(aka 'No End')

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Poland 1985

 

  Seen as the predecessor to Tri-Colors: Blue (1993), No End also focuses on the story of a woman coping with the sudden death of her husband. But while Blue works as a cinematic utterance of a psychological state, No End exemplifies Kieslowski's career-long interest on the connections between individual psyche and the politics of collective institutions. In the film, a woman's loss exists in constant dialogue with Poland's labor turmoil of the 1980s and the formation of the independent trade union "Solidarity."

Antek was one of the few lawyers willing to take on political cases in a period of enforced martial law. Upon his unexpected death, Antek's wife Ulla struggles to cope with her grief, but eventually takes on the task of finding another attorney to take over one of her husband’s cases and defend a man jailed for leading a labor strike. After connecting a colleague from Antek’s past with the prisoner’s wife, a series of mysterious signals make Ulla believe that Antek is warning her about the man chosen to replace him.

Featuring a haunting score by long-time collaborator Zbigniew Preisner (Tri-Colors Trilogy) and riveting performances by its leading cast, Kieslowski creates in No End a moment of mourning for both Ulla and a nation disenchanted with its present and future possibilities.

 

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Theatrical Release: January 18th, 2003 - Tokyo

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DVD Review: Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC

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Collection Boxset: Also available in the The Krzysztof Kieslowski Collection including: A Short Film About Love / Blind Chance / Camera Buff / No End / The Scar  / A Short Film About Killing !

    

    

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Distribution Kino Video Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime 1:43:00 
Video 1.64:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.34 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 (Dolby Digital 2.0) 
Subtitles English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.64:1

Edition Details:

• Interview with Cinematographer Jacek Petrycki (27:16)
• Interview with Actress Grazyna Szapolowska (6:39)
• The Office (B&W, 1966, 5 min) A short documentary by Krzysztof Kieslowski In Polish with English subtitles (5:32)
• Kieslowski Filmography (text)
• Theatrical Trailer (1:57)
• Kieslowski Trailer Gallery (5 Trailers - The Scar, Blind Chance, Camera Buff, A Short Film About Love, A Short Film About Killing)

DVD Release Date: August 17th, 2004, Boxset came out: August 16th, 2005

Keep Case in single edition, Slim Keep case inside cardboard box
Chapters: 16

 

 

Comments:

I found this image somewhat weaker than the others in the Boxset. Like the rest of the selections, it is non-progressive and exhibits combing in horizontal pans, but is also very dark in some scenes and there is a greenish haze to a lot of the image. It may very well have intended to be like this though. It is anamorphic, in and around the correct aspect ratio (1.66), acceptable sharpness, good removable subtitles, original audio and some fabulous extra features including interviews with Petrycki, and Szapolowska. The short by Kieslowski "The Office" is a nice supplement.

I suspect that this entire package has been ported from the existing French MK2 (non English subtitled) releases which Kino does quite frequently (they probably have some arrangement), including the extras - but Kino have thankfully added optional English subtitles. I found no visible proof that they were taken directly from PAL masters although there is evidence now that they are. Initially I thought this was quite expensive, but for what you get supplement-wise, it is quite understandable and if purchased in the Collection Boxset you can see a substantial savings. This is an absolute must-have DVD package and we give it a very high recommendation!

Gary W. Tooze

 





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Combing evident (in shirt)...
 

 

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Distribution Kino Video Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC




 

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