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The Saragossa Manuscript - (Mr Bongo Films) (1965) [DVD]

4.4 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews


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  • 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)
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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.

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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

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A classic, sprawling labyrinthine fantasy with horror overtones. Can't really go into the story as it's too convoluted but weirdly easy to follow when watching. It's beautifully shot and engrossing despite its 4 hour running time.

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.
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A classic of polish cinema and a crazed, strange, mystical journey with an early Penderecki music score! This Polish blu-ray is beautifully packaged and has English subtitles! Excellent, crisp picture and audio. A must have for lovers of world cinema.
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Mr Bongo really did a great job with this movie. This is a dream come true for the surrealist at heart or people who just love oniric/labyrinthian films. Excellent transfer and definitely worth the money!!

SPECIFICATIONS:
PAL DVD 9 Dual Layer
Aspect Ratio 2:25:1
Running Time 176 minutes
Stereo 2.0
Polish with English subtitles
Licensed from Jeck Films
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The finest and most compete edition of this legendary puzzle-box of a film one will find.
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People have loved storytelling since the beginning of time. Stories that captivate us, stories that give us chills, stories that excite us, and stories that make us think are all great, but some stories do all of these such as The Saragossa Manuscript (Rekopis znaleziony w Saragossie). The Saragossa Manuscript is quite possibly one of the best Polish films ever made and is one of my favorites. Based on the novel written by Jan Potocki, this classic Polish movie directed by Wojciech Has is not straightforward, but rather resembles a complicated tapestry.

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.
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Most people reading these reviews are probably familiar with the actual film itself. It is an excellent and influential film that has won worldwide acclaim. This excellent Blu-Ray version is magnificent. The clarity and richness of the image makes this one of the finest presentations of the film that anyone could wish for. The subtitles are clear and easy to read, and the sound is beautiful Mono. This is a Digi-Book presentation, and all of the text is in Polish, which, unfortunately, I cannot read. However, the accompanying photos are wonderful. The disc shipped from Krakow, Poland and is Region Free. Simply put, this disc is a treat.
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Splendid transaction - recommended!
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