If you've seen the trailer, you've seen the best that this film has to offer; the rest is visually stunning (but uninspiring) filler. Poland defeated the Bolsheviks decisively in the 1920 battle for Warsaw, but "Bitwa Warszawska" twists the ropes of that great historical encounter into pure bathos.
With a couple of exceptions (e.g., Adam Ferency as the rabid communist Bukowski, or Olga Kabo as his disillusioned "war" wife), the actors, especially the beautiful Natasza Urbanska, give leaden portrayals of the film's various fictional and historical personalities, and I was particularly disappointed by the stilted caricature of Marshal Pilsudski by one of Poland's finest actors, Daniel Olbrychski. To be fair, though, the mawkish screenplay provided little in the way of theatrical nourishment for this film's characters.
Apparently, this is Poland's first foray into 3-D, but I bought the 2-D dvd, and thought that, in general, the video quality was very good. It is also worth mentioning, though, that the musical score, so important to a movie of such grand pretensions, was a lackluster rehash from the director's "Deluge" trilogy, and could have used a fresher slant from a John Williams or Zbigniew Preisner. .
At the end of the day, if you're evenly remotely interested in the significance of this great historical conflict between Poland and the young Soviet empire (led by Lenin, Trotsky, Stalin, et al), you'd be much better served by reading Adam Zamoyski's short book, "Warsaw 1920," or "White Eagle Red Star" by Norman Davies. You're sure not going to gain much insight or depth through this plot-challenged, battle-heavy, movie hodgepodge. [There is also an interesting book, "Kosciuszko, We Are Here: American Pilots of the Kosciuszko Squadron in Defense of Poland, 1919-1921" by Janusz Cisek, which adds a valuable perspective to this combat].
TECHNICAL POINT: Although the product details indicate that this dvd is PAL (Region 2), the disc that I received from Poland plays on my regular dvd player. I have a region-free OPPO which plays both PAL and NTSC dvds, but when I first got "Bitwa ..." in the mail, I accidentally put it into my non-region-free Pioneer dvd player and ultimately discovered that it plays fine in both players. [The product details on the back of the Polish disc jacket indicate that this is a DVD 9, and I've read that copy production flags or region codes can't ordinarily be encrypted onto these kinds of discs. Consequently, they play in all regions].