All are fantastic but it is McDowell as the titular Emperor Caligula who delivers a tour de force performance. He perfectly encapsulates director Brass's vision of Caligula as an anarchist in power, a child given the most powerful Empire in the world to play with.
He is both funny and psychotic, charming and frightening, childlike and sexually violent. Despite playing such a convincing maniac, McDowell manages to move the viewer with the more human aspects of Caligula's nature. When Caligula's sister Drusilla Teresa Ann Savoy - with whom he has an incestuous love affair - dies from a fever, his grief is actually touching.
As Caligula's behaviour becomes more and more erratic, one cannot help feel for his desperate situation. He attempts to push his Senate into defying him, giving them increasingly crazy commands and becomes more and more frustrated when even whoring their wives and daughters does not force them into stopping him. That McDowell can make this character believable is astounding. Would you like to tell us about a lower price?
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However, if you are a male of a certain age and can remember the thrill of finding a copy of "Playboy" or "Penthouse" magazine in your neighbors garbage can, and longed to see the girls in the photos actually doing it, boy, is this movie for you! The ONLY reason to buy this movie is for the orgy scene, which features actual Penthouse Pets from the 's frolicking about in a cocaine fueled debauch I'm certain they all came to regret as the years went by.
Admittedly, the action is relatively tame by today's perverted, internet-age standards, but back in girls in high end men's magazines simply didn't do that stuff. I've bought every version of this film since it came out VHS, DVD and this Blu-ray had material even I've never seen before behind the scenes stuff, including new material from the aforementioned orgy, as well as the two "making of" documentaries included in the "Imperial Edition" DVD I bought a couple of years ago.
Ignore the stupid picture on the cover--its reverse side has the traditional blue cover art. Its not some crappy knock-offit's the real deal. While true, this was the Roman Empire under the rule of the deranged Emperor Caligula. Malcom McDowell stars in this controversial telling of Roman decadence steered by a madman. The dark side of absolute power is portrayed in this over the top production which garnered mixed publicity as it features hard core porn with a generous helping of gratuitous violence.
All is brought to life in this adequate Blu Ray treatment. Good picture and sound. Beware - this version is unedited with nothing left to imagination. For the more squeamish, seek out the heavily edited "R" version in which much of the story suffers. The seller should advertise this as an edited version of the original. Most of the more revealing scenes featuring Malcolm McDowell and Heleln Mirren have been deleted, probably at the request or insistence of the now embarrassed performers. As an edited version the film makes even less sense an is more tedious than the original version.
Still, it is enjoyable to watch Peter O'Toole making a meal of the scenery and John Gielgud forcing a heroic effort to treat the nonsense production with a degree of Shakespearian gravitas.
Marshal Berthier Top Contributor: Photography. This flic generates a lot of reviews, so here's mine. Way overrated, and that includes all the negative ones. It simply hasn't withstood the march of time. It's sort of two movies, the original semi-historical one on Caligula itself, and the later layering on of various porno moments.
The two don't mesh, don't make much sense, but it made the news with its controversy. In its current state of grace it comes across as some sort of satire, mostly of itself. I won't be one saying I want the time spent watching it back, but I also won't be spending any time watching it again.
My Caligula to-be-seen box has now been checked, there are many, many better movies in any category. I got to say considering this is a copy of a VHS tape that is over 25 years old, it was in rather impressive condition and the quality ironically was better than the 20th anniversary DVDs.
I bought the 20th anniversary edition of the r-rated version Caligula and it was very faded and the colors were not so restored as it made it sound on the cover.
I'm a huge fan of Helen Mirren, granted this is not her her best film but it's a great way can see where she started along with Malcolm McDowell. The movie can't decide if its a historical drama, a porno, or a gore fest. What it is a grotesque monument to all that is decadent and depraved.
The genre of the movie is simply "excess" like the lifestyle it was shot to poke fun at. No matter where it goes it pushes it a little too far. That being said its a rare movie and I feel like no collector of terrible media pieces could go without it. It arrived intact and on time. With clear instructions on how to turn off the subtitles. Definitely not for the immature or prudish!
There are a lot of sex scenes in this movie but it is not gratuitous. This movie really reflects the life of Caligula as emperor with no holds barred. Great movie, I love it.! See all reviews from the United States. Top international reviews. The DVD itself is fine, but that's no reason to rate this atrocity of a film highly.
I was goaded into buying it by the exciting sounding cast and the low purchase price. And even then the only thing I can say is "don't bother". The sets are grandiose, quite mind blowing actually, but the story is interjected with orgies and hardcore sex scenes none of them involving any of the famous names.
If you must, go ahead, buy it and watch it. In the right company strictly adult and after enough drinks, it may even be fun. The only thing worth seeing is the macabre beheading machine. Now that was weirdly wonderful in a very dark way. Thank you for your feedback. Sorry, we failed to record your vote.
Please try again. I am interested in film as a medium, and specifically the 70's due to the risks that film makers were taking, at the end of the holywood studio system directers and financiers were gaining more and more influence. This led to films like Caligula being made where an artist has an idea and a financier funds that by getting a porn merchant to pay for the film even if clips of his 'art' need to be included.
Caligula is a mess of a film with some interesting moments and good performences interspersed between random orgies and tortures. The film was cut to ribbons in editing and to my mind it shows as there was little flow to proceedings and the overarching story was difficult to follow unless you had read up on the production beforehand.