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Theorem (DVD + Blu-ray)

Terence Stamp , Pier Paolo Pasolini    Suitable for 15 years and over   Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
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  • Actors: Terence Stamp
  • Directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Format: Dolby, 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: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2013
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00B6RBSL6
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 24,371 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Theorem (DVD + Blu-ray)

A film by Pier Paolo Pasolini

A handsome, enigmatic stranger (Terence Stamp) arrives at a bourgeois household in Milan and successively seduces each family member, not forgetting the maid. Then, as abruptly and mysteriously as he arrived, he departs, leaving the members of the household to make what sense they can of their lives in the void of his absence.

In this cool, richly complex and provocative political allegory, Pasolini uses his schematic plot to explore family dynamics, the intersection of class and sex, and the nature of different sexualities. After winning a prize at the Venice Film Festival, Theorem was subsequently banned on an obscenity charge, but Pasolini later won an acquittal on the grounds of the films 'high artistic value'.

Theorem is visually ravishing, with superb performances from its international cast and a brilliantly eclectic soundtrack featuring music by composers ranging from Mozart and Morricone.

Special Features

  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Optional alternative English language soundtrack
  • Audio commentary by Italian film expert Robert Gordon
  • An Interview with Terence Stamp (2007, 34 mins, DVD only)
  • 2013 theatrical release trailer
  • Fully illustrated booklet with essay by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, review by Philip Strick and biographies of Pasolini and Stamp

Italy | 1968 | colour, and tinted black & white | Italian language, with optional English subtitles | 94 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.85:1

Disc 1: BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)

Disc 2: DVD9 | PAL | Dolby Digital audio (320kbps)

Product Description

United Kingdom released, Blu-Ray/Region B DVD: LANGUAGES: English ( Dolby Digital 2.0 ), English ( Dolby Linear PCM ), English ( Mono ), WIDESCREEN (1.85:1), SPECIAL FEATURES: Biographies, Blu-Ray & DVD Combo, Booklet, Cast/Crew Interview(s), Commentary, Interactive Menu, Scene Access, Trailer(s), SYNOPSIS: Terence Stamp is known only as "The Visitor" in Pier Paolo Pasolini's Teorema. The mysterious stranger insinuates himself into the home of a wealthy Italian family, where he exerts a curious, sensual spirituality over everyone in the household. He then proceeds to seduce everyone in the family (male and female) including the maid, which gives each person some sort of unique epiphany. Because he reveals so little about his innermost thoughts, "The Visitor" becomes all things to all people. What it boils down to is this: Is the enigmatic visitor Christ, or is he the Devil? Matching Terence Stamp's multi-textured performance every step of the way is Laura Betti as the family's maid; Betti, in fact, won the "Best Actress Award" at the 1968 Venice Film Festival. Director Pasolini adapted the screenplay of Teorema from his own novel. SCREENED/AWARDED AT: Venice Film Festival, ...Theorem (1968) ( Teorema ) (Blu-Ray & DVD Combo) (Blu-Ray)

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32 of 38 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Saint Terence 14 April 2008
By HJ
Format:DVD
A guest arrives at a bourgeois household and, in turn, seduces everyone: father, mother, daughter, son and maid. (Actually he doesn't seduce anyone but responds in a non-judgemental way to other people's desires - as Terence Stamp points out in the accompanying interview).
"Theorem" is one of the true classics of 1960s European art/auteur cinema. I imagine most people interested in this film already know it well. I'd just like to say that this is a fine new DVD edition from the BFI - good sharp print, nice booklet with review from 1968 & a new informative essay and the disc has an entertaining newly filmed interview with Mr Stamp, who worships Fellini & has a grudge against Pasolini almost as big as his grudge against Antonioni, but is perceptive about his character/role. And the fact is that Pasolini enabled Stamp to give his greatest performance.
As the interviews & essays discuss, the basic Marx-meets-Freud "theorem" that the bourgeois patriarchal family is upheld by sexual repression is pure 1968, but the film has proved timeless because of its unique mysterious & poetic quality. Also obvious, in retrospect, is that much of the film is really a representation of Pasolini's anxieties over his own homosexuality - mostly displaced onto poor Silvana Magnano, the housewife! Anyway, this is one 60s classic that actually improves with age - much imitated but never bettered - & well worth getting on this DVD edition.
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5.0 out of 5 stars a great 60s classic 22 Mar 2012
By schumann_bg TOP 50 REVIEWER
Format:Blu-ray
Theorem is an amazing visual experience, and seeing it on the big screen - or on a high quality screen at home, no doubt - brings out just how avant-garde it still seems. The main thing about it for me is its extraordinary tone, both serious and comical, often at the same time. It is highly original in this respect, constantly surprising the viewer with its breathtaking sense of the human face and how to use the camera, when to cut away and how to get the specificity of place and incident. It opens a bit like a Godard film, with a satirical interview of factory employees whose boss has just handed over the factory to their ownership, in which the interviewer answers his own questions, in effect. We then see the events that lead up to this extraordinary action. At this point it becomes something else - always about cinema and its power, but shot through a gay lens that places it quite far from Godard. The Terence Stamp character is a kind of Christ figure but without the prohibition on sexuality that Christianity usually entails. Here it is quite the opposite: he releases the desires of all the members of the family, plus the maid. His openness towards their desires is so in conflict with their assumed identities that they all go to pieces, although the exact tone of all this is highly ambiguous. There are so many sequences you remember from this film: Silvana Mangano in the summer house staring lasciviously at his discarded clothes, with her perfect make-up; the son urinating on his art, the maid becoming a saint, the speeches everyone makes before the stranger's departure, both slightly absurd and moving, Ninetto Davoli flapping into the forecourt with the mail like a human pelican ... Read more ›
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars New BFI Blu-ray 12 Jun 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
This is the latest Pasolini package from the BFI - containing a new Blu-ray transfer and a DVD disc. The decision not to include the Terence Stamp interview on the Blu-ray disc is irritating, but par for the course for the BFI. Eureka manage to duplicate the entire content on both discs and I would have thought that having the content on both discs was the purpose of a dual format set. Nevertheless, a very worth while release.

