directed by Andrzej Wajda
Poland 19
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  Andrzej Wajda's profound psychological study of a man who accidentally kills a schoolmate in a brawl and is imprisoned. He is released with the onset of World War II, only to be locked up once more, but in the Warsaw Ghetto. Again he escapes and finds himself trapped, this time in a world of non-Jews where the threat of capture is ever-present. This powerful film makes extraordinary use of naturalistic symbols.

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Theatrical Release: September 11th, 1961

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DVD Review: Facets Video - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Facets Video - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 59:46 
Video 2.12:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.29 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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

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Audio Polish (mono) 
Subtitles English, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Facets Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 2.12:1

Edition Details:

• Director bio (text)
• Credits (text)

DVD Release Date: December 28th, 2004

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There is no real defense for this DVD. The image is in deplorable condition with very noticeable damage marks and tell-tale signs it was transferred from analog. Although it is 16X9 enhanced, the idea behind that principle is to convert unused portions of horizontal black and filter/concentrate the usable data stream towards the film image. However, as you can see by the screen captures there is a large black border on the right edge of the DVD image. This wasted space detracts from maximizing the horizontal resolution - effectively we say the image is not 'tight'. Grey tones and contrast are flickering quite heavily in this presentation and grain is excessive. Chroma is evident. Audio is as poor as the image. This really looks like a VHS to single layered DVD. On the positive, the image does improve as the film progresses and the subtitles are removable - although they are of the most atrocious yellow font. Extras are non-existent and quite a waste as the film is less than an hour long. This DVD is only recommend for the most devout Wajda fan who cannot find this in another, less expensive, medium. Facets are gaining the reputation of being the opposite side of the spectrum to Criterion. out of

Gary W. Tooze

 





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