SNOW WHITE AND RUSSIAN RED dvd review

Poland PAL DVD

Anamorphic Widescreen

DD 5.1 Polish

Subtitles: English

IMDB

MOVIE: 8

VIDEO QUALITY: 8

AUDIO QUALITY: 8.5

ENGLISH SUBTITLES: 8

EXTRAS: 5

 

SNOW WHITE AND RUSSIAN RED is one of the most creative, bizarre, dreamlike, crazy films that I’ve seen from Eastern Europe that’s made more for the mainstream crowd rather than purely being for the art-house crowd. It’s sort of what I expected from the trailer: The adventures of a POLISH PSYCHO and his RULES OF ATTRACTION. The writer of the book is either inspired by Bret Easton Ellis or Hunter S. Thompson or certainly taking the same drugs as they did. The writer of the book, Dorota Masłowska (who also plays herself in the movie), is clearly taking some inspiring drugs as we can see how she is in the movie, how she writes, and how she acts in real life in the featurettes found in  the DVD extras. But that’s okay. There is nothing better than seeing a drugged-up person getting their ideas onto film or novel. The director Xawery Zulawski – who actually looks like and films like Spike Jonze – is an excellent director. I can’t wait to see what he does next. He knows how to piece together a movie!

So what is SNOW WHITE AND RUSSIAN RED about? It’s basically like a live-action cartoon come to life with wacky, dreamlike adventures of a Polish psychopath looking for his girlfriend and meeting crazy drugged-up characters along the way. This movie reminded me of American Psycho, Rules of Attraction, The Neverending Story, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind, The Truman Show, and Stranger than Fiction. If you like those types of movies, I highly recommend this film.

The Polish PAL DVD is very good. The anamorphic video and Polish DD 5.1 are very solid, and the English subtitles are good but not great – some missing letters here and there, but nothing that bad. For this type of film, the English subtitles are very important because it’s such a wacky talkative movie. The dialogue shoots out non-stop. It’s good to see an Eastern European movie with so much to say. And I am happy to see that the English translation was not screwed up. The extras are basic stuff, but the majority of them are English subtitled which is a surprise: a photo gallery, a 15 minute making-of-the-film (very interesting), trailers, music videos, and a montage of the characters cursing in some made-up language (very funny).

SNOW WHITE AND RUSSIAN RED is certainly one of the most creative and entertaining Polish movies I’ve ever seen. The movie has a little of everything – action, drama, some seriously funny scenes just worth it to buy the DVD, and some touching scenes. I didn’t totally understand the film, but it’s the type of film that will be clearer after a couple viewings and/or reading the book (which I think is translated into English).

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