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(aka 'Blind Chance')

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Poland 1987

 

Strikingly modernist and compulsively watchable, European film master Krzysztof Kieslowski's 1982 Blind Chance has profoundly influenced cinematic storytelling for nearly two decades. Kieslowski (The Dekalog, A Short Film About Killing) blends his trademark passion for character and poetic imagery with a boldly novelistic narrative conceit. Blind Chance transcendently illuminates the intersection of fate, coincidence and choice.

Facing an unclear future, Witek, an earnest young Polish medical student, chooses to put his education on hold. With his head full of the promising and ominous portents of his new adult life, Witek hurries to catch the last train to Warsaw. But as he races down the platform, Blind Chance blossoms into three successive scenarios in which Witek's catching or missing his train spawns three completely different futures. Whether as an idealistic Communist Party member, an ambivalent dissident or a devoted healer and husband, the young Pole's destiny is shaped by the unhappy youth threatening to hobble him, the troubled present poised to engulf him and, in Kieslowski's words, "the powers that meddle with our fate."

Through three complex lives, actor Boguslaw Linda portrays Witek with an effortless magnetism remarkable even for a Kieslowski film. Actor and director's commitment and vision succeed in creating three entirely different portraits each as compellingly real as the next. Made on the eve of Communist crackdown in Poland, Blind Chance was suppressed for nearly seven years.

 

  Theatrical Release: May 1987 - Cannes Film Festival

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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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The Rest of the Kino Boxset:
Distribution Kino Video Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC Criterion Collection - Spine #772 - Region 'A' Blu-ray
Runtime 1:53:44  2:03:17.723
Video 1.64:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.32 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.72:1 1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,439,513,252 bytes

Feature: 36,011,089,920 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.85 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Bitrate Blu-ray:

Audio Polish (Dolby Digital 2.0)  LPCM Audio Polish 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
Subtitles English, None English, None
Features

Release Information:
Studio: Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratio 1.64:1

Edition Details:

• Interview with Producer Irena Strzakowska (20:42)
• Interview with Filmmaker Agnieszka Holland (5:23)
• Interview with Kieslowski Scholar Annette Insdorf (9:59)
• "Workshop Exercises" - A short film by Marcel Lozinski (12:06)
• Kieslowski Filmography (text)
• Theatrical Trailer (1:57)
• Kieslowski Trailer Gallery (5 Trailers - No End, The Scar, 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: 20

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion

Aspect Ratio:
1.72:1

1080P / 23.976 fps Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 45,439,513,252 bytes

Feature: 36,011,089,920 bytes

Video Bitrate: 34.85 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

Edition Details:

• New interview with Polish film critic Tadeusz Sobolewski (18:12)
Interview with filmmaker Agnieszka Holland from 2003 (5:24)
Nine sections from the film originally censored in Poland (9:48)
PLUS: An essay by film critic Dennis Lim and a 1993 interview about the film with director Krzysztof Kieślowski

Blu-ray Release Date: September 15th, 2015
Transparent Keep case

Chapters:26

 

 

 

Comments:

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

 

ADDITION: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray August 15': I had not seen Blind Chance in years - what an absolute masterpiece. Seeing the new Criterion, uncensored, Blu-ray (described as a new, restored 4K digital transfer of the original uncensored film, approved by cinematographer Krzysztof Pakulski and the 1981 version with censored segments restored) was like seeing the film for the first time - especially when compared with the old Kino DVD. The 1080P is dramatically super to the SD - which, notably beside the HD, appearing out-of ratio, cropped and dull as well as being a PAL-to-NTSC conversion and is also the shorter censored version. The Blu-ray is darker with significantly richer and deeper colors and some sporadic depth. It has some wonderful grain texture.

 

NOTE: There is one segment around 1:01:30 where the Criterion Blu-ray versions has a brief (10 second) text screen that states that 'This is the only censored fragment that could not be restored'). We do hear the audio.

 

For the audio Criterion use a linear PCM 2.0 channel track at 2304 kbps (24-bit). The uncompressed transfer sounds excellent when compared to the SD - notable in the score by Wojciech Kilar (Bram Stoker's Dracula, Andrzej Wajda's The Promised Land, Polanski's The Pianist, Campion's The Portrait of a Lady.) There are optional English subtitles and the Blu-ray disc is region 'A'-locked.

 

Criterion include some extras. There is a revealing new, 18-minute, interview with Polish film critic Tadeusz Sobolewski who considers the political context of Kieslowski's Blind Chance, the film's censorship, and its significance within the director's body of work. We get the 5-minute, 2003 interview with filmmaker Agnieszka Holland as found on the Kino DVD. Highly interesting are the nine sections from the film originally censored in Poland. They are prefaced with these text screens:



The package has a liner notes booklet with an essay by film critic Dennis Lim and a 1993 interview about the film with director Krzysztof Kieślowski.

 

This Blu-ray is very easy to endorse and has our highest recommendation! Buy with confidence. Thank you, Criterion!

 

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ON THE DVDS: Firstly, this film is a true masterpiece and strongly recommended. As with many other offerings from Kino this DVD transfer is non-progressive and exhibits combing in horizontal pans, but frankly this is the only real black mark. Other than that I was very impressed - anamorphic, in and around the correct aspect ratio (1.66), sharp, a little film grain and decent colors, good removable subtitles, original audio and some fabulous extra features including interviews with Strzakowska, Holland and Insdorf. The short "Workshop Exercises" by Marcel Lozinski is another fine addition.

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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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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The Rest of the Kino Boxset:
Distribution Kino Video Home Video - Region 0 - NTSC Criterion Collection - Spine #772 - Region 'A' Blu-ray




 

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