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The Lure

Agnieszka Smoczyńska

The Lure (Criterion Blu-Ray)

10 Oct 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $39.95

Criterion Store price:$31.96

  • Poland
  • 2015
  • 92 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.39:1
  • Polish
  • Spine #896

This genre-defying horror-musical mash-up—the bold debut of Polish director Agnieszka Smoczyńska—follows a pair of carnivorous mermaid sisters drawn ashore to explore life on land in an alternate 1980s Poland. Their tantalizing siren songs and otherworldly auras make them overnight sensations as nightclub singers in the half-glam, half-decrepit world of Smoczyńska’s imagining. The director gives fierce teeth to her viscerally sensual, darkly feminist twist on Hans Christian Andersen’s “The Little Mermaid,” in which the girls’ bond is tested and their survival threatened after one sister falls for a human. A coming-of-age fairy tale with a catchy synth-fueled soundtrack, outrageous song-and-dance numbers, and lavishly grimy sets, The Lure explores its themes of emerging female sexuality, exploitation, and the compromises of adulthood with savage energy and originality.


DirectorAgnieszka Smoczyńska
ScreenwriterRobert Bolesto
ProducerWłodzimierz Niderhaus
CoproducersJarosław Sawko and Piotr Sikora
Line producerAndrzej Besztak
Director of photographyKuba Kijowski
Music and lyricsBarbara Wrońska and Zuzanna Wrońska
ArrangementMarcin Macuk and Barbara Wrońska
Production designerJoanna Macha
EditorJarosław Kamiński
Sound designersMaria Chilarecka and Marcin Lenarczyk
Costume designerKatarzyna Lewińska
Makeup artistJanusz Kaleja
Special effects makeup artistTomasz Matraszek
ChoreographersKaya Kołodziejczyk and Jarosław Staniek

Disc Features


  • High-definition digital master, supervised by director of photography Kuba Kijowski, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
  • New program about the making of the film, featuring interviews with director Agnieszka Smoczyńska, actors Marta Mazurek and Michalina Olszańska, screenwriter Robert Bolesto, Kijowski, composers Barbara and Zuzanna Wrońskie, sound designer Marcin Lenarczyk, and choreographer Kaya Kołodziejczyk
  • Deleted scenes
  • Aria Diva (2007) and Viva Maria! (2010), two short films by Smoczyńska
  • Trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: An essay by novelist, playwright, and storyteller Angela Lovell

Other Editions

The Lure (Criterion DVD)

10 Oct 2017


1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Criterion Store price:$23.96

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