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04 May 2017

Arrow Academy tells the STORY OF SIN (review)

After making a name for himself internationally as an aesthete of erotica, Walerian Borowczyk returned to Poland to make STORY OF SIN, a period melodrama in which good girl Ewa falls in lust with a married anthropologist and into spiritual ruin in economically depressed Warsaw.  Although more mainstream than his other works, the film nevertheless explores some of the recurring themes of Borowczyk's erotic ouevre.

REVIEW LINK: Arrow Academy (US) Region ALL Blu-ray/DVD combo (DVD Drive-in)

STORY OF SIN Blu-ray/DVD combo specs:
  • Disc One (Blu-ray):
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.66:1 widescreen
    • Polish LPCM 1.0 mono
  • Disc Two (DVD):
    • 16:9 amamorphic 1.66:1 widescreen
    • Polish Dolby Digital 1.0 mono
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Audio commentary with Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
  • Introduction by poster artist and illustrator Andrzej Klimowski
  • "The First Sinner" interview with actress Grażyna Długołęcka
  • "The Music Box" interview with film maker David Thompson
  • "Stories of Sin: A Guide to Walerian Borowczyk" visual essay by Daniel Bird
  • Short Films and Miscellaneous:
  • "Once Upon a Time" (1957; with optional commentary by art historian Szymon Bojko and moderator Daniel Bird)
  • "Dom (1958; with optional commentary by composer Włodzimierz Kotoński and moderator Daniel Bird)
  • "The School" (1958; with optional commentary by Daniel Bird)
  • "Miscellaneous: Newsreels and Documentary" visual essay
  • "Street Art" (1957)
  • "Tools of the Trade" featurette
  • "Poster Girl" interview with poster artist Teresa Byszewska
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • 44-page booklet with writings by Andrzej Żuławski & Daniel Bird and an interview with Stanisław Różewicz by Daniel Bird.  Also a reprinted Polish interview with Borowczyk

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