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The Decalogue contains all ten made-for-Polish-television episodes of Krzysztof Kieslowski's masterwork on two double-sided DVDs. Each episode is a gem of meaning and introspection. The only supplemental material is that which is included on the DVD cases -- a one- paragraph summary of each episode and brief cast and crew credits. The video quality is perhaps just under television broadcast quality, but that might be due to the age of the material. Specks and grain appear randomly and frequently but never hinder ...
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The Decalogue contains all ten made-for-Polish-television episodes of Krzysztof Kieslowski's masterwork on two double-sided DVDs. Each episode is a gem of meaning and introspection. The only supplemental material is that which is included on the DVD cases -- a one- paragraph summary of each episode and brief cast and crew credits. The video quality is perhaps just under television broadcast quality, but that might be due to the age of the material. Specks and grain appear randomly and frequently but never hinder the impact of Kieslowski's opus. The audio is generally quite good. Most viewers will utilize the large, white subtitles when watching; they can't be turned off, as they are embedded in the transfer. No dubbed English soundtrack is available. It is nice to have the entire Decalogue available in one collection, though this edition does not include the expanded versions of two of the episodes, which Kieslowski released as feature films. All in all, this is a bare-bones version of The Decalogue, but it's stunning and essential nonetheless.
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Chas Turner
One of cinema's towering achievements, Krzysztof Kieslowski's epic The Decalogue comprises ten one-hour films, each one set in and around a Warsaw housing complex. Originally produced for Polish television in 1988-89, each film is modern, moral meditations on one of the Ten Commandments. The interconnected, contemporary stories tackle the commandments in oblique but startling ways. The sixth commandment, "Thou shalt not kill," for example, unflinchingly scrutinizes two murders -- a strangling by a drifter and, in turn, his execution by the state. For The Decalogue, Kieslowski worked with scenarist Krzysztof Piesiewicz and composer Zbigniew Preisner, two brilliant collaborators who also contributed to several of his later, more widely released films such as The Double Life of Veronique and his Red, White, and Blue trilogy. Full of the artist's humane vision, moral ambiguity, and dark, seemingly unforgiving irony, The Decalogue is a masterpiece that could change the way a viewer sees the world.
All Movie Guide - Lucia Bozzola
An ambitious, tour-de-force epic originally made for Polish television, Krzysztof Kieslowski's The Decalogue (1988) explores nothing less than the Ten Commandments. Written by agnostic Kieslowski and Christian Krzysztof Piesiewicz, each of the ten short films examines a commandment (without specifying which one) in terms of the moral quandaries faced by ordinary people in their daily lives. Setting all the stories in the same bleak Warsaw housing project, Kieslowski and Piesiewicz emphasize the universal yet mundane nature of the different conundrums, in an everyday world replete with coincidences, tragedies, and cosmic jokes. Although each film could stand alone, as in Kieslowski's subsequent Three Colors trilogy, they occasionally intersect in subtle ways that enhance the complex cohesion of the whole, along with the unifying use of washed-out colors and close-ups. Parts Five and Six were expanded and released theatrically as A Short Film About Killing (1987) and A Short Film About Love (1988); Part Nine features a predecessor to the Polish singer in Kieslowski's The Double Life of Veronique (1991). Considered Kieslowski's masterpiece by many critics, The Decalogue finally received its U.S. video release in 2000 after a decade of occasional screenings at film festivals and film societies.
Los Angeles Times - Kenneth Turan
One of the indisputably great accomplishments of modern filmmaking.

