Salò or The 120 Days of Sodom (UK BD) in September

The BFI’s first Blu-ray Disc release is Pier Paolo Pasolini’s final and most controversial film, Salo…

BFI have announced the UK Region B Blu-ray Disc release of Salò or The 120 Days of Sodom on 29th September 2008 priced at £24.99. Pier Paolo Pasolini’s final and most controversial film has been banned, censored and reviled the world over since its first release in 1975. It did not receive UK certification until late 2000, when it was passed uncut.

The film is a brutal allegory based on the novel 120 Days of Sodom by the Marquis de Sade.

A two-disc set, features are detailed below…

Disc 1: Main Feature

  • Fully Complete & Uncut, telecined from original Italian restoration negatives
  • 1.85:1 (1080p, 24fps) / BD25 / PCM mono / Region B
  • Original Italian language version (with optional English subtitles)
  • Original English language version (with optional HoH subtitles)
  • Original Italian trailer (with optional English subtitles)
  • Coil – Ostia (the Death of Pasolini) The original 1987 track from Coil’s celebrated second album, Horse Rotorvator, with a newly created video accompaniment, shot especially for this release, by Peter Christopherson. (1.77:1/1080p,24fps)

Disc 2: Extra Features – A standard definition PAL DVD with the following content:

  • Open Your Eyes! (2008, 21mins) Newly created on-set documentary using full colour footage shot in 1974 by acclaimed film journalist and Pasolini expert Gideon Bachmann.
  • Walking with Pasolini (2008, 21mins) New documentary exploring the meaning and impact of Pasolini’s film, with Neil Bartlett, David Forgacs, Noam Chomsky and Craig Lapper (Chief Examiner, BBFC).
  • Whoever Says the Truth Shall Die (1981, 58m) Philo Bregstein’s classic documentary on the life and death of Pier Paolo Pasolini.
  • Fade to Black (2001, 25m) – documentary with Mark Kermode exploring the ongoing relevance and power of Pasolini’s controversial masterpiece, with Bernardo Bertolucci and other leading directors.
  • Ostia (1991, 25m, with optional director commentary track) – Julian Cole’s short film about the last days of Pasolini, starring Derek Jarman.

Fully illustrated booklet

  • Newly commissioned essay by Sam Rohdie (Italian film scholar and author on Pasolini)
  • Sight & Sound article by Gideon Bachmann incorporating his on-set diary
  • 1979 review of the film by Gilbert Adair
  • James Ferman letter to the Director of Public Prosecutions
  • Cast and credits for the film
  • Pasolini biography by Italian film specialist Geoffrey Nowell-Smith
  • Photographs of Pasolini at work on set

Updated: Jul 03, 2008

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