THREE COLORS (1993-1994) Criterion Collection #587 (DVD) (15 Nov 2011)

THREE COLORS (1993-1994)
Criterion Collection #587
DVD: 15 Nov 2011
List Price: $79.99
Publisher: criterion.com

Special Features:

This boldly cinematic trio of stories about love and loss, from Krzysztof Kieślowski was a defining event of the art-house boom of the 1990s. The films are named for the colors of the French flag and stand for the tenets of the French Revolution—liberty, equality, and fraternity—but that hardly begins to explain their enigmatic beauty and rich humanity. Set in Paris, Warsaw, and Geneva, and ranging from tragedy to comedy, Blue, White, and Red (Kieślowski’s final film) examine with artistic clarity a group of ambiguously interconnected people experiencing profound personal disruptions. Marked by intoxicating cinematography and stirring performances by such actors as Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob, and Jean-Louis Trintignant, Kieślowski’s Three Colors is a benchmark of contemporary cinema.

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    Product Details

    Three Colors: Blue
    In the devastating first film of the Three Colors trilogy, Juliette Binoche gives a tour de force performance as Julie, a woman reeling from the tragic deaths of her husband and young daughter.
    Three Colors: White
    The most playful and also the grittiest of Kieślowski’s Three Colors films follows the adventures of Karol Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski), a Polish immigrant living in France. White is both a dark comedy about the economic inequalities of Eastern and Western Europe and a reverie about twisted love.

    Three Colors: Red
    Krzysztof Kieślowski closes his Three Colors trilogy in grand fashion with an incandescent meditation on fate and chance, starring Irène Jacob as a sweet-souled yet somber runway model in Geneva whose life intersects with that of a bitter retired judge, played by Jean‑Louis Trintignant.

    Disc Features

    • New high-definition digital restorations (with 2.0 DTS-HD Master Audio soundtracks on the Blu-ray editions)
    • Three cinema lessons with director Krzysztof Kieślowski
    • New interviews with writer Krzysztof Piesiewicz, composer Zbigniew Preisner, and actors Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob, and Zbigniew Zamachowski
    • Selected-scene commentary featuring actor Juliette Binoche
    • New video essays on Blue, White, and Red by film writers Annette Insdorf, Tony Rayns, and Dennis Lim
    • Full-length 1995 documentary featuring Kieślowski
    • Three Kieślowski’s short films—The Tram (1966), Seven Women of Different Ages (1978), and Talking Heads (1980)—plus the short film The Face, starring Kieślowski
    • Interview programs on Kieślowski’s life and work, featuring film critic Geoff Andrew, Binoche, filmmaker Agnieszka Holland, cinematographer Sławomir Idziak, Insdorf, Jacob, producer Marin Karmitz and editor Jacques Witta
    • Behind-the-scenes programs for White and Red, and a 1994 short documentary on Red’s world premiere
    • Original theatrical trailers
    • New and improved English subtitle translations
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring essays by film critics Colin MacCabe, Nick James, Stuart Klawans, and Georgina Evans; an excerpt from Kieślowski on Kieślowski; and reprinted interviews with cinematographers Idziak, Edward Klosinski, and Piotr Sobocinski
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