One of the indisputably great accomplishments of modern filmmaking.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/18/2000
  • UPC: 014381949926
  • Original Release: 1988
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  • Source: Image Entertainment
  • Presentation: Mono / Dolby 5.1
  • Sound: Dolby Digital, monaural
  • Time: 9:20:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Henryk Baranowski Krzysztof [1]
Wojciech Klata Pavel [1]
Maja Komorowska Irena [1]
Artur Barcis Man in sheepskin [1], Young Man [4], Young Man [2], Tram Driver [3], Young Man [6], Young Man [8], Young Man [9], [5]
Maria Gladkowska Girl [1]
Krystyna Janda Dorota [2], [5]
Aleksander Bardini Consultant [2]
Olgierd Lukaszewicz Andrzej [2], [5]
Daniel Olbrychski Janusz [3]
Maria Pakulnis Ewa [3]
Joanna Szczepkowska Janusz's Wife [3]
Adrianna Biedrynska Anka [4]
Janusz Gajos Michal [4]
Miroslaw Baka Jacek [5]
Krzysztof Globisz Piotr [5]
Jan Tesarz Taxi Driver [5], Taxi Driver [4]
Grazyna Szapolowska Magda [6]
Stefania Iwinska Godmother [6]
Anna Polony Ewa [7]
Maja Barelkowska Majka [7]
Wladyslaw Kowalski Stefan [7]
Boguslaw Linda Wojtek [7]
Maria Koscialkowska Zofia [8]
Teresa Marczewska Elzbieta [8]
Ewa Blaszczyk Hanka [9]
Jerzy Stuhr Jerzy [10]
Zbigniew Zamachowski Artur [10]
Ewa Kania Ewa Jezierska [1]
Aleksandra Kisielewska Woman [1]
Aleksandra Majsiuk Ola [1]
Magda Sroga-Mikolajczyk Journalist [1]
Krystyna Drochocka Aunt [3]
Adam Hanuszkiewicz Professor [4]
Andrzej Blumenfeld Michal's Friend [4]
Tomasz Kozlowicz Jarek [4]
Elzbeta Kilarska Jarek's Mother [4]
Helena Norowicz Doctor [4]
Zbigniew Zapasiewicz Police Inspector [5]
Barbara Dziekan-Wadja Cashier [5]
Stanislaw Gawlik Postman [6], [2]
Piotr Machalica Roman [6]
Rafal Imbro Bearded Man [6]
Jan Piechocinski Blond Man [6]
Bozena Dykiel Ticket Woman [7]
Katarzyna Piwowarczyk Ania [7], Ania [9]
Tadeusz Lomnicki Tailor [8]
Jan Jankowski Mariusz [9]
Jolanta Pietek-Gorecka Ola [9]
Jerzy Trela Mikolaj [9]
Henryk Bista Shopkeeper [10]
Olaf Lubaszenko Tomek [10]
Maciej Stuhr Piotrek [10]
Wojciech Asinski [8]
Aleksander Bednarz [5]
Renata Berger [9]
Krystyna Bigelmajer [2]
Stefania Blonska [7]
Malgorzata Boratynska [9]
M. Chojnacka [6]
Joanna Cichon [9]
Janusz Cywinski [9]
Karol Dillenius [2]
Ewa Ekwinska [2]
Jerzy Fedorowicz [2]
Zygmunt Fok [3]
T. Gradowski [6]
Anna Gronostaj [10]
Cezary Harasimowicz [10]
Dariusz Jablonski [7]
Jacek Kalucki [3]
Marek Kepinski [8]
Barbara Kolodziejska [3]
K. Koperski [6]
Dariusz Kozakiewicz [10]
Maria Krawczyk [3]
Krzysztof Kumor [3]
Slawomir Kwiatkowski [9]
Henryk Majcherek [10]
Miroslawa Maludzinska [7]
Jan Mayzel [7]
J. Michalewska [6]
Janusz Mond [8]
Wlodzimierz Musial [3]
Jerzy Nowak [3]
Marian Opania [8]
Elzbieta Panas [10]
Bronislaw Pawlik [8]
Dariusz Przychoda [9]
Ewa Radzikowska [7]
Krzysztof Rojek [8]
Malgorzata Rozniatowska [6]
Wlodzimierz Rzeczycki [3]
Piotr Rzymszkiewicz [3]
Wiktor Sanejko [8]
Piotr Siejka [2]
Ewa Skibinska [8]
Maciej Slawinski [1]
Anna Smal-Romanska [1]
Dorota Stalinska [3]
Maciej Szary [2]
Hanna Szcerkowska [8]
Zdzislaw Tobiasz [5]
Aleksander Trabczynski [2]
Jerzy Turek [10]
Grzegorz Warchol [10]
Bozena Wrobel [1]
Wanda Wroblewska [7]
Piotr Wyrzykowski [1]
Anna Zagorska [8]
Jerzy Zass [5]
E. Ziolkowska [6]
Technical Credits
Krzysztof Kieslowski Director, Screenwriter
Witold Adamek Cinematographer
Jacek Blawut Cinematographer
Ryszard Chutkowski Producer
Wieslawa Dembinska Sound/Sound Designer
Halina Dobrowolska Art Director
Slawomir Idziak Cinematographer
Andrzej Jaroszewicz Cinematographer
Malgorzata Jaworska Sound/Sound Designer
Edward Klosinski Cinematographer
Dariusz Kuc Cinematographer
Kyzysztof Pakulski Cinematographer
Krzysztof Piesiewicz Screenwriter
Zbigniew Preisner Score Composer
Ewa Smal Editor
Piotr Sobocinski Cinematographer
Nikodem Wolk-Laniewski Sound/Sound Designer
Wieslaw Zdort Cinematographer
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Scene Index

