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Dekalog: Parts 6-10 [DVD]

Jerzy Stuhr , Zbigniew Zamachowski , Krzysztof Kieslowski    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Jerzy Stuhr, Zbigniew Zamachowski, Maria Koscialkowska, Olaf Lubaszenko, Grazyna Szapolowska
  • Directors: Krzysztof Kieslowski
  • Writers: Krzysztof Kieslowski, Krzysztof Piesiewicz
  • Producers: Ryszard Chutkowski
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 27 May 2002
  • Run Time: 282 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005V4UG
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 14,122 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The double-disc set Dekalog, Parts 6-10, contains the last five of Kieslowski's 10 one-hour modern morality tales, each one loosely linked to one of the 10 Commandments. All set in and around the same drab, high-rise Warsaw housing estate, they intriguingly explore moral dilemmas without ever coming to any glib conclusions. As always, Kieslowski is far more interested in posing questions than in supplying answers. The series was originally made for Polish television, and has since been shown on TV stations all round the world, though never in the cinema. While they can easily be watched separately, being individual stories, there's no question that they gain in impact from being taken in conjunction with each other.

Kieslowski used a different cinematographer for each film (except Nos. 3 and 9, both photographed by Piotr Sobocinski) to give a distinct feel to each story. While none of them--as you might expect from this director--offer a barrel of laughs, some are decidedly lighter in tone. Indeed the series ends on an almost farcical note: Dekalog 10 tells the tale of two brothers seized with paranoia when their late father leaves them a valuable stamp collection. By contrast, Dekalog 6 is one of the most moving and compassionate in the collection: a woman who finds a young lad is obsessively spying on her inflicts an intolerable humiliation on him. This, like No. 5 in the series, was expanded by 25 minutes or so into a feature film, A Short Film about Love. Here too, it seems a pity that the longer version couldn't have been included in the set.

On the DVDs: Dekalog, Parts 1-6 is slightly better served for extras than the first set; this includes a 50-minute interview with Kieslowski, one of the last he gave before his early death. As usual, he stonewalls all the questions with barely concealed impatience. The transfer captures the muted colours of the original, and the Dolby 1.0 sound is crisp and clear. --Philip Kemp

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DVD Special Features:

"A Short Film about Dekalog" An interview with Krzysztof Kieslowski by Eileen Anipare and Jason Wood
Polish with English Subtitles
Original 4:3 aspect ratio
Dolby Digital 1.0


