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  • BFI Releasing Six Film Pasolini Collection

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    Pasolini - Six films 1968 - 1975

    Theorem, Medea, The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales, Arabian Nights, Salí², or The 120 Days of Sodom

    Brutal and uncompromising, the films of controversial director Pier Paolo Pasolini have shocked and outraged audiences for decades, and their power remains undiminished to this day.

    Now presented together for the first time, in a Blu-ray box set released by the BFI on 2 November 2015, these six films stand as a testimony to his unique and untameable talents.

    In Theorem, a youthful Terence Stamp seduces each member of a bourgeois family. Medea features opera legend Maria Callas in a dark tale of betrayal and revenge. The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales and Arabian Nights form the bawdy 'Trilogy of Life', all with scores by the legendary Ennio Morricone. And Pasolini's final, shocking film, Salí², or The 120 Days of Sodom, sees him pushing his art to extremes.

    Special features

    Alternative English language versions of all films
    Deleted sequences and alternative shots for selected films
    Original trailers and teaser spots
    Theorem audio commentary by Italian-film expert Robert Gordon
    Notes for an African Oresteia (Pasolini, 1970, 73 mins): an exploration of the parallels between Aeschylus' Orestes trilogy and African politics

    Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die (Philo Bregstein, 1981, 58 mins): the classic documentary on Pasolini's life and work
    Walking with Pasolini (Roberto Purvis, 2008, 21 mins): documentary featuring Neil Bartlett, David Forgacs and Noam Chomsky
    Pasolini and the Italian Genre Film (Alberto Farina, David Gregory, 2009, 35 mins): exclusive documentary featuring Italian film producers Alfredo Bini and Luciano Martino
    Salí²: Fade to Black (Nigel Algar, 2001, 24 mins): Mark Kermode explores the ongoing relevance of Pasolini's final film
    Open Your Eyes! (Gideon Bachmann, 2008, 21 mins): on the set of Salí²
    Ostia (Julian Cole, 1987, 26 mins): short film in which Derek Jarman plays Pasolini

    Ostia audio commentary by director Julian Cole
    'Ostia - The Death of Pasolini' (Peter Christopherson, 2009, 7 mins): short homage, set to the song by Coil

    Illustrated booklet featuring a new essay by Geoffrey Nowell-Smith and full film credits


    RRP £69.99 / Cat. no. BFIB1218 / Cert 18

    Italian language, English subtitles / 5 x BD50, 1 x BD25 / 24fps / 1080p / 1 x PAL DVD9 / original aspect ratios 1.85:1 / PCM mono audio / 48K/24-bit

    Theorem: Italy / 1968 / colour, some tinted black and white / 98 mins

    Medea: Italy, France, Germany / 1969 / colour / 111 mins

    The Decameron: Italy, France, Germany / 1971 / colour / 111 mins

    The Canterbury Tales: Italy, France / 1972 / colour / 111 mins

    Arabian Nights: Italy, France / 1974 / colour / 130 mins

    Salí², or the 120 Days of Sodom: Italy, France / 1975 / colour / 117 mins
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  • #2
    Sweet Jesus!!!!!! That is GREAT NEWS!!!!!!

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    • #3
      I've been eyeballing this up on Amazon for a while. I only Have Canterbury Tales, but have been wanting the buy the others for a while. May have to wait that little bit longer as this month is just stupid ridiculous with how much I have spent on pre-orders.

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      • #4
        Are all the films uncut?

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        • #5
          I've only seen Salo & to this day, I wish I had ordered the UK dvd release that has the Coil video in the extras. Instead, I bought the Criterion release because I confused the two releases & thought the CC had Coil on it.

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          • #6
            The only film of his I liked was Salo. Everything else I didn't find too interesting.
            "Ah! By god's balls what licentiousness!"

            Marquis de Sade, The 120 Days of Sodom.

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            • #7
              "Ostia- the death of Pasolini":

              https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j6_wEJV_eoY

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              • #8
                Originally posted by Keeth View Post
                I've only seen Salo & to this day, I wish I had ordered the UK dvd release that has the Coil video in the extras. Instead, I bought the Criterion release because I confused the two releases & thought the CC had Coil on it.
                If it is any consolation, the Criterion release of Salo (and the Trilogy of Life) are from much better masters than those used by the BFI, who were stuck using the crappy, waxy masters supplied by the Italians.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Derrick King View Post
                  If it is any consolation, the Criterion release of Salo (and the Trilogy of Life) are from much better masters than those used by the BFI, who were stuck using the crappy, waxy masters supplied by the Italians.
                  Yeah, that's good to know cuz I ain't buying it again. It's not a film I ever feel like re-watching. I have a French dvd, too, that has a really nice booklet with lots of photos. I received it in a trade from a friend over there before CC released it. Of course, there's no English any where in sight.

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Recoil View Post
                    Are all the films uncut?
                    I believe so.
                    Rock! Shock! Pop!

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