Krzysztof Kieslowski's Three Colors: The Exclusive Collection

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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 ...
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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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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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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.

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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: 3/4/2003
  • UPC: 786936216790
  • Original Release: 1993
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  • Source: Miramax
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Theatre Wide-Screen (1.85.1)
  • Presentation: Wide Screen
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Surround
  • Language: Français
  • Time: 3:39:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Technical Credits
Krzysztof Kieslowski Director
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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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Menu

Side #1 -- Blue
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Reflections on Bleu
      A Discussion of Kieslowski's Early Years
      A Conversation With Juliette Binoche on Kieslowski
      Audio Commentary With Annette Insdorf
         Commentary: On
         Commentary: Off
      Krzysztof Kieslowski's Cinema Lesson
      Marin Karmitz Interview With Selected Scene Commentary
         First Meeting With Kieslowski
         Producing the Trilogy
         The Incident at the Hospital
         Getting Rid of Details
         Blue in Venice
         Play All
      Juliette Binoche Selected Scenes Commentary
         Jurassic Park or Blue?
         Life Within Life
         The Scene With the Eye
         Trust
         The Black Angel
         Acting
         The Cameraman
         Shooting
         A Smile
         Play All
      Jacques Witta Interview With Selected Scenes Commentary
         Three Kinds of Light
         Three Kinds of Editing
         Teamwork
         The Most Important Thing
         Rhythm
         The Music
         Play All
      Kieslowski Student Film: Concert of Wishes
      Kieslowski Filmography
   Scene Selection
   Sneak Peeks
      Red
      White
      K's Heaven
   Captions and Subtitles
      English Subtitles
      English for the Hearing Impaired
Side #2 -- Red
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      Insights into Trois Couleurs: Rouge
      A Conversation With Irene Jacob on Kieslowski
      Krzysztof Kieslowski's Cinema Lesson
      Marin Karmitz Interview With Selected Scenes Commentary
         Choosing the Crew
         Choosing the Look
         The Scene in the Bowling Alley
         Cannes and the Oscars
         Play All
      Audio Commentary With Annette Insdorf
         Commentary: On
         Commentary: Off
      Irene Jacob Selected Scenes Commentary / Interview
      Behind the Scenes of Red With Krzysztof Kieslowski
         In the Theatre
         Apartment
         Photograph
         Poster
         August
         Fashion Show
         External Theatre
         Play All
      Jacques Witta Interview / Commentary
         Editing
         Seven Scenes Cut
         Kieslowski's Last Film
         Play All
      Kieslowski Filmography
      Red at Cannes 1994
   Scene Selection
   Sneak Peeks
      White
      Blue
      K's Heaven
   Captions And Subtitles
      English Subtitles
      English for the Hearing Impaired
Side #3 -- White
   Play Movie
   Special Features
      A Look at Blanc
      A Discussion on 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
         Commentary: On
         Commentary: Off
      Marin Karmitz Interview With Selected Scenes Commentary
         Production Notes
         A Letter From kieslowski
         Play All
      Julie Delpy Selected Scenes Commentary / Interview
         Meeting Kieslowski
         An Odd Sense of Humor
         My First Day's Shooting
         At the Hairdresser
         Play All
      Behind the Scenes of White With Krzysztof Kieslowski
         The Use and Meaning of White
         Is White A Comedy?
         The Character of the Hero
         The Prison
         Play All
      Kieslowski Student Films
         Trolley
         The Face
         The Office
         Play All
      Kieslowski Filmography
   Scene Selection
   Sneak Peeks
      Red
      Blue
      K's Heaven
   Captions and Subtitles
      English Subtitles
      English for the Hearing Impaired
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    A Beautifully Constructed Tail of Life

    The movie Red is by far the best foreign film that I have seen in a long time. Kieslowski is a master at making audiences assume that Red is a traditional guy-gets-the-girl kind of movie by the way he puts Valentine and Auguste in the same scene but never have them interact or even acknowledge each other. He surprises us with fresh and invigorating twists that push the plot along in a way that I've never seen. Also, the cinematography was fantastic. It added to the unHollywood characteristics of this movie by reinforcing the depth of the characters and their lives. His use of the color red brings out the importance of the vast arrays of emotions that each character feels during certain events. At the very beginning Kieslowski made it known that the main protagonist, Valentine, is having trouble with her boyfriend, who we never see. This serves as a catalyst for her future actions. From the very first scene to the last, she encounters people who inevitably change her life. For instance, the older judge shapes her destiny by refusing to take back his lost dog and by also revealing to her the down falls of his own life. What he says happened to him, happens to her. Red is visually and mentally stimulating. You have to watch everything carefully to fully understand the connection between each character--Valentine, Auguste, the Judge, the weather girl, Rita. Character connections are a huge part of this movie. If you fall asleep then you won't get the full effect of all the symbolism that shapes the movie. I highly recommend Red for anyone who appreciates an outstandingly written film. By watching Red, you will want to watch the next two.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The only reason I wanted to keep laser- disc

    These are three of the best foreign films ever and I waited years for them to come to DVD. Visuals (especially the artful use of color) and intelligent, fascinating stories. White is my least favorite, but Julia Delpy makes up for that! Enjoy.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Superb!!

    I have been a fan of Kieslowski's since I first saw The Double Life of Veronique (Le Double Vie de Veronique) and this trillogy is the most haunting of his works. With a great ensemble of casts and a magical storyline to ''symbolise'' Liberte, Fraternite et Egalite, not to mention the beautiful cinematography, the results are simply breath-taking.

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