Blu-ray, DVD Release: Blind Chance

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 15, 2015
Price: DVD $29.95, Blu-ray $39.95
Studio: Criterion Collection

Before he stunned the cinematic world with the epic The Decalogue and the Three Colors trilogy, the great Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieślowski made his first work of metaphysical genius, Blind Chancea compelling drama about the difficulty of reconciling political ideals with personal happiness.

Boguslaw Linda in Blind Chance

Boguslaw Linda in Blind Chance

This unforgettable film follows Witek (a magnetic Boguslaw Linda), a medical student with an uncertain future in Communist Poland; Kieślowski dramatizes Witek’s journey as a series of different possibilities, suggesting that chance rules our lives as much as choice. Originally filmed in 1981 and then suppressed and censored by the Polish government until 1987, Blind Chance is here presented in its complete original form.

Presented in Polish with English subtitles, Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray editions contain the following features:

  • New 4K digital restoration of the original uncensored film, approved by cinematographer Krzysztof Pakulski, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New interview with Polish film critic Tadeusz Sobolewski
    • Interview with director Agnieszka Holland from 2003
    • Nine sections from the film originally censored by the Central Film Board in Poland
    • An essay by film critic Dennis Lim and a 1993 interview about the film with director Krzysztof Kieślowski


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