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Roman Polanski Box Set [DVD]

Donald Pleasence , Francoise Dorleac , Roman Polanski    Suitable for 18 years and over   DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Donald Pleasence, Francoise Dorleac, Leon Niemczyk, Catherine Deneuve, Lionel Stander
  • Directors: Roman Polanski
  • Producers: Stanislaw Zylewicz, Gene Gutowski
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Classification: 18
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Aug 2003
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AISI3
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 79,030 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


Product Description

A 4-disc set containing the following three films:

  • Knife In The Water (1962)
  • Repulsion (1965)
  • Cul-De-Sac (1966)

Also included on a bonus disc are a selection of Polanksi's award-winning short films: Two Men And A Wardrobe (1958), A Murderer (1957), Teethful Smile (1957), Breaking Up The Dance (1957), When Angels Fall (1959), Mammals (1962), and The Fat And The Lean (1961).


This collection of films by acclaimed director Roman Polanski includes Rosemary's Baby, The Tenant and Chinatown. When Rosemary Woodhouse and her husband, Guy, move into a new apartment block, they find themselves surrounded by some rather odd elderly neighbours. Rosemary soon falls pregnant after a disturbing dream and the neighbours start to pay a lot of attention to the expectant child. In the horror-comedy The Tenant, a timid Polish file clerk moves into a new apartment after the suicide of the previous tenant, only to find that paying the rent is the least of his worries. In Chinatown a private eye is involved in a seemingly routine snoop job that snowballs into a murderous regional and personal scandal.

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5.0 out of 5 stars The ultimate DVD-Polanksi set 10 Nov 2003
By Jason Parkes #1 HALL OF FAME
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
This boxset shows how capable DVD is of offering a great film package to the cineaste- this set focuses on the early work of Roman Polanski, prior to his descent into mediocrity with films like Pirates, Frantic & The Ninth Gate (with the odd good film like Tess, Bitter Moon & Death and the Maiden) Included in this set are not only great documentaries on those early films (featurettes/trailers etc) but a series of surreal short films (Two Men & a Wardrobe, When Angels Fall, A Murderer etc) that rank next to the best of European cinema (Antonioni, Bunuel, Herzog,Vigo) & are worth the price of entry alone. Here we can see how vital the short film is, & how Polanksi began to deal with certain themes that would recur, notably in the periof from his debut Knife in the Water to The Tenant (1976).
Knife in the Water (Noz w Wodzie, 1962) was Polanski's Oscar-nominated debut- detailing a young couple intersecting with a lone hitchhiker on a yacht. Predating Dead Calm (1989) by a few decades &, like Hitchcock, there is a sense of sex & violence lurking beneath the surface. A bold debut & the kind of thriller that is sadly not seen these days **** Repulsion (1965) saw Polanski come to the UK, personally I think this is his strongest film, just pipping Chinatown (1974) in the masterpiece stakes. Here Catherine Deneuve plays a lone Belgian manicurist in swinging London, slowly going insane & drifting into psychopathic behaviour- somewhere between Blow Up (1966) & JG Ballard's book The Atrocity Exhibition (1968) in tone. Elements are shared with Hitchcock (notably Psycho) and later films such as Night of the Living Dead, Shivers (which has a not unsimilar hands through walls scene), Hellraiser (taking back men to kill)& parts of David Lynch- notably Mulholland Drive.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Polanski Rehabilitated 10 April 2007
Because Polanski made it as a popular Hollywood director it might be feared that his films would get the shoddy corporate reissue treatment, but this is a fantastic box-set worthy of any conscientious art-house dvd release. It's a beautifully put together package with booklet & lots of extras, documentaries & interviews etc plus a whole disc of early short films from the Poland days, some of which I hadn't seen & all of which are interesting. I'm sure everyone reading this has seen the 3 main movies in this box, they all stand up as classics, both Knife & Cul de Sac would figure in my all time favourites list and it is good to see them in new pristine prints that really capture that beautiful black & white cinematography.

Definitely worth picking up this box, especially at a nice cheap discount price.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Roman Polanski Collection 1 Sep 2009
The superlative director, Roman Polanski, has a collection here to be treasured. I last saw his superb film, Repulsion, some twenty years ago and watching it again here reminded me of the immense pleasure I reaped from his direction and, the excellent, possibly, her best, performance from Catherine Deneuve, as the fragile 'Carol'. Gil Taylor's masterful cinematography had me pausing and playing throughout my viewing, with his and Polanski's attention to detail, second to none. The use of lenses, shadows and framing had me salivating! I have re-viewed this film twice since.
Voted as one of my most respected films ever, Repulsion, has it all in hard black & white. With Director and Catherine Deneuve commentaries in addition to other extras, this is one heck of a movie experience.
In contrast, I had not seen Knife in the Water or Cul-de Sac before and both proved mesmeric to watch. Excellent performances from all actors with the usual attention to detail from Polanski and his team.
For 'the first time ever', Roman Polanski's 8 shorts on dvd was a real bonus. Polanski's attention to detail, yet again, developing through his early works, is wonderful to watch and make note of. His sensitivity to social injustices flourishing in these short works. A marvellous insight into the young directors psyche.
This collection goes to the top of the pile!
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