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Product Description

ANDRZEJ ZULAWSKI’S adaptation of Manuela Gretkowska's provocative and hugely successful novel reaches new extremes in the depiction of brutality, sex, and passion as it tells the story of a young(ish) anthropologist driven by the mystery surrounding the death of a recently discovered shaman; and his growing obsession with an enigmatic yet violently perverse beauty known as "The Italian".SZAMANKA (She-Shaman) is a film ‘without brakes’. Above all else, it is a ‘demonic’ film where characters are battlegrounds in the war between devils and angels, where angels are agents of God and devils are those of the Devil. This pulpy, sexually charged tale with its deranged erotic futurism underlines Zulawski's commitment to stretch the limits of aesthetic expression by exploring themes beyond the pale in conventional cinema. Violence, exuberance and sexuality are its key ingredients. Through hysteria, possession and hallucination we see what the Polish writer Stanislaw Przybyszewski called ‘naked soul’.

AWARDS:

Venice Film Festival, Official Selection (1996)

DVD CONTENTS:

MONDO VISION presents the first ever proper release of Andrzej Zulawski's 11th film SZAMANKA (She-Shaman, 1996) in a gorgeous new transfer UNCUT & Fully Uncensored with all new English Subtitles Supervised By Director Andrzej Zulawski.

  • Digitally Restored High Definition Transfer Mastered For Progressive Scan (Approved by Director Andrzej Zulawski)
  • Feature Length Audio Commentary With Film Writer Daniel Bird Moderated by David A. Mackenzie
  • Exclusive New Video Interview With Andrzej Zulawski: “A Film Without Masks” [22:00]
  • Exclusive New Video Interview With Screenwriter Manuela Gretkowska [10:00]
  • Restoration Feature [1:20]
  • Image Gallery
  • 24-page Booklet Featuring a Newly-Written Essay by Daniel Bird
TECHNICAL NOTES:
SZAMANKA is presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.66:1 and original Mono Polish soundtrack as intended by Andrzej Zulawski. This Dual Layer disc has been transferred and encoded using a high-frequency process which preserves as much of the detail and texture from the original film as is possible on the NTSC DVD format.

Audio:

  • Original Polish Mono
  • French Dub (Optional)
Subtitles: English (Optional) Available in White & Yellow
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1 Anamorphic Widescreen

UPC: 837654697559
Catalog#: MVSE004
Case Type: Digipak with Hardcover Slipcase.

Review

''In execution, Szamanka is unmistakably a Zulawski film: vital, operatic, careening, emotionally raw and violent, flamboyantly naked, rich in poignant peripheral detail, and ultimately apocalyptic.'' --Tim Lucas, Video Watchdog

''Szamanka: On one level, it's simple, if very intense, love story; a drama about how romantic obsession is both benign and potentially very destructive. The lunatic, the lover and the poet are of imagination all compact, Shakespeare wrote in A Midsummer Night s Dream. Zulawski s lyrical, morbid tale suggests that sentiment still has some currency.'' --Geoffrey Macnab, Filmfestivals.com

Special Features

None.

Product Details

  • Actors: Iwona Petry, Boguslaw Linda, Agnieszka Wagner, Piotr Machalica, Alicja Jachiewicz
  • Directors: Andrzej Zulawski
  • Format: Anamorphic, Dolby, HiFi Sound, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Studio: Mondo Vision
  • DVD Release Date: December 15, 2010
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (8 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003XDJP5W
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #149,466 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Andrzej Zulawski's SZAMANKA (She-Shaman, 1996) UNCUT Special Edition [Digipak] by MONDO VISION" on IMDb

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Great item, packaging.
s afzali
The film has a highly charged erotic atmosphere and there are many scenes where the beautiful Ms Petry is naked and having vigorous simulated sex.
Ramm
Szamanka does not waste any time and pulls you in from the beginning and holds you with suspense until the very end.
Richard Brzostek

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Andrzej Zulawski's films have a very unique feel to them and can may be best described as intense. After much time away from making Polish films (working on French movies), he returns to it with Szamanka. I cannot say that he refined his technique or improved his style because it was incredible from the start. Szamanka does not waste any time and pulls you in from the beginning and holds you with suspense until the very end.

