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Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray] (1975)

Paolo Bonacelli , Giorgio Cataldi , Pier Paolo Pasolini  |  NR |  Blu-ray
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  • Actors: Paolo Bonacelli, Giorgio Cataldi, Umberto Paolo Quintavalle, Aldo Valletti, Caterina Boratto
  • Directors: Pier Paolo Pasolini
  • Producers: Alberto Grimaldi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen, Color
  • Language: Italian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: October 4, 2011
  • Run Time: 116 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (311 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005D0RDO8
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #40,045 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Special Features

High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack

Salo: Yesterday and Today, a thirty-three-minute 2002 documentary

Fade to Black, a twenty-three-minute 2001 documentary

The End of Salo, a forty-minute documentary about the film?s production

Video interviews with set designer Dante Ferretti and director and film scholar

Optional English-dubbed soundtrack

Theatrical trailer

PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Neil Bartlett, Breillat, Naomi Greene & more


Editorial Reviews

The notorious final film from Pier Paolo Pasolini (Mamma Roma), Salo, or the 120 Days of Sodom, has been called nauseating, shocking, depraved, pornographic . . . It’s also a masterpiece. The controversial poet, novelist, and filmmaker’s transposition of the Marquis de Sade’s eighteenth-century opus of torture and degradation to Fascist Italy in 1944 remains one of the most passionately debated films of all time, a thought-provoking inquiry into the political, social, and sexual dynamics that define the world we live in.

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435 of 467 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars �Salo�: A Relentless Allegory May 29, 2002
Format:DVD
"Salo" is most certainly one of the most controversial films of all time. With an eye sensitive to horrific imagery, it is easy to fall into a trap and see the imagery for only what it is, as opposed to what it represents. For, the power of "Salo" is to be seen in the relentless metaphor that it contains. Once one knows a couple of basic hints it becomes far easier to peel off the layers of disgust to reveal the true essence of this powerful film.
The basic characters fall into several archetypes:
1) The 4 Men: represent the fascist rule that dominated Italy during the Nazi rule. Given more power than they should have, they are content to savage the people they rule over with no respect for the humanity that they have been given control over.
2) The teens: the victims of this fascist control (the Jews of the Holocaust, the Italian people, etc.) who quickly lose all their dignity and rights under such savage treatment. Escape appears to be only a couple of steps away and seems quite easy; yet, for these individuals, it is impossible.
3) The madams: The politicians that (although not participating directly in most of the exploitation of the populace) provide the direction and desire to commit such crimes to humanity. Easily recognizable, they are just a step below the 4 men in the line of power.
4) The soldiers: the populace of Germany/Italy who allowed these atrocities to go on. Witnessing the entire situation as it escalates (much like it did in Nazi Germany), these people fall under the Nazi spell. For them, it is impossible to sympathize with individuals that have been so debased, so no guilt is felt on their part for the crimes they are involved in.
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290 of 314 people found the following review helpful
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Yes, ladies and gentlemen. The infamous film, Salo or the 120 Days of Sodom, has been reissued by Criterion in a special 2 disc edition. Criterion initally put out this DVD when they were still doing laserdiscs and DVD simaltaneously (its DVD spine number was 17), and the original DVD was pretty much barebones and not a particularly good transfer of the film (on either the laserdisc version or the DVD version). Now it's being released in a deluxe edition. What about the film itself? Is it worth picking up? Is it truly disturbing? Is it a work of art? Yes, yes, and yes.

Pasolini made this film in 1975 right after his "trilogy of life" films, which included The Decameron, The Cantebury Tales, and Arabian Nights (aka Thousand and One Nights). Those films were very joyful and playful, and did quite well at the box office. Pasolini went into a deep depression afterwards, feeling that all his films were bogus and compromised, and set out to make a film, as he called it, "undigestable". Salo was that film.

It is based on the Marquis de Sade's book, which was written in 1789 but not published until 1935. De Sade's book, while interesting at first, soon becomes boring and repetitive, outlining one sexual abberation after another. It's not erotic, in fact, it's quite disgusting, as most of the sexual behavior concentrates on coprophilia. Pasolini's film is much better than the novel, as Pasolini had much more to say with his film. He changed the original setting from 18th century France to the last days of Mussolini's government, which had set up shop in Salo, an actual province in Italy. Four fascists round up 8 teenage boys and 8 teenage girls, haul them off to a secluded villa, and degrade them and themselves for the duration.
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194 of 226 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone February 16, 2004
Format:DVD
I've wanted to see this film for the longest time as it is known as "the most disgusting movie ever made." This of course intrigued me,but I also heard it was a very artistic film, incorporating many themes of human degradation and facism. Pier Pasolini directed this film and later was killed by a male prostitute (stabbed to death) and it was rumored he was killed FOR making this film.
Now, I'm not going to go on and on about artistic values and philosophical thoughts, because I really don't know that much about the subject at hand, I merely was curious about the film and watched a friend's copy. Now, lots of parts are difficult to watch (especially if there are parents around); like extremely degrading sex acts, human torture, and sodomy. The film centers around a group of 4 middle aged men who decide to capture a large group of random young teens (about 14-17 years old) and bring them all back to a mansion to a former prostitute who would tell them stories about her life, very sexually explicit stories, with the help of other older women they would keep these children captured basically as sex slaves- most of the time they were naked, fondled and just toyed with for the pleasure of these men. One scene which almost had me gagging was one where they all sat for a dinner, the main course was a huge silver tray of steaming human feces, they all were forced to eat (the "bad" guys loving every morsel of it). Other scenes where some of the children actally enjoyed some homosexual acts with these men made me cringe (not because I have anything against gays, but this film was just so perverse, yet strongly intriguing about it).
Well, there were a few girls in the group who wanted to rebel. Not much came of that except more punishment.
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2.0 out of 5 stars that it's as bad as homosexuality
Did it really need 116 minutes for Pier Paolo Passolini to tell us that from the perspective of 1975, he he thinks of Italy's Fascists of 1944 as homosexual, cross dressing,... Read more
Published 2 days ago by Toytoy
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 3 days ago by virgilio e. hoffmann
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 7 days ago by Film Buff
1.0 out of 5 stars It seems that this movie's only purpose is to totally gross its...
Let me just say that there is absolutely no reason what-so-ever to sit through this super gross-out and highly offensive sack of crap. Read more
Published 12 days ago by TechnoMachinima1996
2.0 out of 5 stars SALO is SADOooooo
I hate when they say the MOST SHOCKING SCENES ON FILM......ahhhhh not so much....over played and over acted, I understand the underlying story line, but don't get all the hype... Read more
Published 26 days ago by Joe
2.0 out of 5 stars No Good
This is not for the faint of heart. A little Gross to say the least.
Published 27 days ago by Gary Crews
3.0 out of 5 stars Salò, or the 120 Days of Sodom Review
The movie did a good job of depicting human depravity. In doing so, it showed humans don't really have great concerns for the well-being of humans outside their family / friendship... Read more
Published 2 months ago by S. Osborne
4.0 out of 5 stars Fun for the whole family!
What can I say? A nice interpretation of the infamous "book". I showed this film to a friend that had no idea what it was and he was upset that I made him sit through it... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Dennis A. Johnston Jr.
1.0 out of 5 stars Trash!
It's hard to believe that any one put time, effort and money into producing such trash. The idea behind the story may have been good; but, the stupidity in the direction and... Read more
Published 3 months ago by David Eason
1.0 out of 5 stars There is something seriously wrong with anybody who could enjoy...
Its disgusting. Watching people go through this, it seemed real to me, like watching a documentary of children being tortured. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sydni
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