VAN NUYS, Calif.—John Stagliano and are breathing new life into the epic Fashionistas Safado movies on DVD with deluxe box set editions of the fetish masterpiece.
Originally conceived as a single work but divided into sequential four-hour-plus epics, the films will be recombined and released on April 28 in two formats: as a six-disc set including four standard-definition DVDs and two CDs of original soundtrack music; and as a 10-disc set including four high-definition Blu-ray discs plus the standard-def DVDs and the music CDs.
The Blu-ray discs will not be sold separately.
Each set will feature the entire film—now 8 hours 40 minutes—in addition to an elaborate 3-hour DVD of extras and a color booklet of movie photography with the director’s new liner notes. The box sets are among the most lavish in the history of adult entertainment.
“As pretentious as this sounds, I think of Safado as my masterpiece,” Stagliano said. Indeed, the movies went on to win nine AVN Awards including Best Director for Stagliano, Best Group Sex Scene and Best Art Direction.
Perhaps the movie’s themes are more relevant than ever. “Witness the artistic expression of mainstream superstar Rihanna,” notes Stagliano, referring to an S&M-oriented video by the recording artist being recently re-categorized into the restricted area on YouTube. “The idea of S&M, that some people choose to experience pain in sex play, is intriguing to most humans. Safado simply goes further than what is allowed in polite society. The idea in art is a proven success. It appeals to the most basic of human instincts: the struggle for survival.”
Fashionistas Safado delivers stunning performances by such superstars as Rocco Siffredi, Belladonna, Melissa Lauren, Katsuni, Jenna Haze, Gianna, Annette Schwarz and Nacho Vidal.
But, perhaps the movie’s biggest sensation is the nasty hardcore debut of a precocious 18-year-old soon to cross over to mainstream stardom.
“Sasha Grey threw herself into this rough sex orgy with abandon,” Stagliano said. “Her first sex scene became the topic of discussion throughout the industry.”
The movie’s rich textures—striking fetish fashion, acrobatic aerialists and dancers from Stagliano’s Fashionistas stage show, edgy S&M in European sex clubs and some of the most relentless hardcore carnality ever filmed—look even more vivid on high-definition Blu-ray discs. The extravagant DVD of extras articulates the director’s mission with three hours of revealing behind-the-scenes footage and commentary by Stagliano, Grey, Siffredi and Lauren.
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