Three Colours Blue

Three Colours Blue

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Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski

Cast: Juliette Binoche, Benoit Regent, Florence Pernel

     
 

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Blue is the first film in Krzysztof Kieslowski's brilliant Three Colors Trilogy and Miramax has pulled all the stops in giving consumers the perfect home presentation of the movie as well as numerous DVD extras of an unusually high quality. Exquisitely shot by cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, Blue has been completely digitally remastered and comesSee more details below

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Blue is the first film in Krzysztof Kieslowski's brilliant Three Colors Trilogy and Miramax has pulled all the stops in giving consumers the perfect home presentation of the movie as well as numerous DVD extras of an unusually high quality. Exquisitely shot by cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, Blue has been completely digitally remastered and comes in a pristine widescreen anamorphic transfer. Music plays a central role in the movie and Zbigniew Preisner's popular score sounds fantastic in a fine audio transfer. The disc is loaded with so many DVD extras that they are housed on two separate pages. Lead actresses Juliette Binoche gives a remarkable performance in the movie, and in an extensive English language interview she speaks about the project, working with Kieslowski, and her personal feelings about the director (who by all accounts was a lovely man). Binoche is noted for her restrained, deeply internal performances and it's interesting to see how emotive and open she is in real life when compared to her stoic screen image. An engaging storyteller, Binoche throws her head back in laughter one moment and then starts crying the next (this happens when she discusses the similarities between a scene in Blue and Kieslowski's actual funeral). Binoche also walks the viewer through a number of the movie's scenes in great detail, as well as addressing its themes. The DVD also contains excellent interviews with Polish cinematographer Slawomir Idziak, editor Jacques Witta, and producer Marin Karmitz, all of whom come off as very warmhearted and gently charismatic as they discuss the project and Kieslowski in great depth. They, along with Binoche and others, join an English film critic and Kieslowski's American translator (film professor Annette Insdorf) in the disc's fine making-of documentary. Once you've digested all of this, you can watch one of Kieslowski's surprisingly good student films. Released at a budget price, this is as good as DVDs get.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jason Clark
The first in famed Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy, this effort representing "Liberty" is a deliberately paced but rewarding look at the process of mourning and redefining one's life after personal tragedy strikes. As a vehicle for French superstar Juliette Binoche (and a mightily effective one), it allows her to convey a wide array of emotions that her previous screen work couldn't accomplish. Told with the director's trademark visual eye, the film also uses music as a catalyst (a major character is a composer as well), with a haunting score by Zbigniew Preisner that was written before the film was made, so the action could follow its rhythms. Followed by Trois Couleurs: White and the Oscar-nominated Trois Couleurs: Red, this series furthered Kieslowski's reputation as a world-class filmmaker and expanded his considerable fan base to include North America.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2003
UPC:
0786936204285
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
R
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
1:38:00

Special Features

Closed Caption; "Reflections on Bleu" featurette; A discussion on Kieslowski's early years; Conversation with Juliette Binoche on Kieslowski; Audio commentary with Annettte Insdorf; Krzysztof Kieslowski's cinema lesson; Marin Karmitz interview with selected scenes commentary; Juliette Binoche selected scenes commentary; Jacques Witta interview/commentary; Kieslowski student film: "Concert of Wishes"; Kieslowski filmography; Original French language track; English subtitles; Dolby Digital Surround Sound; Widescreen (1.85:1) enhanced for 16 x 9 televisions

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Juliette Binoche Julie
Benoit Regent Olivier
Florence Pernel Sandrine
Charlotte Véry Lucille
Emmanuelle Riva The Mother
Hugues Quester Patrice
Hélène Vincent Journalist
Philippe Volter Estate Agent
Yann Tregouet Antoine
Zbigniew Zamachowski Actor
Alain Decaux Actor
Margot Capelier Actor
Claude Duneton Actor

Technical Credits
Krzysztof Kieslowski Director,Screenwriter
William Flageollet Sound/Sound Designer
Agnieszka Holland Screenwriter
Slawomir Idziak Cinematographer,Screenwriter
Marin Karmitz Producer
Jean-Claude Laureaux Sound/Sound Designer
Claude Lenoir Production Designer
Krzysztof Piesiewicz Screenwriter
Zbigniew Preisner Score Composer
Jacques Witta Editor

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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Opening Credits: An Accident [5:05]
2. "I'm Sorry" [2:17]
3. A Day to Mourn [5:24]
4. Tending to Affairs [6:31]
5. An Endeavor to Forget [5:34]
6. Like Any Other Woman [3:29]
7. A New Home [3:59]
8. Expressing Indifference [7:59]
9. Repeating the Punch Line [5:10]
10. Flowers From a Friend [4:02]
11. Music and Mice [5:40]
12. "Now I'm Scared" [5:18]
13. Borrowing a Cat [2:52]
14. Lucille's Favor [6:07]
15. Completing the Score [4:57]
16. "He Loved Me" [4:46]
17. "It's Better This Way" [4:53]
18. "Do You Still Love Me?" [4:54]
19. The Finale [6:07]
20. End Credits [2:56]

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