Knife in the Water
The Criterion Collection
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On their way to a sailing trip, an aging husband and wife invite along an emphatic young hitchhiker.
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Roman Polanski's first feature is a brilliant psychological thriller that many critics still consider among his greatest work. The story is simple, yet the implications of its characters' emotions and actions are profound. When a young hitchhiker joins a couple on a weekend yacht trip, psychological warfare breaks out as the two men compete for the woman's attention. A storm forces the small crew below deck, and tension builds to a violent climax. With stinging dialogue and a mercilessly probing camera, Polanski creates a disturbing study of fear, humiliation, sexuality, and aggression. This remarkable directorial debut won Polanski worldwide acclaim, a place on the cover of Time, and his first Oscar¨ nomination.
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The still rotting US economy makes these individual single disc releases appealing but not by much. The new Criterion of Knife in the Water is $18 higher in price while the used price difference is only $8. The Criterion releases also go on sale often too.
Some of these single disc no frill releases make sense to buy instead of the Criterion. Some of the movies have very long rambling audio commentary from film historians. These commentaries seem to want to wreck your enjoyment of a movie you already bought. It's the same as what the schools of literary criticism have done to literature. You may have once enjoyed the sweet beauty of reading but after analyzing it, not so much.
GET THIS MOVIE,Knife in the Water (The Criterion Collection) as the Criterion because you actually get a full collection of Polanski's early short films (8 OF THEM!) which are a treat (and have been released separately in the past)