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Severin Films Would Like to Ask You ‘What?’

Coming to Blu-ray and DVD April 26th is Roman Polanski’s What? courtesy of Severin Films!

Roman Polanski tends to be a touchy subject and rightfully so. People’s opinions of Polanski the person vary greatly but when discussing Polanski the director the consensus is that he’s one of the greatest filmmakers of all time. He’s made some universally beloved classics and some underrated gems.

Polanski’s 1972 comedy What? starring the wonderful Marcello Mastroianni is one of his films that I actually haven’t seen. Whether or not the film is any good, I don’t know. The trailer, which is below and very much NSFW, is interesting, that’s for sure. What I do know is that the Blu-ray and DVD will be of excellent quality because Severin Films doesn’t settle for anything less.


Roman Polanski described it as the ribald adventures of an innocent girl. Critics called it an amoral, depraved disaster. More than four decades after its controversial release, it remains the most butchered, debated and least-seen film of the Oscar-winning director’s entire career. The succulent Sydne Rome stars as an oft-naked American girl lost inside a Mediterranean villa inhabited by priests, pianists, perverts and a syphilitic pimp (a deliciously bizarre performance by Marcello Mastroianni) while indulging in madcap acts of gang rape, sodomy and ping-pong. Hugh Griffith (Tom Jones), Romolo Valli (Boccaccio ’70) and Polanski himself co-star in this surreal and sexy comedy, now finally restored to its original running time from a vault print reportedly stolen from the wine cellar of producer Carlo Ponti!

Bonus Features:

Featurette: Sydne In Wonderland – Interview With Star Sydne Rome
Featurette: Memories Of A Young Pianist – Interview With Composer Claudio Gizzi
Featurette: A Surreal Pop Movie – Interview With Cinematographer Marcello Gatti
Theatrical Trailer

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