There are two main characters in Szamanka. Michal (Boguslaw Linda) is a doctorate student interested in shamans and is fortunate enough to be part of a find of a lifetime - they have unearthed a man preserved in a peat bog. He is convinced this man was a shaman and wants to write his doctorate on him. Michal's life becomes complicated when he meets a pretty woman nicknamed Wloszka (Iwona Petry), which means Italian; she isn't Italian but called such by her friends because she can make a good pizza. She has a strange effect on the men that see her - they are captivated by her looks and often make passes at her. The fact that she wears clothes that show off her gams probably is part of the reason why she gets attention.

They instantly trigger emotions in each other after just meeting. Even though both are involved in relationships their meeting sparks a passionate bond. Their interactions are almost on a higher level and they can almost read each other's minds. The only guy that can excite her sexually is Michal and he also has the power to calm her psychotic-like breaks. Michal sees her as having a special power and her energy awakens a higher force in him.

I felt like the movie was like running full speed up to the line between sanity and insanity and looking off the cliff of madness getting a good look at the views one can behold.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Brian R Yandle on March 22, 2011
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Finally, we have the full UNCUT special edition of Zulawski's beloved film on DVD thanks to Mondo Vision, who have done their absolute best to ensure proper releases for a great deal of Zulawski's catalog. Now we are hoping for a long-awaited re-release for Possession as it's been out of print for some time and perhaps a re-packaging of Diabel or The Silver Globe as the Polart releases left much to be desired considering Zulawski's film are nothing less than brilliant works to be cherished by film lovers' across the world.

As is made clear on the disc, Mondo Vision refused a couple of prints of the film before settling on the master used here. Restored for dirt, debris and noise, the result is an improvement over previous DVD releases for which praise may only be qualified by the comparison with previous Mondo releases.

Szamanka's packaging resembles some of Criterion's early works with the sturdy cardboard box exterior. Even more impressive, we are bequeathed interviews with both screenplay writer and director. Although I can't comment on the deluxe editon, special is the operative word in the special edition.

Ironically, this is the only film that Zulawski has ever made in his native country where it generated much controversy due to the explicit sexuality. Unfortunately, the film had a limited theatrical release and sold about 400,000 tickets. In France, the film had a limited theatrical release and sold 11,150 tickets. Szamanka was also screened during the Venice Film Festival in 1996. Naturally, this wasn't the first time Zulawski was attacked or criticized for making unconvetional artwork so it's truly a blessing for us to see this film at all.

For Zulawski,Szamanka was to be a film "without masks".
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Ramm on July 20, 2011
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The MondoVision release of Polish director Andrzej Zulawski's film 'Szamanka' is a great product - the packaging, film transfer quality & 'extras' are all first class. The film itself is very complex and enigmatic and can stand several viewings to appreciate and start to understand it. I got a lot out of the 'extras' included in the package that featured interviews with both the director and the screenplay writer as to what they were trying to get across via the film, as well as some written third party analysis. Still, even armed with behind the scenes knowledge, the actual viewing experience is pretty wild. The principle themes appear to address issues of religion (particularly Catholicism), life in post communist eastern Europe, obsessive relationships and SEX. I've only seen two of Zulawski's films - the other being 'La Femme Publique' - but based on these I'd have to say that he seems to draw rather manic performances from his female leads. The female 'star' of Szamanka, Iwona Petry, (who Zulawski apparently cast in a situation reminiscent of Carl Denham and Anne Darrow in 'King Kong') has a frenetic energy that is somewhat disquieting & disengenuous on first vivewing (like, what is with this chick!?)... and there is not much of an attempt made in the movie to explain her way of being. She does kind of 'grow on you' though with subsequent viewings. While grittilly realistic on some levels the film is also quite surreal and hallucinatory on others. It is one of the marks of good film-making that everything doesn't just wrap up in a nice tidy package and 'Szamanka' certainly leaves the viewer with much to contemplate in its' aftermath. The film has a highly charged erotic atmosphere and there are many scenes where the beautiful Ms Petry is naked and having vigorous simulated sex.Read more ›
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