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Warszawa [DVD] [2003] [US Import]
Warszawa [DVD] [2003] [US Import]
Offered by PolartVideoUK
Price: £17.74

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars There is so much suspense the movie is nearly a thriller, 29 July 2010
Warszawa (Warsaw) brings us into a day in the life of several people. The story all takes place in Warsaw, the capital of Poland. Even though it is a big city, it is small enough that nearly all of the charters in the story have at least a brush encounter with each other within 24 hours. Although there are many people we meet in the story, the two that stand out are Klara (Agnieszka Grochowska) and Wiktoria (Dominika Ostalowska), who just arrive in the city.

Klara is new to the city and it appears she has a lot of hope for a new life there. By chance, she meets a guy named Pawel Nowak on the train into the city. He has a shaved head and it looks like he could be a tough guy. He takes a liking to her right away and I could honestly say that I had almost no idea what will happen next with them.

Wiktoria hitchhikes into the city and her driver is a man named Andrzej. He is suspicious in just about everything he does and is mysterious with what he really wants from her. We also see a couple people that live in the city; they wander its streets for different reasons and are part of its fabric. All of the people we get to know in the story don't have the easiest time but that adds a realistic element to it.

Warszawa has an intricate story with many people involved and figuring out where it is going next is part of the fun. The story unfolds in an unusual way but that is what makes Warszawa so appealing. There is a lot of tension from not knowing how the girls will get by and not trusting the guy's motivation. I would say there is so much suspense the movie is nearly a thriller.


All will be well / Wszystko będzie dobrze (2007)(DVD)
All will be well / Wszystko będzie dobrze (2007)(DVD)
Dvd ~ Robert Wieckiewicz
Offered by AVALON
Price: £17.98

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful drama about a young boy and his ambitions to help his sick mother, 25 July 2010
All Will Be Well (Wszystko Bedzie Dobrze) is a powerful drama about a young boy and his ambitions to help his sick mother. Pawel (Adam Werstak) and his brother care for their mother who is mostly bedridden. He knows his mother made a promise to the Black Madonna of Czestochowa that she did not keep. He believes if he goes to Czestochowa himself, he can make up for her broken promise and that she may be miraculously cured. Pawel decides to make the trek to Czestochowa on foot, running there. His coach from school, Andrzej (Robert Wieckiewicz), decides to go along with him.

I think All Will Be Well is a very touching and emotional story. Both Pawel and Andrzej have their own problems but help each other. Their journey is a test for both of them but also an experience for personal growth. Although the film is mostly serious, it also has some great moments of humor too. The movie is outstanding because the music and story blend together perfectly. The music is beautiful and has an unmistakable Michal Lorenc feeling to it. This is the type of film that makes Polish cinema special and truly enjoyable.

Wszystko Bedzie Dobrze is directed by Tomasz Wiszniewski. His earlier work, Where Eskimos Live, has some similarities to this one. Both are very emotional stories and are about a man helping a boy. But the help isn't just a small deed but one in which they face a great challenge. Although both movies are very different, if you liked Where Eskimos Live, I suspect that you will also like this one.


Queen Bona / Krolowa Bona (4 DVD) Janusz Majewski
Queen Bona / Krolowa Bona (4 DVD) Janusz Majewski
Dvd ~ Aleksandra Slaska
Offered by Amazin' Movie Store
Price: £16.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great tribute to Bona Sforza, the Queen of Poland, 25 July 2010
Krolowa Bona (Queen Bona) is a historic epic set in the 16th century. It is a twelve episode TV series produced by Polish Television. Each episode begins with a quick summary of what has happened up to now to give a brief orientation and reference to what will happen next. Most of the story revolves around the Queen Bona, who came from Italy to be the second wife of Sigismund I the Old. She brought with her a weathy dowery and just as many ideas to improve the condtion of Poland.

When Queen Bona came to Poland, she treated it as her own country. She takes her responsibility very serious and did all she could to be a good Queen. Queen Bona has a lot of things to keep her worried with enemies such as the Hapsburgs, the Turks and the Tartars. In Poland, she faces many problems because much of the country is not developed to her liking. But in time, she turns wastelands into sources of gold.

