BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION FEATURES • High-definition digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack • “Salò”: Yesterday and Today, a thirty-three-minute 2002 documentary featuring interviews with director Pier Paolo Pasolini, actor-filmmaker Jean-Claude Biette, and Pasolini friend Ninetto Davoli • Fade to Black, a twenty-three-minute 2001 documentary featuring directors Bernardo Bertolucci, Catherine Breillat, and John Maybury, as well as scholar David Forgacs • The End of “Salò,” a forty-minute documentary about the film’s production • Video interviews with set designer Dante Ferretti and director and film scholar Jean-Pierre Gorin • Optional English-dubbed soundtrack • Theatrical trailer • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by Neil Bartlett, Breillat, Naomi Greene, Sam Rohdie, Roberto Chiesi, and Gary Indiana, and excerpts from Gideon Bachmann’s on-set diary
A group of powerful men kidnap a large group of young innocents and essentially turn them into their personal slaves. The point of all this seems to be that power has the ability to currupt totally.
The images on the screen are some of the most depraved that have been committed to film. Pasolini is more indebted in my mind to Dante than to deSade. The film is presented in "Circles" much like Dante's Inferno.
This is not a film that you will want to see over and over. It is not a film in any way erotic. It is a film that will make you think and evaluate man's place in society.
Is it worth the price of the DVD? More than likely not, but Criterion has found this to be one of the most important films of the 20th Century. Watcher beware and " Abandon all hopes ye who enter here."