The Lure 2015 Criterion Collection
Like some contemporary fairytale for grownups, The Lure is a genre hybrid that melds melodrama, horror, fantasy and musical elements into a singular coming-of-age tale.

The story begins with sisters Silver (Marta Mazurek) and Gold (Michalina Olszanska), two mermaids who decide to leave the sea behind and become nightclub singers.
Soon, Silver and Gold are the darlings of the Warsaw nightlife scene—a sexy photo shoot where the sisters pull fishnets over their tails is a nice touch—and Silver falls in love with handsome young bass player Mietek (Jakub Gierszal). But their courtship is complicated, not just because Silver has no genitals in her human form. Meanwhile, Gold is tempted to succumb to much darker urges—namely, the thirst for human blood that is the reason mermaids are blessed with angelic voices to begin with. (It’s easier to lure men into the water so you can eat them if you sing them a pretty song.) These discordant views on the proper treatment of human men cause a rift between the sisters.

Director: Agnieszka Smoczynska
Cast: Marta Mazurek, Michalina Olszanska, Kinga Preis
Country: Poland
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Horror, Musical

BD50 + DVD9 | 1080p AVC, NTSC | 01:32:28 | 45.6 Gb + 7.43 Gb + 3% rec
Language: Polish
Subtitles: English

Extras:

Deleted Scenes - a collection of deleted scenes. In Polish, with optional English subtitles.

Off the Hook - this documentary film focuses on the production history of The Lure and the final style, appearance, and soundtrack of the film. Included in it are lengthy interviews with director Agnieszka Smoczynska, screenwriter Robert Bolesto, actors Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszanska, sound designer Marcin Lenarczyk, cinematographer Kuba Kijowski, music composers Barbara and Zuzanna Wronskie, and choreographer Kaya Kolodziejczyk. In Polish, with optional English subtitles. (42 min, 1080p).

Aria Diva (2007) - presented here is Agnieszka Smoczynska's first short film, which she directed while attending the Wajda School in Warsaw. Based on the story "Ariadne on Naxos" by Olga Tokarczuk, the film follows a young mother and wife (Gabriela Muskala) whose life nearly spins out of control when she befriends her neighbor, a popular opera singer (Katarzyna Figura). In Polish, with optional English subtitles. (32 min, 1080p).

Viva Maria! (2010) - presented here is Agnieszka Smoczynska's documentary short Viva Maria! about opera the great Polish opera diva Maria Foltyn. The documentary was completed while the director attended the Wajda School in Warsaw. In Polish, optional English subtitles. (18 min, 1080i).

Trailer - original trailer for The Lure. In Polish, with imposed English subtitles. (3 min, 1080p).

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