Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom [DVD] [1975]

Controversial and unique is a good way to describe Paolo Pasolini's Salo. Presented in 1.85:1 nonanamorphic widescreen from Criterion, this is a very spotty transfer that sports a heavy amount of grain and scratches in the print. While this is far from being a perfect transfer, overall, Criterion has done a fine job with what they had to work with (the original camera negative). The soundtrack is presented in Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono in Italian and sounds flat and uninspired. However, the soundtrack works well within the confines of the film with a minimal amount of hiss or distortion. Also included on this disc are English subtitles. The extra features for Salo are at the bare minimum -- the only supplement available on this disc (or, more correctly, on the packaging) is a small insert with some info on the film.
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Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom
The final work of notorious Italian director Pier Paolo Pasolini, this film updates the Marquis de Sade's most extreme novel to fascist Italy in the final days of WW II. Dispensing with the novel's meditations on sexual liberation and the search for truth, Pasolini presents four decadents who kidnap dozens of young men and women and subject them to the most hideous forms of torture and perversion in an isolated villa. Rape, murder, and a coprophagic banquet are only the beginning of the atrocities on display. Photographed by Tonino Delli Colli, the film also features a lavish score by Ennio Morricone. ~ Robert Firsching, Rovi

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  • Paolo Bonacelli
    Paolo Bonacelli - The Duke
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    Giorgio Cataldi - The Bishop
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    Aldo Valletti - The President
  • Caterina Boratto
    Caterina Boratto - Signora Castelli
  • Hélène Surgère
    Hélène Surgère - Signora Vaccari

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