Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: The Exclusive Collection

Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: The Exclusive Collection

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Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski

Cast: Krzysztof Kieslowski

     
 

Miramax Home Entertainment has done an outstanding job on this DVD box set of Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy. The movies Blue, White, and Red have been lovingly brought to disc and each DVD provides a wealth of supplemental material that far surpasses most deluxe DVD editions in terms of quantity and quality. Each DVD housesSee more details below

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Miramax Home Entertainment has done an outstanding job on this DVD box set of Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy. The movies Blue, White, and Red have been lovingly brought to disc and each DVD provides a wealth of supplemental material that far surpasses most deluxe DVD editions in terms of quantity and quality. Each DVD houses documentaries, interviews with cast and crew, audio commentary tracks, featurettes, and even a number of Kieslowski's early short films (which have never been commercially released for home viewing before). This collection was obviously a labor of love for Miramax, and they're to be commended for releasing such a beautiful set at a low price when it would be easy to justify asking much more for it. Each original movie has been digitally remastered and comes in a pristine widescreen anamorphic transfer only. Kieslowski was a master director with a unique way of telling stories visually (long stretches of each film are without dialogue) and his collaboration with longtime colleagues was so special that Red received three Academy Award nominations (it's extremely rare for the American academy to nominate movies that aren't in English for any award that falls outside of the Foreign Language Film category). The audio transfer is splendid and features classical composer Zbigniew Preisner's extremely popular score (music is intrinsic to each movie, and figures prominently in the plot of Blue). The French female leads of each film show off their impeccable English skills in interviews done especially for this set while they discuss selected scenes in their native tongue (a nice detail about the French way of dealing these selected scenes is that the actresses can ask for a scene or shot to be repeated if they wish). Each disc also houses in-depth English language audio commentaries from Kieslowski's American translator and interviews/scene discussions with the movies' producers, cinematographers, and editors. Not only do the movies in this outstanding box set merit multiple viewings but many of the discs' extras do as well.

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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Gregory Baird
The colors of the French flag -- blue, white, and red -- inspired the great Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski to make his masterful French-language Three Colors trilogy. The series begins with Blue, a powerful drama shot through with fragments of an unfinished symphonic masterpiece. Juliette Binoche portrays the survivor of a car accident that claims the life of her husband, a world-renowned composer, and her young daughter. On one level, the film is a meditation on grief; but as the woman is haunted by the musical themes of her husband's last score and uncovers secrets about his life, the story moves into a more mysterious and voyeuristic realm. The cinematography is as beautiful as the music, making Blue one of Kieslowski's most sobering and powerful films.

A different brand of grief drives White, the second film of the trilogy. It follows the spectacular fall from grace of a Polish man (Zbigniew Zamachowski) who is divorced by his beautiful French wife (Julie Delpy). The tone changes sharply here, as White veers into the realm of black comedy, marked by Zamachowski's utterly charming yet ultimately enigmatic performance. There's a change in venue and language, too, as the story takes its protagonist back to Poland, where he tries to reassemble the pieces of his shattered life. Binoche oh-so-briefly reprises her role from Blue, appearing for only a few seconds in a moment from the film that recurs here as part of an entirely different story. (Kieslowski employed a similar technique to great effect in The Decalogue.) White also expands on themes of secrecy and voyeurism that were explored in the previous film, but with a refreshing unpredictability that makes White one of Kieslowski's quirkiest efforts.

Voyeurism becomes a central theme in the masterful conclusion to the Three Colors trilogy, Red. The main story here involves the unlikely friendship that develops between a fashion model (Irene Jacob) and a retired judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant) who spends his time eavesdropping on the telephone conversations of his neighbors. This is the most typically Kieslowskian of the trilogy, bathed in the warm glow of mystery and compassion that infuses his best work. And as with Binoche's blink-of-an-eye appearance in White, characters from the other two films make brief appearances here, spinning an unusual thread that connects the three films. Ultimately, Red works as a superb conclusion to a trilogy in which each film is marked by a distinctly individual tone, even as the three cohere in a powerfully singular vision.

