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Criterion Collection: Three Colors: Blue White Red (Bilingual) [Import]

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Product Details

  • Format: Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: French, Polish
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 4
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Criterion
  • Release Date: Nov. 15 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars 29 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B005HK13O0
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Three Colors: Blue, White, Red (Criterion Collection)

Blue is the first, and most somber, installment of the late Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski's trilogy on liberty, equality, and fraternity, the three principles represented by the colors of the French flag. As the film begins, a car accident claims the life of a well-known composer. His wife, played by Oscar® winner Juliette Binoche, does not so much put the pieces of her life back together as start an entirely new existence. She moves to Paris, where she dissolves into a wordless life virtually without other people. Kieslowski attaches an almost subconscious significance to the color blue, but primarily he focuses on Binoche's luminous face, and the way her subtle shifts in emotion flicker and disappear. The picture may be more enigmatic than its successors, but Binoche's quiet, heartbreaking presence becomes spellbinding; she won the best actress prize for the film at the Venice Film Festival in 1993. --Robert Horton

White is an ironic comedy brimming over with the hard laughs of despair, ecstasy, ambition, and longing, all played in a minor key. Down-and-out Polish immigrant Karol Karol is desperate to get out of France. He's obsessed with his French soon-to-be ex-wife (Before Sunrise's Julie Delpy), his French bank account is frozen, and he's fed up with the inequality of it all. Penniless, he convinces a fellow Pole to smuggle him home in a suitcase--which then gets stolen from the airport. The unhappy thieves beat him and dump him in a snowy rock pit. Things can only get better, right? The story evolves into a wickedly funny antiromance, an inverse Romeo and Juliet. Because it's in two foreign languages, the dialogue can be occasionally hard to follow, but some of the most genuinely funny and touching moments need no verbal explanation. --Grant Balfour

The final section of the trilogy is the least likely of the three to stand alone, and indeed benefits from a little familiarity with the first two parts. Nevertheless, it's a strong, unique piece that reflects upon the ubiquity of images in the modern world and the commensurate subjugation of meaningful communication. Irene Jacob plays a fashion model whose lovely face is hugely enlarged on a red banner no one in Paris can possibly miss seeing. Striking up a relationship with an embittered former judge (Jean-Louis Trintignant), who secretly scans his neighbors' conversations through electronic surveillance, Jacob's character becomes an aural witness to the secret lives of those we think we know. Kieslowski cleverly wraps up the trilogy with a device that brings together the principals of all three films. --Tom Keogh --This text refers to an alternate DVD edition.

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To begin, the Three Colors trilogy is a work of cinematic genius. It is a collection of three narratively unrelated, but thematically intertwined films that showcase the best of french cinema. This is not a review of the films though. This is a review of the Criterion collections re-release of the trilogy. The set (like all other criterion releases) is a perfect collection of this great trilogy. The box is a clean digipack with beautiful artwork showcasing the colour contrasts for each film. The set includes three blu ray disks and an accompanying booklet about Krzysztof Kie'lowski, the work that went into each film, and a very insightful description of the painstaking process Criterion underwent for the blu ray transfers. The disks themselves contain tons of behind the scenes extras and great present day interviews with the cast. Everything from the beautiful menu systems down the the blu ray transfers themselves, are top quality.

I have never been dissatisfied with a Criterion release. They put the very best into every set. Unfortunately the same cannot be said for a lot of the distribution companies these days, which makes Criterion Collection releases stand well above the rest.

I would recommend these films to anyone interested in film as art, and this box set does great justice to maintaining both the integrity and beauty of this trilogy.
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It is absolutely shocking that it has taken so long for this trilogy of masterpieces to reach DVD. These are, without a doubt, my favorite films of the 1990s. The late Kieslowski was working at the top of his game and his presence in filmmaking is sorely missed. Blue and Red are my favorites out of the three, with Juliette Binoche illuminating every scene. Red (which is set in Geneva and not Paris as the amazon review incorrectly states)is a brilliant way to wrap the trilogy. Irene Jacob sparring with the great Jean Louis Tritignant in their lovely and heartbreaking scenes. There are so many wonderful moments, including the final moment when Jacob's face on the giant billboard becomes a haunting coda that will reduce you to tears...simply because it is shear genius on Kieslowski's part. Like his contemporary Wim Wenders, Kieslowski marched to the beat of his own drum and gave the world beautiful, if not always easy, films to cherish.
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By E. A Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWER on Feb. 20 2012
Around here, red, white and blue are known as the colours of the American flag, and they are also the colours of the French flag. But they also are the names of the late Krzysztof Kieslowski's brilliant "Three Colours" trilogy, which has a delicacy that most directors can only dream of. Beautiful, painful, artfully shot, it's a visual feast for anyone who has an appreciation for beauty, subtlety and filmmaking.

In "Bleu," Julie de Courcy (Juliette Binoche) and her family are in a car accident when their brakes fail, and her husband and daughter are killed. Devastated, she leaves her palatial house in the country after a night with her husband's old friend Olivier (Benoît Régent), who has been in love with her for years. And though Julie tries to leave her old life behind, she is pulled in when Olivier starts to finish her husband's last composition -- and he tells her of a side of her husband that she never knew.

In the bitterly funny "Blanc," hairdresser Karol Karol (Zbigniew Zamachowski) is being coldly divorced by his beautiful wife Dominique (Julie Delpy) because she is sexually dissatisfied with him -- and she takes all his money too. But after returning to Poland, Karol rebuilds his life and fortune, and amid a web of killing, seduction and faked death, he comes up with a way to get back at Dominique...

And "Rouge" is the color of love. On her way home from a modelling session, Valentine (Irene Jacob) accidently injures a pregnant dog. The owner is Joseph Kern, (Jean-Louis Trintignant) an embittered ex-judge whose job has left him spiritually adrift, and who now spends his time wiretapping the phones of his neighbors and predicting what will happen in their lives.
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Thes movies are based on the three colors of the french flag and center around france, but journey all over Europe.
Blue is my favorite film, it is a tale of loss and over coming loss. Juliet Binenois(SP) plays a character who after losing her husband and daughter tries to give up on living, not suicide but isolation from her past. The music and the use of the color blue are magical. As Julie tries to isolate her self she still can't avoid human contact, and in the end she can not escape who and what she is. This a movie of realizing that life must continue after loss and that is a sin against ones self to denign what is great inside ones self.
White is a tale of revenge agaist an man who loves his wife and who was loved by his wife until his impotence destroys the marriage. The man knows that if he can have his wife leave france and go to his native poland than impotence will turn to ... lust and love. This is about how every man wants and how in desperation will do anything to love the one woman he desires most among others. This is the most comic of the trilogy and the vengence theme which I will not give away is comic as the need for vengeance and love often is.
The third tale is about the longing for life at any age and how we all find our true love when we don't expect it. The main character a young woman share two sides of simlar past 50 years appart. The color red is of course the color of the happiness and the hardship of love. This is the directors last movie before his death, This was a labor of love and all of these movies are jems of particular color and refinement.
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