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(aka "Porcile" or "Pigsty" or "Pigpen")

 

directed by Pier Paolo Pasolini
Italy 1969

 

PORCILE presents two parallel storylines which comment upon one another. In a possibly medieval, possibly mythical land, a young man (Pierre Clementi, BELLE DE JOUR) has committed patricide and cannibalism and now wanders the deserts consuming unfortunates. He is eventually joined by another cannibal (Franco Citti, ACCATONE) and some young women in a quasi-hippie commune. In modern times (the real world), bourgeois Julian (Jean-Pierre Leaud, TWO ENGLISH GIRLS), the son of former Nazi-turned-industrialist Mr. Klotz (Alberto Lionello, THE BIRDS, THE BEES, AND THE ITALIANS) is psychologically paralyzed; he neither loves nor hates his father, he neither rebels nor conforms. He does not aspire to inheriting his father's business nor to the socialist ideals of his equally bourgeois would-be fiancee Ida (Anna Wiazemsky, TEOREMA). Julian instead prefers instead to commune with the livestock of the Klotz's "Italianate" German estate. Caught between his father and fiancee, Julian goes into a self-induced coma; however, Mr. Klotz's industrial legacy is under threat from another ex-Nazi-turned-business rival Herdhitze (Ugo Tognazzi, LA GRANDE BOUFFE).

The third installment of Pasolini's "Mythical Cycle" following MEDEA and OEDIPUS REX, PORCILE anticipates the final installment TEOREMA both visually and thematically (the desert of TEOREMA recalls the land of the cannibals here and the latter film's country villa is less grand but no less oppressive). Herdhitze has also decided to leave his company to the workers, which is what Massimo Girotti's character does at the opening of TEOREMA. The end result, however, is not as provocative. The cinematography is the combined work of Tonino Delli Colli (THE GOOD, THE BAD, AND THE UGLY), Giuseppe Ruzzolini (OEDIPUS REX), and Armando Nannuzzi (THE DAMNED); but it is difficult to discern their individual contributions. Combined with Pasolini collaborators Danilo Donati's costumes and Nino Baragli's editing, the film seems visually drab at first but it gradually reveals stunning images and textures that lend depth and context to the talkier sequences. Benedetto Ghiglia's "commento musicale" is often recorded low in the mix and accents rather than accompanies sequences. Pasolini regular Laura Betti (TEOREMA) dubbed Margarita Lozano (A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS) - who plays Julian's mother - for the final mix and Ninetto Davoli (HAWKS AND SPARROWS) plays a variation of his usual clown character during the climactic moments of the cannibal storyline.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 1969 (France)

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Comparison:

Water Bearer Films - Region 0 - NTSC vs. Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema) - Region 2 - NTSC vs. Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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1) Water Bearer Films - Region 0 - NTSC LEFT

2) Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema) - Region 2 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Water Bearer Films

Region 0 - NTSC

Eureka Video
Region 2 - NTSC
Masters of Cinema - Spine # 137
Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:39:30 1:38:00 1:37:55.166
Video

1.67:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 4.42 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 8.8 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.85:1 Disc Size: 49,031,079,523 bytes

Feature Size: 28,640,056,704 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.92 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

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Water Bearer Films

 

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Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema)

 

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Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema)

 

Audio Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

Italian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono

LPCM Audio Italian 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English (burnt-in) English, none English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Water Bearer Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.67:1

Edition Details:
� 'Pier Paolo Pasolini: A Filmmaker's Life' (4:3; 28:51)

DVD Release Date: 14 March 2003
Amaray

Chapters 1
 

Release Information:
Studio: Eureka Video

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.85:1

Edition Details:
� Theatrical Trailer (16:9; 2:45)
� Collector's Booklet

 

DVD Release Date: 23 July 2012
Amaray

Chapters 20

Release Information:
Studio:
Masters of Cinema

 

Disc Size: 49,031,079,523 bytes

Feature Size: 28,640,056,704 bytes

Total Bitrate: 34.92 Mbps

Dual-layered Blu-ray MPEG-4 Video

 

Edition Details:
• Theatrical trailers for both films (3:23 - Hawks, 2:43- Pigsty)
• PLUS: A booklet featuring essays on both films by Pasquale Iannone, a 1969 interview by Oswald Stack with the director about Hawks and Sparrows; an English translation by Iannone of a 1974 interview with Pasolini discussing Totó; a 1969 note on Pigsty by Pasolini circulated at the Venice première; an extract from a 1969 interview by Gian Piero Brunetta with Pasolini; and rare archival imagery

 

Blu-ray Release Date: February 22nd, 2016
Transparent Blu-ray case

Chapters: 10

 

 

 

Comments NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray (January 2016): I thought The HD improvement mostly surfaced in the textures and colors which gain richness. This is on a Dual-layered disc (sharing with The Hawks and The Sparrows) and this still has a max'ed out bitrate. There is some depth present and the visuals are thicker and much more film-like.

Audio goes linear PCM (24-bit) and is also an improvement - most notably in Benedetto Ghiglia's (I Knew Her Well) score which sounds much tighter than the SDs. There are optional English subtitles and besides the package including the other Pasolini film - there are theatrical trailers for both films (3:23 - Hawks, 2:43- Pigsty) and a liner notes booklet featuring essays on both films by Pasquale Iannone, a 1969 interview by Oswald Stack with the director about Hawks and The Sparrows; an English translation by Iannone of a 1974 interview with Pasolini discussing Totó; a 1969 note on Pigsty by Pasolini circulated at the Venice première; an extract from a 1969 interview by Gian Piero Brunetta with Pasolini; and rare archival imagery.

The director's fans should be quite pleased with this effort that adds value with the two films on one BD.

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ON THE MoC DVD: Mastered from a new high-definition transfer, the Masters of Cinema dual-layered, progressive, high-bitrate NTSC Region 2 DVD of PORCILE will be a welcome upgrade to owners of the US Water Bearer disc. The new transfer also appears to be brighter than the previous Tartan DVD and reveals more picture information on all four sides of the frame. The 2-channel Dolby Digital Italian mono audio is encoded at 320 kbps (as opposed to the standard 192 kbps for 2-channel Dolby Digital audio), and is clean enough to discern some of the music cues mixed very low on the track. Other than as subtitled trailer and a liner notes booklet (not included for review but it should be interesting given MoC's other booklets), this is a pretty barebones package.

MoC's releases of PORCILE and
HAWKS AND SPARROWS are DVD-only while OEDIPUS REX will be dual-format.

  - Eric Cotenas  

 


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3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

 


 

1) Water Bearer Films - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema) - Region 2 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

 


 

1) Water Bearer Films - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema) - Region 2 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

 


 

1) Water Bearer Films - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema) - Region 2 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

 


 

1) Water Bearer Films - Region 0 - NTSC TOP

2) Eureka Video (Masters of Cinema) - Region 2 - NTSC - MIDDLE

3) Masters of Cinema - Region 'B' - Blu-ray  BOTTOM

 

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Distribution

Water Bearer Films

Region 0 - NTSC

Eureka Video
Region 2 - NTSC
Masters of Cinema - Spine # 137
Region 'B' - Blu-ray

 




 

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