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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Kieslowski's Masterpiece 12 May 2002
Format:DVD
I will make no pretence of neutrality in reviewing these films; I believe the Decalogue to be the greatest work of art, in any medium, of the last twenty-five years. Moreover it deserves its place alongside the very greatest works of the whole western canon.
In a remarkable achievement Kieslowski and his scriptwriter Piesiewicz, succeed in taking a somewhat hackneyed idea and drawing from it something compelling, fresh and above all humane. In taking the Ten Commandments as a starting point for ten films, they could easily have delivered a pious or sentimental homily on the place of those imperatives in modern society. Instead they turn an unflinching eye on the inhabitants of a vast grey housing estate in Communist Poland, revealing both the petty motivations and the small moments of redemption in their lives. The role of the commandments in each film is often oblique and ironic, yet undeniably pertinent. Characters are pushed to the brink, not in grandiose moral fables, but in deeply felt and often sad little tales. Even the subject of a brutal murder is delivered without judgement, allowing us to see both the squalid nature of murder and the equally squalid response of the state apparatus. There are no comforting answers, no beautiful effects and cathartic endings such as he offered in his later (and more famous) “Three Colours Trilogy”; instead he offers us a truly humane vision, which neither judges nor excuses the meanness and perversity at the centre of his characters’ lives. Given the extreme nature of Communist Poland one might expect the films to be too deeply enmeshed in that country’s problems to speak to a western audience. To their credit the films do not deny the effect of local conditions, yet are not limited by a parochial vision.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Classic East European Cinema 1 Feb 2006
By L. Davidson VINE VOICE
Format:DVD
"Dekalog" consists of ten ,one-hour long films ,each based loosely on one of the Ten Commandments. Each film is set in a stereotypical drab ,high-rise housing estate in Warsaw ,during Communist rule in the 1980's. It would be flippant ,and a gross over-simplification, to say that "Dekalog" is like a cross between "Play for Today" and "EastEnders", but Kieslowski's ten films do have certain similarities in format to these two programmes. The estate is like a huge, high-rise Albert Square and each film is like a well-constructed play ; each one dealing with different types of social, personal and emotional issues and all containing impressive and intense acting performances by the cast. The character portraits that Kieslowski draws in each episode of the "Dekalog" are exquisite. The ten films are for the most part earnest and grim , without much light relief for the viewer. They are ,most certainly,not a barrel of laughs . All of the films deal with events that put a strain on loving personal relationships ; mostly between parent and child and husband and wife. Other common themes featured in the ten films are those of loneliness, alienation, regret and despair. Also, in nearly all of the films , a taciturn young man (Artur Barcis) appears .He neither utters any words nor interacts with any of the characters. He appears whenever the main character in each film faces a serious moral dilemma or personal trial. Is he God , an angel or a demon ? Can he even be seen by the other characters in the film ? Each film is slow paced and filmed superbly by Kieslowski ; many beautiful images are portrayed and he captures the vast range of emotions of his characters perfectly. Read more ›
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These ten films are the greatest achievement of European film making in the last twenty years. Shot with a visual economy and brutality of style which grew out of Kieslowski's work in documentary, they are at once profoundly wise and unflinchingly honest. Each individual film is a self-contained masterpiece, almost aphorisitic in their brevity and understated rhetoric. All the works concern various individual and overlapping lives on a vast Polish housing estate, and are filmed in colour which seems to have been drained of all but the most sombre hues. The theme of each film is drawn loosely from the ten comandments and explores what those imperatives might mean in a modern context. There is a profound sense of locality, with the films growing out of specifically Polish experience, yet never seeming parochial. Seen through Kieslowski's lense that vast housing complex really does become an entire world. The most famous of the series are those which gained independent release as "A short film about Killing" and "A short film about Love", but make no mistake, the quality of all the works is uniformly high.
Anyone who has come to know Kieslowski's work through later films such as "The Double Life of Veronique" or the "Three Colours Trilogy", might be surprised by the absences of beautiful effects and flights of poetic fancy. These are not films which offer the comforts or almost mystical catharsis of his last works. Instead they turn an unflinching gaze on some ordinary lives, focussing on the meanness, solitude and quiet desperation of ordinary people, but by doing so they ultimately offer moments of redemption and humanity which put them into the same rank as the later portraits of Rembrandt. These are films to return to again and again.
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5.0 out of 5 stars (Arguably) Even Better Than Part 1
The second part of Krzysztof Kieslowski's masterful set of 'made for TV' (though entirely cinematic) hour-long dramas (loosely based on the Ten Commandments), for me, probably just... Read more
Published 25 days ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Dekalog and Decalogue
This and the companion DVD on parts 1-5 is an example of the wonderful direction from the Director better known for the Three Colours films and La Double Vie de Veronique. Read more
Published 5 months ago by PaleWriter
5.0 out of 5 stars Perfect
See my review of part 1. The only criticism I have is of the marketing - why not sell 1 and 2 together? Nevertheless, the work is beyond superlative.
Published on 15 Feb 2012 by Mr. Trench
5.0 out of 5 stars Kieslowski's Masterpiece
This is a truly masterpiece, movies open for many interpretations.
I want to point out, that this version of DVD has subtitles bond
with a movie (you can't turn off... Read more
Published on 10 April 2011 by Regis
5.0 out of 5 stars The Dekalog, a Kieslowsky Masterpiece
I found the DVD collection (Both parts 1-5)+(6-10) great pieces of films that achieve to condens such intense feelings, themes, emotions and questions of life. Read more
Published on 15 Feb 2009 by J. Ignacio Gonzalez Walter
5.0 out of 5 stars The best half of Dekalog
Kieslowski's masterful reworking of the 10 commandments reached it's highest momenets in its second half. Read more
Published on 27 Jun 2008 by Ian Shine
5.0 out of 5 stars Totally Absorbing
I finished watching the last one last night and I never wanted it to end.

First lets get the one downside out of the way: The audio quality has a lot to answer for! Read more
Published on 16 May 2006 by Mr. S. J. Robson
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