All Movie Guide
Not to be confused with the valedictory Derek Jarman film of the same name, the French/Polish Blue was directed by the late Polish filmmaker Krzystof Kieslowski. Juliette Binoche delivers an award-winning performance as a devastated Frenchwoman who has lost her husband and child in an auto accident. The grieving Binoche busies herself by building a whole new life. In so doing, she tries to purge herself of all memories of her late husband, a famous composer. Throughout the film, Binoche wavers uncertainly between reality and fantasy, but she manages to weather her crisis. Kieslowski followed Blue with White and Red, each film exploring a different aspect of contemporary European life ("Blue" is the traditional French color of liberation--as in Binoche's liberation from the ghosts of her past). Hal Erickson

The second feature in filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy, the black comedy White features Zbigniew Zamachowski as Karol Karol, an expatriate Polish hairdresser whose French wife (the breathtaking Julie Delpy) divorces him after just six months of marriage because of his impotency. Penniless and devoid of his passport, Karol must journey back to Poland by hiding in a trunk. Upon his return, he slowly begins amassing a considerable fortune, ultimately hatching a perverse plot for revenge. Often unjustly dismissed as the weak link in the trilogy, White grows in strength upon repeated viewings. An allegory about equality, the film is mordantly witty, a cynical look at power, marriage and capitalism. Jason Ankeny

The concluding chapter in filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski's "Three Colors" trilogy, Red stars the luminous Irène Jacob as Valentine, a young student and fashion model who befriends a bitter former judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant, his character a proxy for Kieslowski himself). Their accidental meeting is just one of the many chance encounters woven through the narrative fabric of this feature, the most accomplished effort in Kieslowski's highly ambitious series. Like its predecessors, Red corresponds to a color of the French flag, as well as the color's symbolic attributes. The subject here is fraternity, and indeed, its central characters are all closely connected, their destinies locked on a collision course. The film's final scene even ties up the trilogy by bringing together the protagonists of the other features. Jason Ankeny

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Product Details

Release Date:
03/04/2003
UPC:
0786936216790
Original Release:
1993
Rating:
NR
Source:
Miramax
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital Surround]
Time:
3:39:00

Special Features

Reflections on Bleu (Featurette); A discussion on Kieslowski's early years; Conversation with Juliette Binoche on Kieslowski; Audio commentary with Annette 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 16x9 televisions; A Look at Blanc; A discussion on Krzysztof Kieslowski's later years; A discussion on working with Kieslowski; A conversation with Julie Delpy on Kieslowski; Krzysztof Kieslowski's cinema lesson; Audio commentary with Annette Insdorf; Marin Karmitz interview; Julie Delpy selected scenes commentary/interivew; Behind the scenes of White with Krzysztof Kieslowski; Kieslowski student films: Trolley, The Face, The Office; Kieslowski filmography; Original french language track/English subtitles; Dolby digital surround sound; Widescreen (1.85:1)-Enhanced for 16x9 televisions; Insights into Trois Couleurs-Rouge; A conversation with Irène Jacob on Kieslowski; Audio commentary with Annette Insdorf; Krzysztof Kieslowski's cinema lesson; Marin Karmitz interview; Irène Jacob selected scenes commentary; Behind the scenes of Red with Krzysztof Kieslowski; Jacques Witta interview/commentary; Kieslowski filmography; Red at cannes 1994; Original french language track/English subtitles; Dolby digital surround sound; Widescreen (1.85:1)-Enhanced for 16x9 televisions

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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Blue
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]
Side #2 -- Red
1. Opening Credits: "I Miss You" [5:13]
2. In the Spotlight [2:36]
3. An Indifferent Owner [9:47]
4. A Bag Sign? [3:55]
5. "I Want Nothing" [7:12]
6. "What Can We Do?" [6:31]
7. Who Will It Help? [6:55]
8. After A Long Day [5:12]
9. Irritating Questions [4:11]
10. "It Was Me" [6:22]
11. Passing Judgment [9:10]
12. No Answer [5:43]
13. Humiliated [2:47]
14. An Invitation [7:10]
15. Betrayed By Love [7:11]
16. Seven Survivors [6:07]
17. End Credits [3:00]
Side #3 -- White
1. Opening Credits: Pleading for Time [6:28]
2. Frozen [3:40]
3. A Hapless Husband [4:46]
4. Combs and Cards [7:39]
5. To Poland [5:33]
6. "Home at Last" [4:05]
7. From Pieces [2:26]
8. An Appointment [5:28]
9. A Good Piece of Land [5:36]
10. "Are You Sure?" [7:12]
11. "Everything Is Possible" [1:38]
12. The Will of A Lowlife [4:14]
13. "Warsaw at Our Feet" [4:18]
14. A Curious Will [4:04]
15. Karol's Funeral [5:37]
16. "I Wanted You to Come" [4:05]
17. Nothing to Hide [5:29]
18. Letting Go [6:17]
19. End Credits [2:55]

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