Discuss DVDs and Blu-rays released by Criterion and the films on them. If it's got a spine number, it's in here. Threads may contain spoilers.
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Quoted for emphasis, as this whole notion of "a vision of Poland to sell abroad" was replicated across the entire eastern bloc at the time, and indeed it was one of the easiest ways of obtaining permission to travel abroad. The Soviet Red Army Chorus being another excellent example.Mr Sausage wrote: ↑Tue Feb 05, 2019 8:52 pmThe movie even hints that this slavic dream girl is a cultural myth when Kaczmarek suggests dolling up one of the actual rural women to make her fit a slavic peasant ideal that Zula, a modern city girl, more outwardly represents. A vision of Poland to sell abroad.
And I suspect Pawlikowski will have been fully aware of the irony of his own earlier film Ida getting attacked in Poland for not toeing the accepted line (i.e. by raising still-contentious issues such as postwar Polish anti-Semitism) while praised in the West for being a perfectly-formed example of an "arthouse film" (and winning Poland's first Best Foreign Film Oscar after a full half-century of being a regular bridesmaid).
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I imagine Amazon is trying to cultivate a period of exclusivity on Prime (I see Beautiful Boy likewise is physical-free but coming to Blu-ray in the UK), but no way they don’t eventually license these to any of the usual suspects for boutique releases at least. Guess their deal with LionsGate is kaput, at least
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It probably depends what turned you off about Ida; this is definitely the more vibrant and lively of the two, largely due to Kulig, but they share a fair amount of stylistic similarity.
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This was one of my very favorite films of last year so it’s a great surprise to see it entering the collection, though this would seem to be the first instance of something most of us probably thought we’d see first with ROMA: a Criterion release of a film distributed by a streaming giant and available in 4k HDR on that platform, making the blu ray a downgrade in that sense for Prime subscribers. (Not sure if the Amazon 4k is available outside the US though.)