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Caligula (Unrated Edition) (1980)

Malcolm McDowell , Peter O'Toole , Bob Guccione , Giancarlo Lui  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Malcolm McDowell, Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren, Teresa Ann Savoy, Guido Mannari
  • Directors: Bob Guccione, Giancarlo Lui, Tinto Brass
  • Writers: Bob Guccione, Giancarlo Lui, Franco Rossellini, Gore Vidal
  • Producers: Bob Guccione
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Original recording remastered, Widescreen
  • Language: English, Italian
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 156 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (658 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #12,212 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Caligula (Unrated Edition)" on IMDb

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Before Rome. Before Gladiator. The most controversial film of all time as you've never experienced it before! Combining lavish spectacle and top award-winning stars, this landmark production was shrouded in secrecy since its first day of filming. Now, this unprecedented special edition presents a bolder and more revealing Caligula than ever before, with a beautiful new high-definition transfer from recently uncovered negative elements and hours of never-before-seen bonus material! From the moment he ascends to the throne as Emperor, Caligula enforces a reign like no other as power and corruption transform him into a deranged beast whose deeds still live on as some of the most depraved in history.

Malcolm McDowell (NBC's top-rated Heroes, Rob Zombie's Halloween, A Clockwork Orange, Time After Time, If..., Cat People and O Lucky Man), Helen Mirren: 2007 Academy Award & Golden Globe Winner for The Queen; 2007 Emmy & Golden Globe winner for HBO's Elizabeth I; star of hit TV series Prime Suspect and films including National Treasure: Book of Secrets, Calendar Girls, Excalibur, The Mosquito Coast, and The Cook, the Thief, His Wife & Her Lover), Peter O'Toole (Lawrence of Arabia, The Lion in Winter, The Ruling Class, My Favorite Year, Venus, The Stunt Man), John Gielgud (Gandhi, The Elephant Man, Kenneth Branagh's Hamlet, Alfred Hitchcock's Secret Agent, and Academy Award-winning role in Arthur).

Supporting cast includes a wide array of European cult actors including Teresa Ann Savoy (Salon Kitty), John Steiner (Mario Bava's Shock), Leopoldo Trieste (Cinema Paradiso), Mirella D'Angelo (Tenebrae), Paolo Bonacelli (Mission: Impossible III) and Adriana Asti (The Best of Youth).

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178 of 183 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Awesome Extras and Two Cuts of the Film October 1, 2007
This new Imperial 3 disc edition of CALIGULA from Image and Penthouse is an "everything and the kitchen sink" affair. It should be a must buy for fans of the film, and offers two unique ways of viewing the infamous film known mostly for its peversity.

Disc One contains an unrated X-rated version including all the Bob Guccione inserted scenes of somewhat hardcore sex acts. The editing is a little off as Guccione assembled this cut from what Tinto Brass directed and put some scenes out of order thus blurring the narrative and character development.

Disc Two contains a pre-release cut of the film without the hardcore scenes, and a more logical progression of scenes assembled to depict the order Tinto Brass wanted them in. It runs 3 minutes shorter, and you'll notice alternate footage in many scenes. Three commentaries are delivered over this version with Malcolm McDowell on one, Helen Mirren on the second, and Ernest Volkman on the final track. Each are joined by authors and film critics who help keep the conversation flowing and on topic. Also included are a dozen cut and alternate takes.

The third disc contains featurettes, interviews, and archival footage from the production. A 1980 documentary proves interesting and provides more graphic footage.

The transfer is improved, but still looks blurred and lacking in contrast. The reason for some of this is the movie was shot like a magazine spread with soft focus cameras. It's never super clear, and there's plenty of grain and digital artifacts to contend with.

