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Roman Polanski Box Set [DVD]
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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).
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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.Read more ›
Definitely worth picking up this box, especially at a nice cheap discount price.
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!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Essential for Polanski's fans and also useful for bookish about his moviesPublished 9 months ago by Alberto
Great collection, however, the lack of subtitles is a glaring omission.Published 10 months ago by M Haque