Camera Obscura The Walerian Borowczyk Collection (Blu-ray) Arrow Ltd


This ground-breaking collection brings together Walerian Borowczyk’s key films from a twenty-five-year period stretching from 1959 through to 1984. This unique release includes five of Borowczyk’s provocative feature films: Theatre de Monsieur et Madame Kabal, Goto, l’ile d’amour, Blanche, Contes Immoraux and La Bête as well as his ground-breaking short films from this period, in digital high definition restorations approved by the director’s widow, Ligia Branice.

In addition to exclusive documentaries featuring cast and crew, an hour long portrait of Borowczyk is included, featuring the director’s musings on painting, animation and sex. Arrow Academy’s Walerian Borowczyk Collection is a vital addition to the collection of anyone interested in either world cinema, animation or experimental film.

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Special Features


HD restorations of the five features
High Definition Blu-ray™ (1080p) presentations
Original uncompressed mono 1.0 audio
English subtitles for the deaf and hard of hearing
Reversible sleeves featuring Borowczyk’s original poster designs and artwork

The short films Astronauts (1959), The Concert (1962), Grandmother’s Encyclopaedia (1963), Renaissance (1963), Angels’ Games (1964), Joachim’s Dictionary (1965), Rosalie (1966), Gavotte (1967), Diptych (1967), The Phonograph (1969), The Greatest Love of All Time (1978) and Scherzo Infernal (1984)
Introduction by filmmaker and animator Terry Gilliam
Film is Not a Sausage, a documentary about Borowczyk’s animated work featuring Borowczyk, producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant André Heinrich and composer Bernard Parmegiani
Blow Ups, a visual essay by Daniel Bird about Borowczyk’s works on paper
Commercials by Walerian Borowczyk: Holy Smoke (1963), The Museum (1964) and Tom Thumb (1966)

Introduction by artist and Turner Prize nominee Craigie Horsfield
The Concentration Universe, a new interview programme featuring actor Jean-Pierre Andréani, cameraman Noël Véry and camera assistant Jean-Pierre Platel
The Profligate Door, a new documentary about Borowczyk’s sound sculptures featuring curator Maurice Corbet

Introduction by Schalcken the Painter director Leslie Megahey
Ballad of Imprisonment, a documentary about the film featuring producer Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin, assistant director André Heinrich, camera operator Noël Véry and assistant Patrice Leconte
Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Walerian Borowczyk, a newly edited archival interview in which Borowczyk discusses painting, cinema and sex
Gunpoint, a documentary short by Peter Graham produced and edited by Borowczyk

Introduction by Borowczyk expert Daniel Bird
Love Reveals Itself, a video essay about the film featuring production manager Dominique Duvergé-Ségrétin and cinematographer Noël Véry
Obscure Pleasures: A Portrait of Valerian Borowczyk, a newly edited archival interview in which the filmmaker discusses painting, cinema and sex
Blow Ups, a visual essay by Daniel Bird about Borowczyk’s works on paper
Theatrical trailer

An introduction by film critic Peter Bradshaw
Borowczyk’s erotic short film Venus on the Half-Shell (1975)
The Making of the Beast, an hour-long documentary with rare on-set footage, narrated by cameraman Noël Véry
Frenzy of Ecstasy, a visual essay about The Beast’s design and the film’s unmade sequel
Original theatrical trailer