This is the best the film has ever looked, and has tons of extra material to wade through. A dream for collectors, and a nightmare for the detractors.
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356 of 381 people found the following review helpful
I will concentrate on the movie's historical accuracy (or its lack of it), since the previous reviews seem to either have overlooked it, or claimed that it is "historically accurate", or on the opposite extreme, that it totally ignored history.
"Caligula" does have some merit from the historical point of view, surely already present in Gore Vidal's original script. It's also very weak in many points.
The bare events of Caligula's life and reign are actually quite accurate. It may surprise many viewers that most of the secondary characters - Emperor Tiberius, Senator Nerva, the praetorian prefect Macro, Tiberius's grandson and Caligula's rival for the succession Gemellus, Caesonia, Chaerea (who murdered Caligula), his sister Drusilla - were all historical and, as far as the facts have come down to us, their portrayal in "Caligula" was fairly accurate, at least according to some ancient authors.
Tiberius did retire to the island of Capri in his last years and did invite the elderly Nerva to join him there, and ancient authors do claim that he indulged in sexual perversions there. Nerva really committed suicide as shown in the movie.
The conversations between Caligula, Nerva and Tiberius, probably by Vidal, really reflect contemporary views and issues - for instance, the deification of Julius Caesar and Augustus, Tiberius's predecessors: Tiberius was totally cynical about the whole thing, whereas Caligula firmly believed it. Throughout the movie, many of Caligula's lines come straight from ancient authors.
On the other hand, Nerva's comment on Caligula's "gift for logic" seems to owe more to Camus than to ancient sources - still, a nice touch, I thought.
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425 of 460 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Judge it for yourself June 18, 2000
Caligula, one of the most controversial movies ever made, is now available on DVD. This film was a real eye-opener for me, and the DVD is far superior to the VHS that was floating around a bit in the '80s (for all you people complaining about the quality, just shudder to think of how it used to be). The story of Rome's infamous emperor was probably not this wild in real life, but this is Penthouse and as a result is chockablock with sexual scenes and graphic violence. Because Caligula is basically in every single scene, it's hard for the other characters to develop, but there are some colorful supporting players, and McDowell really delivers. It's hard to believe his next film was to play the reserved, scholarly H.G. Wells ("Time After Time.") He is quite a talented actor. The movie drags on and on, and sometimes the cinematography is uncertain, but other times it is dead on the money. The film is a bit grainy on DVD, but as someone else once said, this really contributes to the "gritty" factor. As far as realism, many of the sex scenes look real, but I doubt the world has ever seen the likes of that purple-skinned four-eyed (or was it three-eyed?) woman, plus the guy with all those extra digits and the siamese twins joined at the head resting at Tiberius' palace. And how about the scene where Caligula "consecrates" that marriage...if that's how it was, I'd never get married.
The DVD has these things going for it: the creepy music added to the menu (the same as the opening title with the quote from Mark), the 30 chapters nicely divided up, the documentary about the making of featuring Gore Vidal and Bob Guccione (although in places everyone's face looked way too pale, but it was an old '70s film), and the sound is far superior to the VHS from what I can remember.
But this is Caligula and I would definitely not let anyone under 18 (or maybe even 21) watch it.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
It was ok but not great
Published 3 days ago by THOMAS E. CLUBB
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i like it
Published 5 days ago by Timo
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
This was not the original directors cut but it was close.
Published 5 days ago by Richard D.M. Lowther
5.0 out of 5 stars I saw this when it first came out. To ...
I saw this when it first came out. To be honest it may not be for everyone, please read the complete movie details. Read more
Published 6 days ago by Garry Hoffman
5.0 out of 5 stars Enjoyed This Movie!!!
Here we go again, McDowell at his disgusting best!!!
Published 7 days ago by Debra Davis
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for every movie lover
Too bad other movies can''t be released that have the integrity and accuracy of Caligula. An all star cast makes it a classic that the self righteous prudes have done their best to... Read more
Published 8 days ago by Tommy A. Bird
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the version that i requested. Completely watered down ...
Not the version that i requested. Completely watered down. Perhaps it is the un-rated version that I sought. Or maybe the X rated selection. Read more
Published 10 days ago by Russell T. Hicks
1.0 out of 5 stars Total waste of time
Total waste of time! Terrible film editing, lighting and sound track. I was surprised how long it took for the praetorian guard to assassinate the maniac that was Caligula!
Published 10 days ago by Gerald Harpin
5.0 out of 5 stars Rome at its Raunchiest
Bob Guccione’s 1979 epic film “Caligula” starring Malcolm McDowell in the title role and a supporting cast including Helen Mirren, John Gielgud, Teresa Ann Savoy and Peter O'Toole... Read more
Published 12 days ago by Roy Whitman
3.0 out of 5 stars Needs additional audio
hd transfer was good but i think they could have make it better. i also lacks additional audio tracks such as spanish.
Published 18 days ago by Miguel Cancio
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how much sex and nudity is in this version?
Apr 17, 2011 by Gina |  See all 2 posts
A Longer Version of Caligula
You can't. The footage is lost and is unlikely to surface.

The film was edited twice over as scenes were reshot several times and certain names wanted less association with it...the unedited version that screened in Cannes (not at the film festival mind you) was 210 minutes and likely... Read More
May 22, 2007 by K. Driscoll |  See all 3 posts
Caligula - Imperial Edition
Because it was originally supposed to include a fourth disc which was a music CD containing the full soundtrack of the film but this was very recently taken out of the package for legal reasons.
Aug 4, 2007 by Ricardo Zaldivar |  See all 3 posts
210+ minute edition
No the unrated longer version on this edition is 156 minutes long.
Having said that, there are so many extras you could be watching it for days!
Oct 30, 2007 by Aural Exciter |  See all 2 posts
what does each disc contain in the imperial version? Be the first to reply
Where are the outtakes??? Be the first to reply
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