Side #1 -- Decalogue I-III, Vol. 1
1. "What Is Death?" [10:19]
2. The Gift of Life [9:12]
3. A Colleague [4:17]
4. Thoughtful Words [3:55]
5. A Calculated Risk [5:30]
6. "Where Is Pavel?" [7:19]
7. The Unthinkable [10:43]
8. End Credits [1:53]
1. The Doctor [7:09]
2. Pulling Teeth [8:10]
3. The Hospital [6:00]
4. Dorota's Confession [9:11]
5. A Difficult Choice [12:31]
6. Final Prognosis [6:21]
7. The Reprise [5:37]
8. End Credits [1:34]
1. Christmas Eve [8:28]
2. A Cry for Help [9:24]
3. The Missing Husband [5:39]
4. A Stolen Car [4:20]
5. The Affair [14:01]
6. The Alcoholics Centre [3:34]
7. A Tender Lie [8:03]
8. End Credits [1:55]
Side #2 -- Decalogue IV-VI, Vol. 1
1. Two of a Kind [7:54]
2. The Letter [11:56]
3. Words From the Past [4:16]
4. A Straight Answer [12:28]
5. Jealousy [6:53]
6. The Impossible [4:43]
7. The Unknown [5:08]
8. End Credits [1:54]
1. Natural Laws [6:17]
2. The Search for Meaning [8:27]
3. Looking for Trouble [5:08]
4. A Trip to Mokotow [8:50]
5. Difficult Circumstances [5:22]
6. A Lawyer's Visit [13:06]
7. Just Punishment? [8:12]
8. End Credits [1:54]
1. Peeping Tomek [6:31]
2. The Gas Leak [5:50]
3. All Alone [4:16]
4. Getting Noticed [9:57]
5. A Cafe Caress [8:02]
6. Premature Love [14:15]
7. A Change of Heart [7:37]
8. End Credits [1:53]
Side #3 -- Decalogue VII & VIII, Vol. 2
1. Bitter Rivalry [4:33]
2. The Escape [8:56]
3. Father's Day [13:33]
4. Mother to Mother [6:36]
5. Second Thoughts [6:31]
6. Final Demands [4:55]
7. The Search [7:57]
8. End Credits [1:53]
1. A Simple Life [7:28]
2. An Ethical Problem [11:18]
3. Past Connections [4:24]
4. Noakowski Street [9:20]
5. The Whole Secret [10:10]
6. The Morning After [3:33]
7. The Tailor [5:59]
8. End Credits [1:53]
Side #4 -- Decalogue IX & X, Vol. 2
1. Never Again [10:16]
2. Other Options [8:46]
3. Finding Clues [5:10]
4. Secrets [6:09]
5. A Matter of Physics [6:07]
6. Out of the Closet [7:13]
7. Desperate Measures [12:30]
8. End Credits [1:41]
1. The Passion of the Deceased [9:27]
2. Three Zeppelins [12:02]
3. Austrian Rose Mercury [5:40]
4. Quite a Character [5:54]
5. A Humane Gesture [6:09]
6. Delicate Operations [8:42]
7. A New Series [7:36]
8. End Credits [1:34]
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Menu

Side #1 -- Decalogue I-III, Vol. 1
   Feature Start
   Decalogue I
      Feature Start
   Decalogue II
      Feature Start
   Decalogue III
      Feature Start
   Decalogue IV
   Decalogue V
   Decalogue VI
Side #2 -- Decalogue IV-VI, Vol. 1
   Feature Start
   Decalogue I
   Decalogue II
   Decalogue III
   Decalogue IV
      Feature Start
   Decalogue V
      Feature Start
   Decalogue VI
      Feature Start
Side #3 -- Decalogue VII & VIII, Vol. 2
   Feature Start
   Decalogue VII
      Feature Start
   Decalogue VIII
      Feature Start
   Decalogue IX
   Decalogue X
Side #4 -- Decalogue IX & X, Vol. 2
   Feature Start
   Decalogue VII
   Decalogue VIII
   Decalogue IX
      Feature Start
   Decalogue X
      Feature Start
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  • Posted October 1, 2010

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    One of the Best Movies ever made

    Taken individually, or in Total, this is one of the most engrossing, thought producing Movies there is.<BR/><BR/>Each of the Decalogue's 10 Stories corresponds to one of the Biblical Commandments, not in a religious sense, but in terms of moral dilemmas that each invoke. You find yourself sympathetic to the plight of the characters, and wondering what you would do in similar situations.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 18, 2002

    Deep!

    I just saw Decalogue part 9 and 10 at Lincoln Plaza Cinema in New York City. I was deeply touched by the story line. Everyday-people dramatic stories are transformed by Kieslowski into touching and emotional psychological studies. In Decalogue part 9 Kieslowski concentrates on the thin line between sex and love as well as on the issue of morality. In Decalogue part 10 vanity and greed are shown as a ''value'' that overtakes human desires even at such cost as human kidney. Each story is concluded with a moral. Higly recommended for everyone, but especially for the sophisticated viewer.

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