Although there are still signs of source material damage the restoration has reduced it to the extent that it does not impinge upon the viewing experience too much - unless you are very pernickety. What is very apparent is the film's rich visual texture, from monochrome through grainy sepia to sumptuous colour. The overall impression is one of a very dense almost over saturated world, a world that is superficially recognisable but which is in fact deeply disturbing. The film is composed of a series of moments with little regard to conventional narrative development or continuity.

I understand that Italy's roman catholic authorities prosecuted Pasolini for obscenity in respect of Theorem, I wonder if they would have preferred to get him for blasphemy but realised that they would have fallen into the trap of acknowledging that the film was an allusion to Jesus.

The varied visual textures are echoed by Pasolini's use of a number of pictorial techniques particularly during the film's unusual [even by Pasolini standards] opening sequences. A much loved motif, the volcanic ashes of Mt Etna, features here and did so in many films from Matthew to Medea. There's some quasi news footage in monochrome and another visual device, much favoured by Pasolini, the direct referencing, perhaps parodying of silent film.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Theorem [Blu-ray + DVD] 29 Jun 2013
Format:Blu-ray|Verified Purchase
Theorem [Blu-ray + DVD] [1968] A film by Pier Paolo Pasolini - A handsome, enigmatic stranger [Terence Stamp] arrives at a bourgeois household in Milan and successively seduces each family member, not forgetting the maid. Then, as abruptly and mysteriously as he arrived, he departs, leaving the members of the household to make what sense they can of their lives in the void of his absence. In this cool, richly complex and provocative political allegory, Pasolini uses his schematic plot to explore family dynamics, the intersection of class and sex, and the nature of different sexualities. After winning a prize at the Venice Film Festival, Theorem was subsequently banned on an obscenity charge, but Pasolini later won an acquittal on the grounds of the films 'high artistic value'. Theorem is visually ravishing, with superb performances from its international cast and a brilliantly eclectic soundtrack featuring music by composers ranging from Mozart and Morricone.

Actors: Terence Stamp, Silvana Mangano, Massimo Girotti, Anne Wiazemsky, Laura Betti and Andrés José Cruz Soublette
Director/Screenplay: Pier Paolo Pasolini
Format: colour and tinted black & white
Sound: Disc 1: PCM Mono Audio / Disc 2: Dolby Digital Audio
Language: Italian / English
Subtitles: English
Running Time: 94 minutes
Region: Region B/2
Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
Number of discs: 2
Studio: Bfi

Special features:
Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition.
Optional alternative English language soundtrack.
Audio commentary by Italian film expert Robert Gordon.
An Interview with Terence Stamp [2007, 34 minutes DVD only]
2013 theatrical release trailer.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Freedom, the bourgeoisie and the curse
A lot of ink has already flown over the apparently enigmatic movie `Teorema' shot by Pier Paolo Pasolini. Hereafter my own interpretation in the light of his whole work. Read more
Published 8 months ago by Luc REYNAERT
5.0 out of 5 stars Marxist-Machiavellian
Teorema (Pier Paolo Pasolini, 1968, 105')

Written by Pier Paolo Pasolini, starring Laura Betti (Volpi Cup for Best Actress), Silvana Mangano, Massimo Girotti, Terence... Read more
Published 19 months ago by Dr René Codoni
1.0 out of 5 stars A non film
The is one of the slowest moving films I have ever seen. It's right up there with watching paint dry. Other reviews seem to have great insight into its meaning. Read more
Published on 27 Jan 2012 by Just My Opinion
3.0 out of 5 stars Theorem - and an interesting interview with Mr Stamp
I got this DVD out of curiosity - not realising that Terence Stamp had done a film with Pasolini. Theorem is somewhat similar to Pasolini's other ad lib social comment stuff from... Read more
Published on 21 Dec 2011 by D. Warner
5.0 out of 5 stars Erotic delight!
This extraordinary film still has the power to shock. As the leading man sleeps with literally every member of the family we are given a fascinating perspective on society,... Read more
Published on 29 April 2011 by Adrian Drew
5.0 out of 5 stars Pasolini at his best
Pasolini at his best: a timeless mythology of sexual personae who remain lonely in an inhospitable world after their "redeemer" has disappeared.
Published on 7 Dec 2010 by W. F. Laman
5.0 out of 5 stars In 1968 Pasolini was playing the prophet
It is like the sequel of Pasolini's "Gospel According to Saint Matthew". It is a direct transposition of that young man who is bringing love to the world in the... Read more
Published on 4 Nov 2010 by Jacques COULARDEAU
4.0 out of 5 stars Theorem
I remember seeing this in the cinema soon after its release, where is caused a shock through the audience - not surprising as it was in Wales in the 1960's. Read more
Published on 23 Feb 2010 by J. C. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars How would you react to pure love?
Pasolini's Theorem portrays what happens to a suburban Italian family visited by an angel who offers each in turn a brief experience of pure love. Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2009 by Alan Wakeman
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