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This boldly cinematic trio of stories about love and loss, from Krzysztof Kieślowski was a defining event of the art-house boom of the 1990s. The films are named for the colors of the French flag and stand for the tenets of the French Revolution—liberty, equality, and fraternity—but that hardly begins to explain their enigmatic beauty and rich humanity. Set in Paris, Warsaw, and Geneva, and ranging from tragedy to comedy, Blue, White, and Red(Kieślowski’s final film) examine with artistic clarity a group of ambiguously interconnected people experiencing profound personal disruptions. Marked by intoxicating cinematography and stirring performances by such actors as Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob, and Jean-Louis Trintignant, Kieślowski’s Three Colors is a benchmark of contemporary cinema.
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I love the Three Colors trilogy, but I'm not sure about the yellows of the new 4K scan.
What does anyone think here?
Mr @Robert Harris ?
Now, I think I had seen a clip in youtube that said that the yellow tint is the original color.
I know La Double Vie De Veronique was leaning towards yellow, but the Three Colors?

edit: Ah, here it is. I don't know any French but the 35mm print seems exactly alike to the new restoration. Weird.
 

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This set definitely goes on my wish list for a future Criterion sale. I enjoy these more than any other foreign language film that I can think of. Time to put my BD set up for sale. I have the digitals on iTunes, too, but Criterions rarely get free 4K upgrades there.
 

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Ah - have been waiting for this, ever since the French 4K UHD set was released in February. This trilogy ranks amongst the greatest works of cinema ever made. The previous blu-ray set from Criterion always looked awful projected, one of the reasons I haven't revisited these at home for far too long.

Screenshots from the French UHDs clearly show a massive upgrade in video quality.

 

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A sublime masterpiece taken as a whole. As in Dante's Commedia, one Canto is not enough. Though unrelated, you have to savor all 3 films for the cumulative effect.
 

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I love the Three Colors trilogy, but I'm not sure about the yellows of the new 4K scan.
What does anyone think here?
Mr @Robert Harris ?
Now, I think I had seen a clip in youtube that said that the yellow tint is the original color.
I know La Double Vie De Veronique was leaning towards yellow, but the Three Colors?

edit: Ah, here it is. I don't know any French but the 35mm print seems exactly alike to the new restoration. Weird.


I saw all of these in the theater. It's been a long time and I don't remember specifics all that well, but the whole gimmick behind this trilogy was that the first movie was heavily colored blue, the second white, and the last red. I don't recall such an overwhelming yellow tinge as I see in that video.

The yellow push seems to completely miss the entire point of this trilogy, doesn't it?

But what do I know? I'm the rare self-professed cinephile who doesn't like these movies at all. I suffered through them in the theater and then tried to give them another shot on DVD. That's enough for me.
 

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That French "restored" transfer looks so extremely yellow... I don't know.

IF I get this new set, I may still just keep the old set around for at least some time before deciding whether to let it go or what...

_Man_
 

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Reviews have appeared in the other site about Bleu and Blanc.
I really hope we get "a few words about" by Mr. @Robert Harris, to hear the opinion on the colors by a specialist.
I still am not sure if I should buy this or not.
 

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Reviews have appeared in the other site about Bleu and Blanc.
I really hope we get "a few words about" by Mr. @Robert Harris, to hear the opinion on the colors by a specialist.
I still am not sure if I should buy this or not.
The “specialist” never saw these as early originals prints, so any comments would be opinions, or based upon early reviews.
 

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