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(aka "Zimna wojna")

 

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski
Poland | UK | France 2018

 

Pawe Pawlikowski follows his Oscar-winning Ida with the stunning Cold War, an epic romance set against the backdrop of Europe after World War II. Shot in luminous black and white, it s a wistful and dreamlike journey through a divided continent and a heartbreaking portrait of ill-fated love.

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Poland in the late ’40s was a country in ruins, still ravaged by the effects of having not one, but two of the most brutal armies in modern history fighting their way across it. It’s here that writer-director Pawel Pawlikowski sets Cold War, his first film since 2013 Oscar-winner Ida. Taking loose inspiration from his parents’ lives, he’s created something that’s moving, rich with period detail and startlingly well-acted.

With the country’s newly created Communist government attempting to connect with its rurally based citizens, it sends a bunch of urban intellectual types round the country to record traditional folk music and recruit its performers to restage their traditional dances and songs. It’s all in the name of propaganda — the music is used to deify Stalin in a series of performance scenes that capture the weird tyrannophile kitsch typical of Communism at the time.

Excerpt from Empire (UK) located HERE

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Theatrical Release: May 10th, 2018 (Cannes Film Festival)

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Review: Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Artificial Eye - Region 'B' - Blu-ray
Runtime 1:28:00.583        
Video

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 29,798,087,060 bytes

Feature: 24,174,120,960 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.72 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio

DTS-HD Master Audio Polish 1921 kbps 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1921 kbps / 16-bit (DTS Core: 5.1 / 48 kHz / 1509 kbps / 16-bit)
LPCM Audio Polish 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Audio Descriptive for the Visually impaired:

LPCM Audio English 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit)

Subtitles English, English (SDH), None
Features Release Information:
Studio:
Artificial Eye

 

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 29,798,087,060 bytes

Feature: 24,174,120,960 bytes

Video Bitrate: 28.72 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• The Sound of Cold War Featurette (8:42)
• Behind the Scenes (13:27)
• Lyric Video (1:38)
• Behind the Music (1:07)
• Trailer (1:55)


Blu-ray Release Date:
January 7th, 2019
Standard Blu-ray Case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were taken directly from the Blu-ray disc.

Artificial Eye Lorber present another masterpiece from Pawel Pawlikowski on Blu-ray. It's on a dual-layered Blu-ray in 1080P with a high bitrate. As with his 2013 film Ida, this is shot in 1.37:1 and in compelling black and white. It looks marvelous - both due to the adept transfer and cinematographer Lukasz Zal. It is filled with Tarkovsky-like visions of winter forests, ruins, subtle framing... contrast is immaculately layered. Detail is very strong and the image quality is at the high end in the high resolution. In a word 'Wow'.  

The music in Cold War is a large part of the film experience. Artificial Eye transfer the film's audio in the options of a DTS-HD Master 5.1 track (16-bit) or a linear PCM 2.0 channel in the original Polish with some French, German, Russian, Italian and Croatian. There is also an English descriptive audio track for the visually impaired. The film has some wonderful music including Polish tunes 'Oj dana moja dana, nie wyjde za Pana' performed by Wieslawa Gromadzka, Jan Wochniak & Piotr Sikora, 'Dwa serduszka' performed by Gabriela Kmon, Zespól Piesni i Tanca Mazowsze & Joanna Kulig and much more that extols the power of the human voice reminding me of the centuries-old singing style of the 'Bulgarian State Television Female Vocal Choir' who perform traditional folk melodies. There are sometimes soloists, duets, trios or entire ensembles and it is incredible. As the film changes tones it moves to Jazz with George Gershwin,
Cole Porter (performed by Miles Davis) sometimes preformed by Piotr Zalipski and and there is classical including Frédéric Chopin,  culminating with the Goldberg Variations 'Aria' by Johann Sebastian Bach performed by Glenn Gould (NOTE: I have considered this particular piece the most perfect music that I have been exposed to - for many years now.)  It all sounds incredible in the lossless/uncompressed. There are optional English or English (SDH) subtitles on this Region 'B' Blu-ray.

There are some videos for the
Blu-ray's supplements. It starts with a 9-minute The Sound of Cold War featurette discussing the film's soundstage with the director and composer Marcin Masecki. There is 13-minutes of Behind the Scenes footage, a short beautiful Lyric Video, and another even shorter piece entitled 'Behind the Music'. Lastly is a trailer.

Once again I am blown away by the brilliance of Pawel Pawlikowski. I was overwhelmed with the beauty in
Ida and Cold War is complimenting a highly effective interpersonal story with deeply impacting, emotional, music and singing. It's glorious with melancholy elements. It's the best film I have seen this, admittedly early, year.  The Blu-ray transfer is wonderfully supportive with a grand lossless track and a few tidbit supplements. This has our very highest recommendation! So impressive...

Gary Tooze

 


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