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Pasolini Six Films 1968-1975 on Blu-ray in November

8 October 2015

On the 40th anniversary of Pier Paolo Pasolini’s brutal murder, 2nd November 2015, the BFI will release a Blu-ray box set, Pasolini Six films 1968-1975. This set contains: Theorem, Medea, The Decameron, The Canterbury Tales, Arabian Nights, Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom and a large number of special features.

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, and 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, Salò, or The 120 Days of Sodom, sees him pushing his art to extremes.

Pasolini Six films 1968-1975 will be released in the UK as a 7-disc box set on 2nd November 2015 by the BFI at the RRP of £69.99.

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

  • Salò: 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 Salò

  • 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