Only weeks after the long awaited release of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s Color Trilogy, the director’s other master work is being readied for a DVD release. Facets Home Video will release The Decalogue this summer.
Originally airing on Polish television as a ten part miniseries, each segment of The Decalogue takes place in the present, and each was shot in the same high-rise apartment building in a middle-class section of Warsaw. Each of the stories is simply numbered, without a direct reference to the corresponding commandment that underlies the story. Kieslowski preferred to allow viewers to come to their own moral and ethical conclusions based on the story.
The three DVD set will include an onscreen preface by Roger Ebert, which introduces viewers to the film in a lively and informative commentary. The DVD also contains an extensive interview with Kieslowski, a visit to the set and an appreciation of Kieslowski that features his colleagues and collaborators commenting on his life and career. An accompanying booklet also includes Kieslowski’s own reminiscences about the origin of the films, a recent interview with screenwriter Krzysztof Piesiewicz, and a complete cast and credits list.
The DVD set will be priced at $79.95 and will arrive on August 19th.