As far as I can tell, THE COLOR OF POMEGRANATES is the only major sufferer here. Its colors are faded, which I wouldn't have known if not for YouTube, which has a much more vivid version(with more ornate titles). POMEGRANATES' mandatory and often-mispelled subtitles don't help, either(the other DVDs have optional, correctly-spelled subtitles). YouTube has the other movies, too, straight from Russia, but these DVDs match them, more or less. But for POMEGRANATES, what a difference. On this collection, you're basically watching POMEGRATES on film left out in the sun. Still, of these four movies, it's the one I've watched most, poor quality or not.
Of the other three, SHADOWS OF FORGOTTEN ANCESTORS is easily the most popular and acclaimed, but I've watched THE LEGEND OF SURAM FORTRESS and ASHIK KERIB more, maybe because they make less sense and there's more to wonder about. After several viewings, I don't know which I like more. Both sort of hypnotize me.
I'm amazed by the extras. Over these four discs, you get extensive interviews with Paradjanov(they're not always happy), a great short film by him, footage from his unfinished last movie, an interview with his wife, music videos, trailers, etc... They're not just extras; they're often historical documents, informative and fascinating.
You might want to discover Paradjanov one movie at a time, but if you want them all, this is a great way. But what happened to POMEGRANATES?