The award-winning "Three Colors Trilogy" consisting of the films "Blue," "Red," and "White," debuts on Blu-ray format via a three-disc package. This set supplies three Blu-ray discs with each one dedicated for one film and its supplemental materials. "Red," the last film of the trilogy, also became the last offering from acclaimed Polish director Krzysztof Kieslowski after his untimely death at the age of 54.
This collection generally delivers the same quality for each of the film. The transfers look very film-like and their source materials provide clean images and natural-looking grain structure. These cinematic works' colors and motifs offer each one with certain literal and figurative distinctions. "Blue" and "White" offer pale and muted visuals, while "Red" looks stronger and bolder with its striking shades. No serious problems with digital artifacts and other visual issues can be seen throughout the films.
Of these three motion picture pieces, "Blue" showcases the most prominent grain structure. It utilizes the charge of blue light and shades to convey the character's emotions. "White" has a very clean look with stunningly clear images. Its picture quality presents stable colors with pleasing depth and many delicate sequences with diffused lights and soft whites. "Red" has a flushed color palette that works as a visual firepower with its fluid and dreamy look and playful lighting design.
The films feature remastered 2.0 surround soundtracks. "Blue" and "White" deliver more active mixes, while "Red" is suitably a little more quiet and subtle. Depth and clarity for the three films are outstanding and the musical scores are equally superb. Speaking lines are always crisp, clean and balanced with the rest of the sound elements. All three tracks are free from dropouts, distortions, and sync issues.
Each of the film gets its own set of extras. Most of these bonus materials provide viewers with optional English subtitles. All of the discs house the film's theatrical trailers.
"Blue" supplies Blu-ray owners with the video essay written and narrated by film studies professor Annette Insdorf entitled "On Blue," a director's discussion in "Kieslowski's Cinema Lesson," featurettes of actress Juliette Binoche and composer Zbigniew Preisner, and film experts and cast and crew insights in "Reflections on Blue" and "Kieslowski: The Early Years." The disc also hosts the two 1966 student short films "The Tram" and "The Face." These are presentations courtesy of the Polish National Film, Television, and Theatre School in Lodz.
"White" showcases the video essay "On White" by film critic Tony Rayns, another segment of "Kieslowski's Cinema Lesson," featurettes of co-writer Krzysztof Piesiewicz and actors Zbigniew Zamachowski and Julie Delpy, and the behind-the-scene featurette "The Making of White." The disc also features the two Kieslowski short documentaries "Seven Women of Different Ages" released in 1979 and "Talking Heads" released in 1980.
"Red" offers the video essay "On Red" by film writer Dennis Lim, another segment of "Kieslowski's Cinema Lesson," featurettes of actress Irene Jacob, producer Marin Karmitz, and editor Jacques Witta, a raw footage of shooting the film in "Behind the Scenes of Red," a short documentary shot during the film's premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in "Kieslowski Cannes 1994," and an 80-page illustrated booklet filled with a variety of interesting write-ups and artworks.
While also working as impressive standalone pieces, these films successfully interweave their stories by exploring the concepts of spiritual and emotional interconnectedness. This particular release also boasts technical brilliance and many interesting supplemental materials. This European classic trilogy is a great addition to any art film lover's Blu-ray collection.
- Krzysztof Kieslowski