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There are currently 2 rare Kieslowski DVD items for sale on ebay.

Firstly a documentary about the making of his Dekalog series of films:

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...AMESE%3AIT&rd=1

also

"The Double Life of Veronique' DVD with extras.

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?Vie...bayphotohosting

Not official releases but very good quality DVDs nevertheless.

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Why doesn't someone just release this as an Official R1? I don't friggin' get it.

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Cool, Doug! Thanks for the info!

Now I wonder if I should wait for the R1 or just go ahead with the MK2 in Feb... I don't buy that many DVDs, but this is one purchase I wouldn't be able to pass up.

Veronique was a transitional film for me... I'd love to see it again if only to know for certain that it really is a great movie. It's been nearly ten years...

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Veronique is a stunning mood piece with some of the most beautiful imagery in a movie I've seen, but it definitely lacks Kieslowski's usual ethical conundrums and tensions, making it seem a little less hefty in the grand scheme of things. (Especially sandwiched between The Decalogue and Trois Colours.) But I'll definitely be getting the DVD. Incidentally, it's not clear whether or not MK2 will offer English subs (and they often don't), so you may have to wait for the UK/US ports anyway. At least we know they're coming...
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Veronique is a stunning mood piece with some of the most beautiful imagery in a movie I've seen, but it definitely lacks Kieslowski's usual ethical conundrums and tensions, making it seem a little less hefty in the grand scheme of things.

With the exception of Blue, I actually prefer Veronique to the other films precisely because of that freedom from focus on "ethical conundrums and tensions." The inquisitive nature of his storytelling... as if even he has no idea where it's going to end up... paralelled by the inquisitive movement of the camera makes Veronique an entirely unique film, in my opinion. Every time I see it, I discover new ideas, new questions, new theories about what's going on in it.

I wish I could live in such a way that I could see the world all the time the way Kieslowski's camera sees the world. Kieslowski saw the world the way Damiel saw the world (and sometimes, alternately, the way Cassiel saw the world) in Wings of Desire... like an angel haunting his subjects, drawn to their beauty and the mysteries of their thoughts, choices, habits, and passions.

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MK2 (region 2, France) have announced the upcoming 2-disc La Double vie de V

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And Jeffrey -- I tend to agree. It is hard to compare great works to great works though, but I think I'd lean your direction on this.

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I have been trying to get my hands on Double life... for years and every time I go to pick up the VHS at BB it is gone. Last night I went to get it and they no longer carry VHS! I would have even bought the used version.

I suppose I wil have to pick this up, as well as a multi-region or region two DVD player. I guess it isn't going to happen any time soon.

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With the exception of Blue, I actually prefer Veronique to the other films precisely because of that freedom from focus on "ethical conundrums and tensions." The inquisitive nature of his storytelling... as if even he has no idea where it's going to end up... paralelled by the inquisitive movement of the camera makes Veronique an entirely unique film, in my opinion. Every time I see it, I discover new ideas, new questions, new theories about what's going on in it.

I wish I could live in such a way that I could see the world all the time the way Kieslowski's camera sees the world. Kieslowski saw the world the way Damiel saw the world (and sometimes, alternately, the way Cassiel saw the world) in Wings of Desire... like an angel haunting his subjects, drawn to their beauty and the mysteries of their thoughts, choices, habits, and passions.

Oooh, nice post. I'm putting this in my quote file...

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Huh. I've never seen the non-Miramax cut. Didn't even know there was another cut. Is it different in many respects?

Wow. Did Kieslowski have Scorsesesque fights with the Weinsteins over final cut? Say that isn't so.

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Kieslowski was way too much the pragmatist to fight over it. He simply stated that his original cut was "too ambiguous" for Americans, who didn't like his ending, so he willingly added a coda

emphasizing Irene Jacob's reunion with her father.

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I'm not sure if there were other cuts/additions. But yes, it was an early example of MiramAxe's distribution policy.

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