Ashes and Diamonds

Edition no. 285

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Jeck Film
Directed by: Andrzej Wajda
On the last day of World War II in a small town somewhere in Poland, Polish exiles of war and the occupying Soviet forces confront the beginning of a new day and a new Poland. In this incendiary environment we find Home Army soldier Maciek Chelmicki, who has been ordered to assassinate an incoming commissar. But a mistake stalls his progress and leads him to Krystyna, a beautiful barmaid who gives him a glimpse of what his life could be. Gorgeously photographed and brilliantly performed, Ashes and Diamonds masterfully interweaves the fate of a nation with that of one man, resulting in one of the most important Polish films of all time.

Technical Specifications

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 (Anamorphic)
Audio: Polish 1.0 Dolby Digital Mono
Subtitles: English
Region: 1/2/3/4/5/6
Discs: 1 Disc |  DVD-9
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Supplements

  • Audio commentary by film scholar Annette Insdorf
  • Andrzej Wajda: On Ashes and Diamonds, a 35-minute exclusive new interview with the director, second director Janusz Morgenstern, and film critic Jerzy Plazewski
  • Vintage newsreel footage on the making of Ashes and Diamonds
  • Rare behind-the-scenes production photos, publicity stills, and posters
  • Booklet featuring a new essay by film scholar Paul Coates

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Release Credits

Artwork: Eric Skillman

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