(aka 'The Scar')

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Poland 1976

 

  Kryzysztof Kieslowski's feature film debut, The Scar presages his future triumphs Camera Buff and Blind Chance in its even handed social critique and richly personal characterizations. A former documentary filmmaker, Kieslowski here weaves a story of contradiction, compromise and hypocrisy that is both objective and incisive. As a drama of the shifting fortunes of a massive rural factory project, The Scar pits community against government, environment against industry and ambition against responsibility.

"Is everything under control?" demands an ambitious small town Polish Communist official preparing to receive a delegation from Warsaw. At stake is a large fertilizer factory contract that would mean hundreds of jobs for a dirt poor rural province. But winning the contract creates more problems than it solves as politicians, environmentalists, displaced citizens and journalists alike inadvertently plumb the gap between rigid state socialism and the anarchy of human nature. Builder turned reluctant factory director Stefan Bednarz' "quiet conscience" becomes the moral center of a sprawling, Altmanesque human tapestry of greed, petty conspiracy and self-righteous grudge holding.

Kieslowski packed The Scar with the vivid characters, lucid imagery and honest ambiguities that would go on to define his 80's and 90's triumphs. Whether in the adversarial relationship between Bednarz and his journalist nemesis, the mother-hen buffoonery of Bednarz' local political counterparts or the selfish flailing of Communist Party underlings and workers, The Scar is a trenchant and sensitive portrait of a society hopelessly mired in its own ideology.

Theatrical Release: December 6th, 1976 - Warsaw

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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 1:41:48 
Video 1.64:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.37 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 Slawomir Idziak (5:46)
• Interview with Filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (15:15)
• Interview with Sound Engineer Michal Zarnecki (20:33)
• "Concert of Requests" (B&W, 1967, 15 min) A short film by Krzysztof Kieslowski In Polish with English subtitles (15:22)
• Kieslowski Filmography (text)
• Theatrical Trailer (1:57)
• Kieslowski Trailer Gallery (5 Trailers - No End, 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: 12

 

 

Comments:

The only real failing of this DVD is that it is non-progressive and exhibits combing in horizontal pans. Other than that I was quite impressed - anamorphic, in and around the correct aspect ratio (1.66), acceptable sharpness, a little film grain and dirt, a shade dark at times, good removable subtitles, original audio and some fabulous extra features including interviews with Idziak, Holland and Zarnecki. The short "Concert of Requests" is a great find.

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 with 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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Distribution Kino Video Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC




 

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