Dekalog (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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This masterwork by Krzysztof Kie lowski (Three Colors) is one of the twentieth century s greatest achievements in visual storytelling. Originally made for Polish television, Dekalog focuses on the residents of a housing complex in post-Communist Poland, whose lives become subtly intertwined as they face emotional dilemmas that are at once deeply personal and universally human. Using the Ten Commandments for thematic inspiration and an overarching structure, Dekalog s ten hour-long films deftly grapple with complex moral and existential questions concerning life, death, love, hate, truth, and the passage of time. Shot by nine different cinematographers, with stirring music by Zbigniew Preisner (The Double Life of VĂ©ronique) and compelling performances from established and unknown actors alike, Dekalog arrestingly explores the unknowable forces that shape our lives. Also presented are the longer theatrical versions of Dekalog s fifth and sixth films: A Short Film About Killing and A Short Film About Love.

FOUR-BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION COLLECTOR S SET FEATURES
- New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
- New high-definition digital restorations of A Short Film About Killing and A Short Film About Love, with uncompressed monaural soundtracks
- Selection of archival interviews with director Krzysztof Kie lowski, culled from footage from the 1987 production of Dekalog: Two, excerpts from the 1995 documentary A Short Film About Dekalog, and a 1990 audio recording from the National Film Theatre in London
- New program on the visual rhyming of Dekalog by film studies professor Annette Insdorf
- New and archival interviews with Dekalog cast and crew, including cowriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz, thirteen actors, three cinematographers, editor Ewa Smal, and Kie lowski's confidante Hanna Krall
- Trailers
- PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay and film analyses by film scholar Paul Coates and excerpted reprints from Kie lowski on Kie lowski
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