Polish Cinema on DVD

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#751 Post by L.A. » Mon Apr 12, 2021 10:45 am

Hopefully Wajda’s version gets a Blu-ray too someday. For now we can be thankful this one at least has a DVD with multiple subtitle options if I remember correctly (don’t own it myself unfortunately).

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#752 Post by djvaso » Tue Apr 13, 2021 9:41 am

I am very glad about "Pan Tadeusz" Blu-ray. I remember that the disc could be borrowed freely for the public screening ages ago.

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#753 Post by TMDaines » Thu Apr 15, 2021 5:25 am

L.A. wrote:
Mon Apr 12, 2021 9:57 am
Blu-rays of Pan Tadeusz, Pan Wołodyjowski and Potop available for purchase on April 15th. Hopefully with English subtitles. [-o<
Blu-rays of these titles have been available for years and were English-friendly, so not sure what is new. Frustratingly the third part of the trilogy still does not get a standalone release and is only available in the relatively much more expensive boxset.

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#754 Post by L.A. » Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:49 am

Oh that’s right, there was that box set.

Pan Tadeusz (1928) is finally available with English subtitles so that is definitely new.

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#755 Post by MichaelB » Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:56 am

There were also separate 2018 releases of Pan Wołodyjowski and Potop - I have both.

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#756 Post by L.A. » Thu Apr 15, 2021 7:21 am

I do have fond memories of ordering from Poland. Merlin.pl was my favorite eshop, mostly picked up those Telewizja Kino Polska sets which were at those days’ standards good. The packaging was possible the best that I have witnessed, something that could withstand even a bulldozer and usually there were cool catalogues and samples of Polish coffee included :D.

Of the KP releases I really wish they would upgrade the Pojechane w kosmos set with four rare Polish scifi films The Silent Star (1960), Sygnały MMXX (1970), Inquest of Pilot Pirx (1978) and Curse of Snakes Valley (1988). Especially TSS could use an upgrade because it was severely cropped.

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#757 Post by TMDaines » Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:07 am

MichaelB wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:56 am
There were also separate 2018 releases of Pan Wołodyjowski and Potop - I have both.
Me too. I just don't have the final film in the trilogy (based on the first book, but the third film shot and released) as for some reason it never gets a standalone release, and that boxset was so expensive in comparison to individual releases.

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#758 Post by djvaso » Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:29 am

TMDaines wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:07 am
MichaelB wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:56 am
There were also separate 2018 releases of Pan Wołodyjowski and Potop - I have both.
Me too. I just don't have the final film in the trilogy (based on the first book, but the third film shot and released) as for some reason it never gets a standalone release, and that boxset was so expensive in comparison to individual releases.
There is also a standalone release of "Ogniem i Mieczem" Blu-ray.

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#759 Post by Michael Kerpan » Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:41 pm

Dumb question time.

Are there any intelligent (and good looking), reasonably humorous Polish films on DVD/Bluray? (I've encountered some that are very dark, dark humor -- e.g., Three Colors: White -- but none that are lighter in tone).

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#760 Post by djvaso » Thu Apr 15, 2021 4:10 pm

The full list of titles that will appear in Filmoteka Narodowa store later this year:
1) Deluge I and II, dir. Jerzy Hoffman (reissue)
2) The Deluge Redivivus, dir. Jerzy Hoffman (reissue)
3) Mr. Wołodyjowski, dir. Jerzy Hoffman (reissue)
4) Pan Tadeusz, dir. Ryszard Ordyński
5) Agent no.1 (1972), dir. Zbigniew Kuźmiński
6) Akademia pana Kleksa 1 and 2 (1984), dir. Krzysztof Gradowski (reissue)
7) The Travels of Mr. Kleks 1 and 2 (1986), dir. Krzysztof Gradowski (reissue)
8) Mr. Kleks in Space 1 and 2 (1988), dir. Krzysztof Gradowski (reissue)
9) The Depot of the Dead (1959), dir. Czesław Petelski
10) The Deserters part. 1 and 2 (1986), dir. Janusz Majewski
11) Gangsters and philanthropists (1963), dir. Jerzy Hoffman, Edward Skórzewski (reissue)
12) Hubal (1973), dir. Bohdan Poręba
13) Karate Polish Style (1983), dir. Wojciech Wójcik
14) The Last Ferry (1989), dir. Waldemar Krzystek

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#761 Post by TMDaines » Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:42 am

djvaso wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 9:29 am
TMDaines wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 8:07 am
MichaelB wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 6:56 am
There were also separate 2018 releases of Pan Wołodyjowski and Potop - I have both.
Me too. I just don't have the final film in the trilogy (based on the first book, but the third film shot and released) as for some reason it never gets a standalone release, and that boxset was so expensive in comparison to individual releases.
There is also a standalone release of "Ogniem i Mieczem" Blu-ray.
Sorry, yes I remember now, but only in the very expensive releases with booklets (https://www.dvdmax.pl/ogniem-i-mieczem- ... ,art574217).

