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USA 1979
Directed by
Tinto Brass / Bob Guccione
156 minutes
Rated R

Reviewed by
David Michael Brown
3 stars


Caligula is a one of a kind and essential viewing for anyone with an interest in exploitation cinema. Whether it’s a worthy film has to be left to the beholder but any way you look at it, it’s one of cinema naughtiest guilty pleasures.

DVD Extras: The Imperial 4 disc edition of Caligula is an astounding collection of anecdotes, unseen footage and interviews that covers every aspect of the film's controversial history. For a start there are three versions. Along with the uncensored complete uncut 156 minute version we get the original 149 minute theatrical version and an alternative 143 minute version. Amongst the legions of extras Malcolm McDowell, Helen Mirren and on-set writer Ernest Volkman all provide running commentaries.

As if three films and three commentaries weren’t enough there are two vintage making-of documentaries, behind the scenes footage, North American Bonus footage, stills galleries, deleted and alternative scenes. Actor John Steiner takes us on My Roman Holiday and Tinto Brass’s input is discussed in Orgy Of Power. Finally Penthouse Pet Lori Wagner gives a bird’s eye view of exactly what it was like to film some of the notorious sequences in Caligula’s Pet.

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Available from: Arrow Films




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