Bona despises and distrusts the Hapsburgs more than anyone in the kingdom of Poland. And her distrust of them was truly foresight as the future shows their intentions were not good. The politics, the eavesdropping, and the gossiping are enough to make someone's head spin and would rival any soap opera.

Although Bona is a strong leader, she isn't a feminist in the least. She listens to her husband and embraces her role as a woman and queen. She endlessly worries about the future of the Jagiellonian dynasty and producing male heirs to continue their legacy. She is not only concerned for herself, but her family and Poland, her new country.

This TV series is a great tribute to Bona Sforza, the Queen of Poland. From the supurb acting to the stunning costumes, Krolowa Bona is a serial of the highest caliber. This series brings history to life and is a great outline of 16th century Polish history. Watching this series is like a crash course in 16th century Polish history. It doesn't focus on any battles but rather the politics of the time. Krolowa Bona is an absolutely wonderful series and perfect for those who enjoy historical films.


Magiczne Drzewo / The Magic Tree DVD Poland
Magiczne Drzewo / The Magic Tree DVD Poland

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Stories in which just about anything can happen and are appealing for those with hearts that love imagination, 25 July 2010
Magiczne Drzewo (The Magic Tree) is an Emmy Award winning Polish TV series geared at children directed by Andrzej Maleszka. It consists of seven episodes that are like short movies. They are not connected sequentially but by the basic plot that sets the story. Each episode has the same introduction showing us how an old Oak tree is hit by lightning and falls to the ground. This is no ordinary tree, but a magical one. After its wood is sent around the world for various products, strange events start to happen.

All of the main characters in each of the stories are children, but this series will amuse adults too. The products from the magic tree all have unusual powers. These include: a sled that will obey its owner's commands; a dice with white and black circles on it, and when rolled, bringing luck or misfortune depending on which color comes up; a magic pencil that has the power to make whatever is drawn come to life; a scepter that has the power to make its owners commands come to life in their most literal sense; and even wooden shoes that make the wishes of the person who wears them come true.

As you can imagine, these powerful objects in the hands of children brings them great adventures, but they also learn a lesson from their escapades. These are stories in which just about anything can happen and are appealing for those with hearts that love imagination. I think all seven episodes are well done and quite remarkable. Magiczne Drzewo is great entertainment for the whole family.


Czterej Pancerni i pies 7 DVD no metal BOX (Four tank men and a dog)
Czterej Pancerni i pies 7 DVD no metal BOX (Four tank men and a dog)
Dvd ~ Janusz Gajos
Offered by AVALON
Price: £29.98

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An icon of Polish television, 25 July 2010
Czterej Pancerni i Pies (Four Tank Men and a Dog) is a classic Polish TV series spanning three seasons, 21 episodes, and over 1100 minutes. It is a serial drama that has plenty of action set toward the end of World War II. It follows the adventures of four tank men and a dog in the Red Army as they repulse the Germans from Poland and follows them all the way to Berlin and the close of the war. They are in a Polish division that was formed of those who wanted to help expel the fascists. Made when the Soviet Union controlled Poland, it shows us solidarity and friendship between Poland and Russia. One of the tank men is Georgian, so all the more showing unity among the Soviet block countries against the Germans.

Each episode has some type of action. There are tank battles and skirmishes of all types. My favorite episode was when they go into an underground German base. The action is balanced with drama and romance. Janek Kos (Janusz Gajos), one of the tank men, has all the luck with the ladies. A pretty Pole in uniform named Lidka (Malgorzata Niemirska) and a gorgeous Russian named Marusia (Pola Raksa), both fall for Janek. Between the action and the romance, there is something for everyone.

Furthermore, Janek is also the owner of Szarik, the German Shepard that accompaies the tank men on their adventures. Franciszek Pieczka, one of my favorite Polish actors, plays Gustaw. Gustaw is one of the tank men and is known for his physical strength. All of the Polish and Russian charters are very likeable, while their enemy is quite the opposite. Most of the Germans are portrayed as an angry and evil enemy.

Despite the pro-Russian side to Czterej Pancerni i Pies, it has always remained popular. Their tank, which has 102 painted on its side and nicknamed Rudy, is part of pop culture. Even the music that is played during the credits at the beginning of each episode is great and unforgettable. If one is into Polish cinema, it is vital to watch Czterej Pancerni i Pies as it is an icon of Polish television and great entertainment.


