fascism via a story of a group of youths captured and imprisoned in a villa in the fascist republic of Salo in Italy in 1944.These youths are then subjected to an orgy of sexual degradation and humiliation - including being made to eat their own faeces -before some of them are finally tortured and executed in the most barbaric manner,which we view from a distance as the fascist guards discuss trivia while dancing and watching the horrendous scene.Not only does this film see Pasolini use de Sade's novel as an allegory for fascism,but he himself was moved to make this film by the wave of reaction sweeping Italy in the 1970s,which was not to be seen again until the vicious repression we saw in Genoa in 2002.This film is not to be viewed as entertainment.It is true art, and as such is challenging in the extreme.I saw this film at the ICA as part of the discussion on the relaxation of Britain's antiquated censorship regime.I recall walking home from the viewing feeling genuinely disturbed and soiled,which is exactly what a portrait of the fascist mind should do.As one of the protagonists says: 'we fascists are the true anarchists',and in Salo we see a protrait of a world with no values and no humanity.
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5.0 out of 5 stars collars
high definition kink, a previously banned classic
the marquis de sade has a lot to answer for
the cover shows 2 young girls in collars
there is plenty of that and a... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Victor Best
1.0 out of 5 stars This is not art
What bothers me in this film is that it is , somehow , considered a commentary on fascism . Read more
Published 1 month ago by Ioannis Glentzes
1.0 out of 5 stars cant believe i bought this....grotesque.
Lovely packaging but the film is sordid, grotesque and frightening. The only purpose this film served was to test my stomach.... Read more
Published 1 month ago by mr a w s mead
1.0 out of 5 stars Awful
This was bought out of curiosity !
Awful film
Sold it on eBay for more than I paid !
Don't get it it's badly done
Published 3 months ago by Andrew
5.0 out of 5 stars More than just shock value
I first came across 'Salo' after a recommendation from one of my more twisted acquaintances, who insisted that this film was as sick and disturbing as you can get. Read more
Published 4 months ago by patrick
1.0 out of 5 stars awful
this is probably the first time in my life that I have destroyed and binned any media after the first viewing of it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Peter Davis
4.0 out of 5 stars Classic grit
If you want a film to disturb and toy with your morals, this is it. There were several scenes that left me feeling nauseous (esp the suicide) and wrong (pretty much everything... Read more
Published 5 months ago by AP
5.0 out of 5 stars All things are good when taken to excess
This is an outstanding BFI issue of Pier Paolo Pasolini's notorious final film, Salo, or The 120 Days of Sodom (1975). Read more
Published 5 months ago by Film Buff
5.0 out of 5 stars Iron Stomach and Will Pre-requisites!
This is a hell of a film, especially if you consider it in context. It made shockwaves in the 70s and it's not hard to see why. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Cathal Lynch
3.0 out of 5 stars Waited 38 years to see it
Packs a punch even after nearl;y forty years. I like Pasolini films In this one he obviously had a big down on fascist systems or did he just like De Sade? A pity he got killed.
Published 6 months ago by Harry Francis
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