- Actors: Zbigniew Cybulski, Kazimierz Opalinski, Iga Cembrzynska-Kondratiuk, Joanna Jedryka, Aleksander Fogiel
- Directors: Wojciech Jerzy Has
- Format: Anamorphic, DVD-Video, PAL, Widescreen
- Language: Polish
- Subtitles: English
- Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Number of discs: 1
- Classification: 15
- Studio: Mr Bongo Films
- DVD Release Date: 26 Mar. 2008
- Run Time: 175 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- ASIN: B0013KAAX8
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 91,692 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
The Saragossa Manuscript - (Mr Bongo Films) (1965) [DVD]
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During Napoleon's invasion of Spain, two soldiers discover a strange manuscript at an Inn. The book chronicles the adventures of Alfonso van Worden (Zbigniew Cybulski - Ashes and Diamonds). Alfonso's passage through the dangerous Sierra Morena Mountains is repeatedly interrupted by seemingly random encounters with an assortment of larger than life figures. Tunisian princesses inform Alfonso that he is their cousin and their betrothed; an occult scholar ensnares Alfonso with confounding stories about feuds between Merchants and hardships faced by gypsies. And of course, Alfonso never did expect the Spanish Inquisition.
Adapted from explorer Jan Potocki's magnum opus, Wojciech J. Has's The Saragossa Manuscript is a major cult film of the 1960s. Its admirers include film-makers Luis Buñuel and David Lynch as well as musician Jerry Garcia of The Grateful Dead. Its approach to storytelling, admiringly described by comics artist Neil Gaiman as 'a labyrinth inside a maze', features stories within stories; alternatively frightening and comical in its mind-bending exploration of human nature.
I love the Saragossa Manuscript...exceptional --Luis Buñuel
Simultaneously horrific, erotic and funny ... this is one mother of a film --David Lynch
You don't have to take drugs to watch this movie (Jerry Garcia's favorite), but you may need some afterward --Bright Lights Film Journal
Top Customer Reviews
This blu-ray is lovely. It's region free, uncut and has pristine 1080p HD picture quality. Polish audio and optional English subtitles.
Extras are trailers and text (Polish only) and a nice colour booklet with Polish text.
PAL DVD 9 Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio 2:25:1
Running Time 176 minutes
Polish with English subtitles
Licensed from Jeck Films
During the Napoleonic wars in Spain, two soldiers from opposing sides become fascinated by the same object. A French officer finds a manuscript on the second floor of a tavern, but is soon captured by the Spanish. The Spaniard seeing the importance of the tome translates it to the Frenchman who is unable to read the book as it is written in Spanish. The book describes the adventures of one of the Spaniard's ancestors, Alfonse Van Worden (Zbigniew Cybulski). Humorously, when the Spanish troops tell their commander "we are being surrounded" he only tells them "close the door, you are letting in a draft."
Alfonse Van Worden is trying to pass the Sierra Morena Mountains of Spain in the 18th century on his way to Madrid. But his passage is no simple task, as ghosts, gypsies and inquisitors complicate his voyage. At the inn cared for by people too afraid to spend the night there themselves, Van Worden is taken to a basement by a mysterious woman. He meets two beautiful Moorish princesses that make him drink from a chalice made from a human skull. He wakes up on the hillside near two hanging men with many skulls strewn about the ground.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It has the look of a Spaghetti Western but done in Polish. Groundhog Day for mystics. It helps if you know something of Sufi methods. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Zigguratclimber
I bought both DVD & Blu-ray. I am very please with the BR & will donate my older Mr Bongo DVD to the charity shop.Published 21 months ago by Colin Spacecraft Man
The Saragossa Manuscript (1965)
When one character states in The Saragossa Manuscript "All these adventures begin simply. Read more
Long and sometimes boring film with some very effective scenes and the ambitions to transpose one of the most mysterious and hard to visualize books ever written. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Elleppi
As extraordinary now as it was when I saw it around 1967. I think I almost understand it now — certainly this is a better (restored) cut than I recall first go round at... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Malcolm Redfellow
This review is for the Mr Bongo DVD, which I watched last week. It's a beautiful crisp 2.35:1 image and it looks wonderful. Read morePublished on 16 April 2015 by NGH Garlick
An extraordinary work! I had the good fortune to see this at the Polish consulate in London in late 1966 or early 1967—shortly after it was released. Read morePublished on 9 Mar. 2015 by alan james geik