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    BFI Reissuing Salo On Blu-ray

    Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom
    Directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini


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    Blu-ray release on 30 September 2019
    2-disc set

    Banned, censored and reviled the world over since its release, Salò was Pasolini's final and most controversial masterpiece. The content and imagery is extreme, retaining the power to shock, repel and distress. But it remains a cinematic milestone: culturally significant, politically vital and visually stunning.

    On 30 September 2019 the BFI will release Salò on Blu-ray utilising a High Definition master new to the UK. Special features for this release include a new commentary by Kat Ellinger.

    Based on a novel by the Marquis de Sade, Salò is a film about power, corruption, and the degradation of the human body; a devastating, angry cry from one of the most controversial auteurs in cinema history.

    Special features

    Original Italian language, and alternative English language versions
    Newly recorded audio commentary by film critic and editor-in-chief of Diabolique magazine, Kat Ellinger
    ‘OSTIA (The Death of Pasolini)’ Coil’s 1986 track with video accompaniment from 2008
    Open Your Eyes! (2008, 22 mins): Pasolini and his actors at work on the set of Salò
    Walking with Pasolini (2008, 22 mins): documentary featuring Neil Bartlett and Noam Chomsky
    Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die (1981, 101 mins): classic documentary on the life and death of Pasolini
    Salò: Fade to Black (2001, 24 mins): documentary exploring Pasolini's Salò
    Ostia (1987, 27 mins): features Derek Jarman, and also includes optional audio commentary
    The End of Salò (2008, 40 mins): documentary looking at the film's production
    Enfants de Salò (2009, 18 mins): French filmmakers including Gaspar Noé deconstruct Salò
    Original Italian trailer
    Illustrated booklet (**first pressing only**) including an essay by Sam Rohdie, a 1979 review of the film by Gilbert Adair, James Ferman’s (BBFC) letter of appeal to the Director of Public Prosecutions, Pasolini biography by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith, photographs of Pasolini at work on set, cast and credits

    Product details

    RRP: £24.99/ Cat. no. BFIB1359 / Cert 18

    Italy, France / 1975 / colour / 117 mins / Italian and English language, with optional English and English hard-of-hearing subtitles / original aspect ratio 1.85:1 / BD50 x 2: / Disc 1: 1080p, 24fps, LPCM 1.0 mono audio (48kHz/24-bit) / Disc 2: 1080p, 24fps, Dolby Digital stereo audio
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    Is this using the Criterion master, anyone know? The old BFI looked rather rough.
    Looking for Orozco the Embalmer (Camera Obscura) and the Swedish theatrical poster of Breaking Point (Vibenius/"Ron Silberman Jr.", 1975).

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    Quote Originally Posted by enandalusiskhund View Post
    Is this using the Criterion master, anyone know? The old BFI looked rather rough.
    I am going to assume that both BFI's "Salo" and BFI's "Trilogy of Life" will be using Criterion's masters based on the wording( "high definition master new to the UK"). Regarding "Salo", there was a restored version released( played theatrically in a couple of festivals I believe) back in 2015, but from what I understand, it looked really bad( it was done by Cineteca di Bologna and L'immagine Ritrovata).
    Last edited by Rakesh R.; 09-24-2019 at 08:38 AM.

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    The new BFI blu ray of "Salo" looks better than the Criterion blu ray-

    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare/salo.htm

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    Anyone know if the 17 sec scene, that was in the original BFI release & NOT present in the Criterion release is present in this BFI Re-release?

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboyslim142 View Post
    Anyone know if the 17 sec scene, that was in the original BFI release & NOT present in the Criterion release is present in this BFI Re-release?
    According to the review, it is. If you scroll down to the end of the review, you'll see a screenshot from that brief scene-

    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/104/salo_bl...lo_blu-ray.jpg

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rakesh R. View Post
    According to the review, it is. If you scroll down to the end of the review, you'll see a screenshot from that brief scene-

    http://www.dvdbeaver.com/104/salo_bl...lo_blu-ray.jpg
    Thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fatboyslim142 View Post
    Thanks.
    No problem.

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