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Caligula: Three-Disc Imperial Edition

Malcolm McDowell , Peter O'Toole , Bob Guccione , Giancarlo Lui    Unrated   DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (179 customer reviews)
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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.

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18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Umm... OK. Sept. 4 2001
Format:DVD
Some epics are famous for their content. Braveheart, for instance, revitalized interest in William Wallace and might be credited with drumming up support for the Scottish National Party and the new Scottish Parliament. Others are famous for their quirks; Spartacus director Stanley Kubrick employed the "Hollywood Ten" blacklist, a group of people accused of communist activities by the McCarthy witchunt. Still others, like Lawrence of Arabia, are so unique in their locations, subject matter, and cinematographic pioneering that they top the list of influences of every major movie director - and a lot of the minor directors, too.
Caligula, on the other hand, is famous for being the most expensive pornography film ever created.
I'm not going to bother summarizing plot, as there really isn't any to speak of. Obstinately, it's a historical epic about Emperor Caligula, the ruler that was responsible for such excellent history-class tibits as naming his horse a Senator and marching the Roman Garrison into the ocean because he'd declared war on Neptune, drowning them by the thousands. And you thought our presidents were bad! The movie, from a script by Gore Vidal (that he attempted to disown), details Caligula's personal insanity, including his incestuous relationships with his sister and the forces that plot against him, both real and imaginary.
Say what you will about the film, it is still a $15 million porno flick, with better actors than usual. If you're going to take the plunge to buy it, then get the blue-packaged Unrated version. Not only does it have the extra hardcore, but it is the only one with 5.1 sound and the interview segment with Gore Vidal himself.
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25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Interesting, Rivoting and Dynamic! Aug. 28 2002
Format:DVD
CALIGULA is an adult film with adult subjects. This is NOT for everyone to see - especially children and even adults who may be offended by this REAL historical persons existence. This movie is Malcolm McDowell. He shines in this feature from beginning to bloody end. The film came out in 1979 to very mixed reviews. The original release was later cut to achieve a strong "R" and most of the sequences that were cut were shelved and now released in their entirety. It was originally an "X" - for graphic violence and free sex - not pornography.
Directed by the Italian director - screen named Tinto Brass, the film takes you on a journey through the life of a very sick man. The film has quite a cast starting off with Malcolm McDowell in the lead role. In this production you can find the masterful talents of Peter O'Toole, Helen Mirren and John Geilgood.
The production value is very high and the costumes and set design are extraordinaire. TO think a man like this existed is sick. The film is not for the week stomach.
I liked this film for the performances and the production design overall, but the story is amazing and the details very clear. This is one you might want to rent before you buy. I bought it because I love the film moiré. (8-27-02)
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Too many cooks... Sept. 27 2009
Format:Blu-ray
Once you see the special features of this movie and see what a mess it was to produce, you can understand why it sometimes seems like a mess when watching it. Given that this is based on something that happened two thousand years ago and little is known about Caligula, it is hard to determine how accurate the movie really is. But if the intent was to show the insane side of Caligula and the decadent side of Rome then this film has certainly captured that - although sometimes in a manner that is too graphic for my taste. The Blu-ray version of this movie is an improvement over the DVD version (and disc 2 is actually a DVD, not Blu-ray). However even so, this is the worst video quality I have seen on a Blu-ray to date.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
By Mathias
Format:DVD
I wish I liked Caligula. It could have been so much: with talented actors, beautiful extras, a no-holds-barred approach shared by an intellectual screenwriter and an uninhibited director, it sounds like a blueprint for an brutally honest and emotionally strenuous film. And maybe it was at the time, but as one of the millions of movie viewers who don't remember the 70's, who never had limits on the amount of sex and violence presented as entertainment (except, for better or worse, our parents), Caligula is not very shocking at all. It's terrible to admit being desensitized, but anyone who has ever watched both a porn movie and a single episode of any network cop drama can handle this.
It is important to watch the "Making of Caligula" feature with the DVD, as it explains everything that went into making the film. In many ways, this short film is more interesting than the movie itself. It's kind of sad, really, to see how Gore Vidal thought the movie would change the history of cinema and how much research and effort and money went into creating a Rome that ultimately looks like a porno movie but acts like a morality epic. If anything, it's evidence of the efforts in the 1970's to bring porn into mainstream cinema, of the time right before AIDS was discovered. It belongs on a shelf next to "Deep Throat."
Caligula is a reasonably good movie about how excess brings the death of morality. But so many other movies have been made which better explore this theme in equally provocative ways. ...
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5.0 out of 5 stars I had the video cassette years ago, Seeing the ...
I had the video cassette years ago, Seeing the movie on a blue ray, picture sharp and clear.After seeing the movie non cut, I understand why they removed half of the scene for the... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Marcel Bolduc
3.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't the kind of disturbing I was expecting.
I am a big fan of controversial and disturbing films. This was one that I hadn't heard a lot of detail about. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Audrey Brown
2.0 out of 5 stars I had a feeling this was a bad movie but I wanted to see it anyway
I had a feeling this was a bad movie but I wanted to see it anyway. I heard it's one of the most controversial movies in history, I can certainly see why it is. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Grant Alexander Emery Radke
5.0 out of 5 stars Shockingly Good.
Well it was as shocking as id heard it to be. But overall amazing what they got away with in this movie.
Published 4 months ago by Shadowarez
4.0 out of 5 stars This is the real deal. It is the original "uncut" version in bluray
I saw the movie when it came out back in the 70's and this is just like the theatre version. A friend of mine bought a copy a couple years ago but it was the "R" rated... Read more
Published 4 months ago by John Houston
3.0 out of 5 stars A Hollywood history-porno flick
I was surprised a bit by the XXX content of this film, I didn't think these actors were into that... Anyway, I wouldn't say it was a bad film, or particularly good, either. Read more
Published 7 months ago by Len the Sound Guy
1.0 out of 5 stars Caligula
Absolutely awful. The acting was appalling
All that was shown on regular basis was naked bodies having sex. Not at all what I was expecting. Don't waste your money
Published 8 months ago by Sandi Kat
2.0 out of 5 stars From evils past and evils yet to come...
"What shall it profit a man if he should gain the whole world and lose his own soul" Mark 8:36

The Blu-ray treatment really brings out the visuals of naked women and... Read more
Published 10 months ago by bernie
4.0 out of 5 stars Other similar movies?
I personally love this movie. I watched it when I was 16 and was really amazed!!! Can you recommend similar movies to me? Read more
Published 14 months ago by F. Gagnon
5.0 out of 5 stars Good movie
Enjoyed this movie it is very graphic and colorful. Not for everyone if nudity bothers you do not buy this version.
Published 18 months ago by Tanya
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