Not exactly restored, this cracks, pops and snaps like anything on vinyl from this age. However, it also provides it with a cache of charm, because charm is anything but what is on offer here. It begins as a "normal" war film, the multiples have been beamed across the 1950's and 60's, depicting the heroic few standing up to the many.
Then as it grooves a cliche, it suddenly drops a few levels and descends into hell; the egg sewer smell almost wafts through the screen as the men and women wander through the labyrinths of their subconscious demons jump out and paralyse them within various figures of hallucination. Having seen a number of Eastern films about WW2, they all share a similar nihilistic vision of war as a blast into another dimension of the psyche, something completely missing from Western dramas. Perhaps "All Quiet on the Western Front," was the harbinger of this form of cinema. If it was, then the East has made this into a special emotionally literate version of its own.
Taking the Warsaw uprising to its zenith, the film just highlights how young people adapted to the nihilism that scattered, and then enclosed them, as they tried to make sense of the world around them. Utterly bleak, relentless and brutal.
Although the film stock has not aged well, the plot hiding beneath it has grown in stature.