Three Colours Blue

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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. ...
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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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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
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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.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 3/4/2003
  • UPC: 786936204285
  • 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: 1:38:00
  • Format: DVD

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
Alain Decaux
Margot Capelier
Claude Duneton
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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Menu

Side #1 --
   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
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Good, but not as great.

    Juliet Binoche gives a performance with depth and uncommon control, displaying her wonderful ability to express so much using so little. My issue with the film, however is two-fold: I very quickly became aware of the camera and editing techniques that the director used, which distracted from the story-telling. Whenever a director seems like he's showing how "artsy" he is or I become aware of technique rather than the story, it takes away from the presumed purpose of the film. My second issue is that the musical score which is woven throughout the story and is a central character in the film is not very good, and at the end, became annoying (particularly the way it was scored in the voice). It would have been more effective if the film composer had delivered a better score. It's a great film in terms of its devices, techniques, and Juliet's performance - otherwise it missed the mark in my opinion.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    The best one from the Trilogy

    The movie Blue has already become a classic. It is the best one from the trilogy Blue, White and Red (although Red is almost as good). Expect to be sad afterwards, but also more than satisfied with Kieslowski's artistry as he ''serves'' us the story with the lightness only few are capable of.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 4, 2002

    A beautiful movie . . . .

    By far one of her best performances, Juliette Binoche dazzles in this film about a young woman struggling to regain her identity after losing her family. If only Disney would re-release Kieslowski's Trilogy on DVD. VHS really does not do justice to the beautiful cinematography which blends the title color into a photographic theme. The musical score, though at times grandiose, intertwines into the plot and carries a mystery that is sure to intrigue the audience. All in all a beautiful movie that is not to be missed.

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