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#762 Post by MichaelB » Fri Apr 16, 2021 6:51 am

Michael Kerpan wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:41 pm
Dumb question time.

Are there any intelligent (and good looking), reasonably humorous Polish films on DVD/Bluray? (I've encountered some that are very dark, dark humor -- e.g., Three Colors: White -- but none that are lighter in tone).
Polish humour does tend towards the jet-black (with their history, this is hardly surprising), and most Polish comedies don't travel abroad except to well-defined Polish expat communities, but you might well enjoy Wojciech Marczewski's anti-censorship satire Escape from the 'Liberty' Cinema (1990), which is the best example I can think of that ticks all of your boxes.

This basically takes the concept of The Purple Rose of Cairo (Woody Allen generously let Marczewski use clips free of charge) and applies it to actors in a typical late-1980s Polish melodrama, the conceit being that they're so bored with the offensively sanitised drivel that they're having to perform in that they rebel onscreen, causing major headaches for the authorities in general and the local censor (the marvellously hangdog Janusz Gajos) in particular - who is less than ideal as a problem-solver as the actors have all had official run-ins with him in the past and are not remotely inclined to co-operate.

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#763 Post by Michael Kerpan » Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:16 am

Thank you, MichaelB -- Any (easy) way to see this?

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#764 Post by MichaelB » Fri Apr 16, 2021 9:37 am

It was once on Netflix, believe it or not, but it seems to have vanished. But there's a subtitled Polish Blu-ray, and Second Run put it out on DVD.

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#765 Post by Ogre Kovacs » Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:34 am

Michael Kerpan wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:41 pm
Dumb question time.

Are there any intelligent (and good looking), reasonably humorous Polish films on DVD/Bluray? (I've encountered some that are very dark, dark humor -- e.g., Three Colors: White -- but none that are lighter in tone).
I would perhaps suggest The Saragossa Manuscript. I was cracking up throughout the first time I saw it. It didn't hold up quite as well the second, but I probably had too many expectations from my first watch (something I am prone to). This often gets described as Buñuelian perhaps a bit superficially. I don't think it is quite as focused and razor sharp as Buñuel at his best, but gives a rough ballpark of the tone (I think) compared to other Polish films that I have seen.

Not sure if it is streaming anywhere. There was a subtitled Polish blu-ray and Mr. Bongo released it as well. Most people felt the Polish blu-ray was overly DNR'd and waxy. I think the Mr. Bongo is a direct port (or at least that is their usual practice).

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#766 Post by Michael Kerpan » Sat Apr 17, 2021 10:39 am

Thank you, Ogre K.

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Re: Polish Cinema on DVD

#767 Post by rapta » Wed May 05, 2021 6:54 pm

Ogre Kovacs wrote:
Sat Apr 17, 2021 9:34 am
Michael Kerpan wrote:
Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:41 pm
Dumb question time.

Are there any intelligent (and good looking), reasonably humorous Polish films on DVD/Bluray? (I've encountered some that are very dark, dark humor -- e.g., Three Colors: White -- but none that are lighter in tone).
I would perhaps suggest The Saragossa Manuscript. I was cracking up throughout the first time I saw it. It didn't hold up quite as well the second, but I probably had too many expectations from my first watch (something I am prone to). This often gets described as Buñuelian perhaps a bit superficially. I don't think it is quite as focused and razor sharp as Buñuel at his best, but gives a rough ballpark of the tone (I think) compared to other Polish films that I have seen.

Not sure if it is streaming anywhere. There was a subtitled Polish blu-ray and Mr. Bongo released it as well. Most people felt the Polish blu-ray was overly DNR'd and waxy. I think the Mr. Bongo is a direct port (or at least that is their usual practice).
Just got hold of all three volumes of the 'Masterpieces of Polish Cinema' Blu-ray sets and this is one of the titles in there. Will be curious to see how it compares to the Mr. Bongo disc (and will also compare Knife in the Water, Hourglass Sanatorium and the Kieslowski titles at some point, plus Mother Joan of the Angels which I have on DVD).

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