Galerianki / Mall Girls (DVD )A. Barcis D. Krasowska
Galerianki / Mall Girls (DVD )A. Barcis D. Krasowska
Dvd ~ Artur Barcis

5.0 out of 5 stars not some cute teen movie about girls shopping, 23 July 2010
Galerianki (Mall Girls) is not some cute teen movie about girls shopping. It is the story of a group of young teens that do sexual favors in exchange for various things they want at the mall. But it is more than just the story of fourteen-year-old prostitutes, as the story is really about a girl named Alicja (Anna Karczmarczyk) who becomes friends with a group of young sluts. Alicja wants to fit in and have friends, but she doesn't realize that some friends are more trouble than they are worth.

These girls are very immature and it shows. They are fowl mouthed and annoying. They judge the worth of someone by how new and flashy their cell phone is. Overall, I found the story to be very sad. Seeing Alicja, who was a good girl, slowly turn into a skank because of peer pressure and wanting to fit in is truly heartbreaking.

The movie is shocking for several reasons including the fact that they are so young. The lead roles are played exceptionally well and are totally believable. It is especially notable as it is the first movie for Anna Karczmarczyk and Dagmara Krasowska (who plays the leader of the bad seeds). Their interplay works great and really makes the story come alive.

Galerianki is Katarzyna Roslaniec's debut feature film. Roslaniec did an exceptional job writing and directing this film. The director also made a short in 2006 with the same title three years earlier. Galerianki reminds me of Czesc Tereska but is less artsy. I am sure there is going to be some British fellow who may think I don't get out much and that nothing in the movie is shocking, but to each their own opinion. Galerianki is great for those who enjoy strong dramas.


How I Unleashed WWII Bundle Pack [DVD]
How I Unleashed WWII Bundle Pack [DVD]

5.0 out of 5 stars this movie is hilarious and is one of those classics that never gets old, 5 July 2010
How I Unleashed WWII (Jak rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa) is a classic Polish comedy broken into three parts. The story begins on the night before the German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939. The main character, Franek Dolas, believes he started World War II by a mishap he caused. Franek overslept while on a train that entered the German border and fired a shot at a German. From there all hell broke loose and the war erupted, while Franek was quickly captured and sent to a POW camp.

In part one, our hero wiggles his way out of the German prison camp and treks across Europe to Greece, hoping to rejoin the Polish army. He makes some friends as well as trouble along the way. From there, in part two, he is forced into service in the French Foreign Legion in the Middle East. He manages to escape their service and joins the British, which has some of my favorite parts of the movie. Franek even manages to single handedly take on the Italian army. The story concludes, in part three, with Franek returning to Poland.

Franek Dolas could be aptly described as an accident-prone guy that has just as much bad luck as dumb luck. He uses his wits to confront his difficulties but manages to bumble his way out of trouble despite it anyway. As you can imagine, this movie is hilarious and is one of those classics that never gets old.

Jak rozpetalem druga wojne swiatowa is written and directed by Tadeusz Chmielewski. Despite being a war movie, it is so not serious that it appeals to even those who are not interested in the war. Although How I Unleashed WWII is probably Chmielewski's best-known film, his other well-known movies include Nie lubie poniedzialku (1971) and Wiosna, panie sierzancie (1974).


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5.0 out of 5 stars An icon of Polish television, 29 Jun. 2010
Czterej Pancerni i Pies (Four Tank Men and a Dog) is a classic Polish TV series spanning three seasons, 21 episodes, and over 1100 minutes. It is a serial drama that has plenty of action set toward the end of World War II. It follows the adventures of four tank men and a dog in the Red Army as they repulse the Germans from Poland and follows them all the way to Berlin and the close of the war. They are in a Polish division that was formed of those who wanted to help expel the fascists. Made when the Soviet Union controlled Poland, it shows us solidarity and friendship between Poland and Russia. One of the tank men is Georgian, so all the more showing unity among the Soviet block countries against the Germans.

