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Caligula Blu-ray

United States
The Imperial Edition / Caligola Image Entertainment | 1979 | 1 Movie, 2 Cuts | 156 min | Unrated | Jan 06, 2009

Caligula (Blu-ray)
Large:


Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.95:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
English: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

Subtitles
English, Spanish

Discs
50GB Blu-ray Disc
Two-disc set (1 BD, 1 DVD)

Playback
Region free

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Blu-ray rating
Video 2.5 of 52.5
Audio 2.9 of 52.9
Extras 3.8 of 53.8
Based on 5 user reviews

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Erotic39%
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Caligula

 (1979)

Caligula Blu-ray features bad video and poor audio in this disappointing Blu-ray release

The decadent side of high definition! Before Rome... Before Gladiator... The most controversial film of all time as you've never experienced it before! Combining lavish spectacle and award-winning stars, this landmark production was shrouded in secrecy since its first day of filming. Now, this unprecedented edition presents a more revealing Caligula than ever before, with a high-definition transfer from negative elements and hours of never-before-seen bonus material!

For more about Caligula and the Caligula Blu-ray release, see Caligula Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 1.5 out of 5.

Starring: Malcolm McDowell, Teresa Ann Savoy, Helen Mirren, Peter O'Toole, John Gielgud, John Steiner
Director: Tinto Brass

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Caligula Blu-ray, Video Quality

  1.5 of 5

The folks at Image Entertainment had their work cut out for them with Caligula. The film was shot in a soft, grainy and muddy style that looks pretty rough in high definition. Clearly, the elements available for this Blu-ray edition were seriously flawed as the resulting picture quality is decidedly difficult to watch. I noticed instances of dirt, scratches, bizarre vertical and horizontal lines print wear and other signs of a seriously compromised negative. Understandably, I would hardly expect serious money to be spent on a film with such limited appeal.

Viewers of Caligula will be treated to drab colors, ample grain, weak contrast and a picture so soft that it looks like vasoline was smeared on the camera lens. None of this is the fault of the film's 1080p AVC Mpeg-4 encode, of course. Viewers will also notice the film's unusual aspect ratio of 2.00:1; a rare ratio that is said to replicate the aspect ratio of actual human vision. There didn't appear to be any digitally induced issues with Caligula, but it remains a difficult movie to watch. It's just not much to look at.


Caligula Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  2.0 of 5

Let's just get this out of the way: Caligula sounds really bad. It's a harshly recorded, tinny-sounding affair that will fatigue the ears while doing very little to enliven the senses. None of this is the fault of the film's 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio surround track. It faithfully does the job of reproducing a seriously flawed recording. Garbage in, garbage out, as they say.

The soundtrack for Caligula had the potential to be pretty fantastic. There's a ton of great music on the soundtrack, particularly selections from Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet," but it all sounds like it is being played through an old Victrola. Dialogue is poorly recorded as well with frequent passages that are difficult to discern and a "tin box" feel to the recordings. There is a minimum of surround activity present in the track but the occasional rear-channel flourish does rear its head from time to time. Regardless, Caligula suffers from a poor source and no amount of processing or tinkering can correct that.



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