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Criterion Collection: Three Colors: Blue White Red [Blu-ray] [1994] [US Import]

Zbigniew Zamachowski , Jean-Louis Trintignant    Blu-ray
4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Jean-Louis Trintignant
  • Format: DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: French, Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 3
  • Classification: R (Restricted) (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Criterion
  • DVD Release Date: 15 Nov 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005HK13T0
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 123,518 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


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42 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Superb package - cinema to treasure 28 Mar 2005
In his "Three Colours" trilogy, Kieslowski takes a handful of people whose destinies are irretrievably welded together as an expression of liberty, equality, and fraternity, and presents their lives and the decisions which have led them to come together.
The trilogy is a wonderful piece of art. Relating the three colours of the French flag to the mantra of the French Revolution (liberty, equality, fraternity), Kieslowski explores these virtues not as ideals or as morals to be evoked in each of the films, but as values which have largely been swept aside by modern consumerism and the pursuit of self-satisfaction and self-indulgence.
Kieslowski used a different cameraman for each film, used different thematic colours for each (different filters, different colours featuring heavily in each film ,etc.), and constructs three films which have radically different moods and feels to them. (Please see my individual reviews for greater detail.)
Juliette Binoche dominates "Blue", totally, in an acting tour de force which sweeps you off your seat. Zbigniew Zamachowski gives a witty performance in "White" (the weakest of the trilogy), with Julie Delpy playing a supporting role. And in "Red", the honours are shared between Irene Jacob and Jean-Louis Trentignant. Kieslowski can thus change the internal dynamics of the film to suit his needs - he nowhere relies on conventional male/female leads. Rather he deconstructs the relationships of his leading actors and uses these to emphasise the themes of each film.
It was a brave move to shoot all three films so quickly (they overlapped in shooting) and in pursuit of such a tight schedule.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great films -great pq 25 Dec 2011
Kieslowski's three colours are cinematic masterpieces. Three colours Blue and Red being my favourites. When watching these films, you feel that you are in the presence of a master. These films about human frailty and beauty. There's nothing artificial about these films. Deep, compelling, honest and profound.
Picture quality is a big improvement over dvd release and much recommended for the fans of the films.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Simply superb 21 May 2004
These 3 films are one of the most significant events in the history of cinema. Having said that, I don't feel they deal with themes which are beyond the understanding of mere mortals like me and you. They are like some of Beethoven's greatest music: it's simple but unfathomably great.
My personal favourite is "White." The male lead embodies the pathos of his situation perfectly, and, while he goes on to overcome his personal difficulties in dramatic fashion, and to take revenge on what he sees as his wife's cruelty, he comes to realise that he has gained nothing of lasting value. The closing scene is one of the most genuinely moving moments I have ever seen.
The glorious "Blue" quickly dispenses with the preliminaries; the central character's composer husband is killed in a car accident, and his wife eventually finds peace and redemption through a chance hearing of a street musician, apparently playing one of her late husband's themes, even though the music had never been published. She goes on to work on her husband's unfinished compositions, and the film reminds us of the universality of human suffering and the potential for human unity.
Like I said, these aren't new or even original themes, but this trilogy treats them with a cinematic beauty and a profound insight into the workings of the mind which has never been equalled.
If you want to spend some time with your television, you couldn't ask for a more worthwhile way of doing it.
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27 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars I'm so-so 12 July 2004
By A Customer
The real value of buying this set if you already own the Three Colours films on DVD is the inclusion of the documentary 'I'm so-so' on the fourth disc. It is a wonderful film and reveals Kieslowski in a way that his written autobiography does not (or it acheives something sufficiently different to make it worthwhile). We all know that the Three Colours films are high points of 1990s European cinema so there isn't too much to say there. The extras on each disc are exactly the same as Artificial Eye's previous DVD releases so if you already have them you have to make the financial decision to outlay more money on the set. It goes without saying that if you are new to these films then you should buy the set immediately. But also consider the director's earlier 'Dekalog' which, for my money, is his best output - the Polish films win every time.
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20 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtitle fault on Red 22 July 2009
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There is currently an English subtitle fault on the RED disc of the 4 disc set. The subtitles only come up if you go to Chapters and play from that. We returned three sets before working this out. The 4th disc has a subtitle option and is no trouble. The 3 films are magnificent, worth the nuisance.
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19 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Trois Coleurs 6 Feb 2005
By Tom432
This trilogy encompasses almost the entire spectrum of human emotion. The acting is superb, not a frame is wasted, and the scores add immeasurably.
Words cannot describe the impact and humanity behind this great cinematic achievement. Watch all three, and marvel at the craftmanship found in each film individually, and the trilogy as a whole.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Life-Altering
There aren't many films out there that can claim to be genuinely life-changing, but these films, I would argue, have earned that right. Read more
Published 1 month ago by DeclanCochran
5.0 out of 5 stars "Three Colors (Trilogy)" on BLU RAY - Compatibility Issues For UK...
As you've probably gathered most of the reviews are for the 'DVD' version of this 1990’s trio of Art House gems starring Juliette Binoche. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mark Barry
4.0 out of 5 stars A well received gift
Bought this as a gift and recipient was delighted. Unfortunately one of the discs wasn't subtitled. This was easily replaced so overall, very pleased.
Published 2 months ago by Consumer Innocenti
2.0 out of 5 stars No subtitles on film 3 and4
I'm afraid that I couldn't watch the third, and an added documentary, because they were not subtitled. As I can speak neither French or Polish I was unable to watch them. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Miss J Higgs
5.0 out of 5 stars no praise needed
How could I enhance what people think of the merits of this outstnading trilogy. On my reckoning he was the finest director of his generation
Published 3 months ago by PaleWriter
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Colours Collection: perceptive brilliance
Three stories- a study of grief, a revenge story and weirdly fascinating fable of coincidences, time shifts and capricious fate. Read more
Published 18 months ago by standardsfisher
5.0 out of 5 stars cant wait to watch white and red
watched Blue and found it searingly moving, visually gripping and bowled over as ever by Juliette Binoche. Read more
Published 23 months ago by glad2bhere
5.0 out of 5 stars Liberty, equality and fraternity
Around here, red, white and blue are known as the colours of the American flag, and they are also the colours of the French flag. Read more
Published on 21 Feb 2012 by E. A Solinas
5.0 out of 5 stars Three Colours Blue
I have only seen so far the first one in the trilogy (i. e. Three Colours Blue) but this was an excellent start. Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2012 by David Hellawell
2.0 out of 5 stars Tanto fumo...
...poco arrosto, as they say in Italy ("A lot of smoke, not much beef") was the phrase that came to mind watching the trilogy over yesterday, along with the idea that Kieslowski's... Read more
Published on 7 Nov 2011 by Stuart Wilson
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