Andrzej Munk + Witold Lesiewicz
One of the most audacious
fictions ever made about the Holocaust.
A former guard (Aleksandra Slaska) in the
women's section of Auschwitz encounters a passenger on a cruise ship (Anna
Ciepielewska) who was one of her prisoners. This sets off a series of
flashbacks concerning those terrible days, and the struggle of wills that
took place between prisoner and guard.
Theatrical Release: Poland 1963
DVD Review: Second Run - Region 0 - PAL
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1.66:1 Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.93 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||Polish (Dolby Digital 2.0)|
Last Pictures (Andrzej Brzozowski) - 46:40
NOTE (in email): Gary the 1.66 ratio of the Second Run DVD is totally incorrect. This movie was shot in an anamorphic widescreen process called Dyaliscope and was always projected in 2.35 ratio. (Thanks David)
Although it appears to be from an analog source (see flat-line bitrate) and is not progressive - this image seems to have maximized its transfer potential considering the limitations. On a dual layered disc (with only about 1.5 hours of material) and a strong bitrate this measures up effectively. Damage marks are limitied - faux-grain/digital noise is minor, contrast is remarkably good and detail is acceptable. The subtitles are well done and the supplements include Brzozowski's 46 minute The Last Pictures and a nice liner notes booklet.
Second Run continues to impress with some rare and impacting titles. Most importantly this is the first ever DVD release of this unfinished masterpiece - a provocative, memorable work.