Each episode has some type of action. There are tank battles and skirmishes of all types. My favorite episode was when they go into an underground German base. The action is balanced with drama and romance. Janek Kos (Janusz Gajos), one of the tank men, has all the luck with the ladies. A pretty Pole in uniform named Lidka (Malgorzata Niemirska) and a gorgeous Russian named Marusia (Pola Raksa), both fall for Janek. Between the action and the romance, there is something for everyone.

Furthermore, Janek is also the owner of Szarik, the German Shepard that accompaies the tank men on their adventures. Franciszek Pieczka, one of my favorite Polish actors, plays Gustaw. Gustaw is one of the tank men and is known for his physical strength. All of the Polish and Russian charters are very likeable, while their enemy is quite the opposite. Most of the Germans are portrayed as an angry and evil enemy.

Despite the pro-Russian side to Czterej Pancerni i Pies, it has always remained popular. Their tank, which has 102 painted on its side and nicknamed Rudy, is part of pop culture. Even the music that is played during the credits at the beginning of each episode is great and unforgettable. If one is into Polish cinema, it is vital to watch Czterej Pancerni i Pies as it is an icon of Polish television and great entertainment.


Tatarak Andrzej Wajda (Sweet Rush) DVD - the newest Film by Wajda
Tatarak Andrzej Wajda (Sweet Rush) DVD - the newest Film by Wajda
Dvd ~ Krystyna Janda
Offered by AVALON
Price: £13.98

4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Tatarak (Sweet Rush) is a story that has two levels and is presented in a way that is very unusual, 29 Jun. 2010
Tatarak (Sweet Rush) is a story that has two levels and is presented in a way that is very unusual. There is the short story based on Jaroslaw Iwaszkiewicz's work and there is a personal monologue by Krystyna Janda that mirrors it. I would say Tatarak is even unusual compared to Andrzej Wajda's other work, but not entirely as his film Everything for Sale (1969) is also a memorial that blends actuality with fiction.

The title of the movie gives us an idea of what the movie is about and where it will take us. Tatarak (Sweet Rush) is a plant that grows along rivers that can smell fragrant when rubbed between one's fingers but like death when the reeds are crushed.

Mrs. Marta (Krystyna Janda) lives in a small town somewhere in Poland. Her husband is a doctor (Jan Englert) who keeps himself busy with his work but she never complains. Their two sons passed away in the war and there is an element of sadness still in them because of that. Living in a town where everyone knows each other by name, Mrs. Marta befriends a young man who is younger than her sons would have been. Their meetings give her a new energy but their time together is short and ends unexpectadly.

Janda's monologue gives us insight into her life, which also has parallels with some parts of the story. Her story is tragically sad but also gripping. Considering that Krystyna Janda's acting debut was in Wajda's Man of Marbel (1977), it is fitting that over twenty years later they work together again on such a personally meaningful film. Tatarak is dedicated to Krystyna Janda's late husband, Edward Klosinski, who was the cinematographer for Man of marble and dozens of other Polish films.


Pregi (The Welts) DVD Polish Film Reg 2
Pregi (The Welts) DVD Polish Film Reg 2
Dvd ~ Michal Zebrowski

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An exceptional movie and has a quality about it that is sure to impress, 29 Jun. 2010
The Welts (Pregi) is a dramatic, as well as a bit artsy, film about abuse. Andrzej Winkler (Jan Frycz) is trying to raise his son right and is one that doesn't spare the rod to do so. His son, Wojciech, is a smart aleck and doesn't have much luck considering how much goes wrong for him giving his father many reasons to punish him. The story takes place in two time periods; we see Wojciech as a 12 year old (Waclaw Adamczyk) and as an adult (Michal Zebrowski). This gives us time to see what shaped Wojciech and the results it had on him.

One can't help but wonder if Wojciech's bad behavior leads to him to being punished or if the punishment is leading him to misbehave. There is something very tragic about the story but this may be part of what makes it so powerful. The story itself is intense and the great acting and powerful music at just the right moments only make it more so. Although the movie is about a very serious subject, there are moments of humor here and there that lighten the mood unexpectedly. I have to say, please don't think the movie is all gloom and doom as hope for something better is always there.

Although the name The Welts may seem a bit odd for a title, it will seem most appropriate by the time you finish watching it. The Welts is an exceptional movie and has a quality about it that is sure to impress. I highly recommend this film for everyone.


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