Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Criterion Announces Re-release of Pier Paolo Pasolini's Masterpiece "Salo," Slated for August

-You can be assured that the only place to find this DVD is on the Internet. Criterion has slated this 2-disc set for an August release. Now, if Warner Brothers can get on the stick and restore and release their Ken Russell catalog--particularly his 1971 political masterwork, "The Devils."

This is overdue, but I can't complain. In the last couple years we've seen the restoration and release of Sergio Leone's "Duck You Sucker/Fistful of Dynamite" (1972), Orson Welles's "F for Fake" (1975), his "Mr. Arkadin" (1955), Werner Rainer Fassbinder's 15 hour 1980 tv-miniseries "Berlin Alexanderplatz,"the films of Michael Powell, Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau, and even the elusive "Ganja and Hess" (1973) and "Inglorious Bastards" (1977)!

But where's Nicholas Ray's "Johnny Guitar" (1954), and the rest of the Pasolini catalog, restored? If we get "The Magnificent Ambersons" (1942) in 2008 as Warners has promised, we could have a much better year! Watching Salo restored is going to be something else. This film's time has come, and the culture can now sustain its attacks. That's not necessarily reassuring. One of the few great things about this tortured era is the chance to reevaluate these films again the way they were meant to be seen. Culture is the real meaning of life.

Criterion's page for "Salo":

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