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Stalker [DVD] [1979] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Chinese, Russian, Dutch, Arabic, Japanese
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (65 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IUJ5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 363,364 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The film is based on the science-fiction novel "A Picnic on the Roadside" by Russian sci-fi writers, the brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.

Stalker is the man who knows a lot about the system of obstacles and traps in the Zone. He knows the way to the coveted room where any wish may come true. To find this room is the goal of Writer and Professor. The writer hopes to find inspiration there, the professor dreams of making a discovery. Led by the Stalker, they finally reach the room... But will they be able to enter it? And what will the path of self-knowledge lead to? The Andrei Tarkovsky film does not offer definitive answers.

Quoted in the film are the verses by poets Fyodor Tyutchev and Arseny Tarkovsky, the director's father.

Luchino Visconti Prize for Andrei Tarkovsky at the David Donatello Competition in Italy, 1980;
Special Jury Prize (Interfilm and OSIK) at the Cannes IFF, 1980;
FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes IFF, 1981;
Special Ecumenical Jury Prize for Off-Competition Films at the Cannes IFF, 1982
Special Freatures:
Photographs and filmografies of the cast and crew members;
Photo album;
Interview with photography director A. Knyazhinsky;
Interview with production designer R. Safiullin;
Interview with composer E. Artemiev;
Fragment from A. Tarkovskys diploma work, "The Streamroller and the Violin";
Documentary about A. Tarkovskys house, "Memory";

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4.3 out of 5 stars

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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By technoguy VINE VOICE on 30 Jan. 2013
Format: DVD
Stalker by Tarkovsky is his 2nd incursion into SF following Solaris.There the inability to communicate with the alien force which had drastic effects upon the astronauts' subconscious was transfiguring.Here following the crash of a meteorite or alien craft 20 years before,the landscape has been altered so that the Zone doesn't obey the physical laws of the Earth,matter is warped in mysterious and dangerous ways.The Stalker is the guide of people wishing to enter the Zone,surrounded as it is by soldiers and barbed wire.The mysterious foreign entity left behind industrial debris in this bleak and devastated forbidden landscape,where people are supposed to disappear. Stalkers are adventurous individuals who, for a proper payment, lead people to the Zone and to the mysterious Room at the heart of the Zone where your deepest wishes are allegedly granted. The film tells the story of one such Stalker, an ordinary man with a wife and a crippled daughter with the magic capacity of moving objects, who takes to the Zone two intellectuals, a Writer and a Scientist. When they finally reach the Room, they fail to pronounce their wishes because of their lack of faith, while Stalker himself seems to receive an answer to his wish that his daughter would get better.

The journey is hazardous and Stalker is one of the few able to navigate.The subconscious sets up its own barriers and blocks to going straight to the Room.Tarkovsky has emptied the source novel,Roadside Picnic,of the abandoned technology of advanced aliens in the context of a fascistic state(the aliens,indifferent to the Earth,have left behind 7 Zones on the planet).He has placed into the centre of his film Man's spiritual quest,Man's dreams and desires.The film is a journey through the traps and pitfalls of the Zone.
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110 of 117 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 1 Feb. 2003
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As already mentioned, this film is slow-paced and lacks amazing special effects, but give it your full attention and you will be rewarded by a technically brilliant shot film that cuts deep into the human psyche in a manner few hollywood films have ever managed to do. Images from the film linger on in the mind and stay with you for a life time. Shot using what must have been a very low budget, the film manages successfully to create an incredibly strange, alien/haunting sci-fi environment. It is very well acted and profound in ways I can't even begin to describe.On the other hand my wife thought it was boring, hated reading the sub-titles and didn't think there was a great deal of plot complaining that nothing really happens in the film and gave up half way through, citing Stalker as another of my 'weird choice of films'.If only I could get her to persevere I'm sure she'd see why I like the film so much...but alas. The funny thing is, I can easily identify and see where she is coming from but for me I found the film one of the most haunting, sub-concious penetrating, unforgettable films I have ever seen. Sorry to sound pretentious but this film is worth seeing and truly memorable - and whether in the end you like the film or not the film's tone and images will stay with you forever.
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44 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Captain Pike VINE VOICE on 12 Nov. 2004
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Stretching to two DVDs, 'Stalker' is a 155-minute film that feels even longer. Full of meaningful silences, existential discourses and lingering shots of landscapes and faces, this is not a film for action fans. Unlike that other great sci-fi film of 1979, 'Alien', there are no special effects of any kind and I suspect that most people will find 'Stalker' boring.
I must confess that my attention wandered at times, as the three main characters made such painfully slow progress towards their goal. However, after watching 'Stalker' I couldn't get it out of my mind and ended up having to see the whole thing again. Why? I think that 'Stalker', like many great works of art, takes time to reveal its secrets.
If Dostoevsky had been born a century later, I could imagine him making a film like 'Stalker'. This is not a sci-fi film, it's about the Russian soul and is as rewarding and frustrating as Dostoevsky's novels.
However, it is ultimately the cinematography which is the most powerful aspect of the film. The damp, lush, verdant landscape of the zone and the monochrome industrial dystopia of the town are some of the most haunting images I have ever seen.
If you prefer questions to answers, I recommend 'Stalker' without reservation.
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 17 Jun. 2001
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I Saw the movie in our national television in Turkey. It was 3 o`clock after midnight i was sleepless i gave it a shot. Since then i got hooked to that film i didn`t sleep that night but who cares i had the opportunity to watch maybe the best cinematic event of all time. The plot is excellent you get it right in the beginning, what life is to one? what do we live for? Stalker`s daughter`s face, the train`s noise outside, wife`s crying, the conversation between the director and his girlfriend, the cannabis field scene where stalker gets totally lost. It all may seem bizarre but in its own content it is as good as reading a Kafka book if not better.
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By Paracelsus1966 on 10 Jan. 2001
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Tarvkovsky's second venture into SF (the first being his 1972 adaptation of Stanislav Lem's Solaris) has been described as 'the greatest sf movie of all time', yet this is as about as far removed from what we normally think of as SF as possible, as it ushers in Tarkovsky's late period, (an awesome tryptich that also includes Nostalgia and The Sacrifice), whose films are given over to more philosophical, unviersal themes, perhaps, than his earlier work.
In a grimy future world, a writer and a scientist are led into the Zone, an mysterious area sealed off by the authorities, by the stalker of the title. They have heard that the Zone contains a room where wishes can come true. Over the course of their journey, the three men bicker incessantly, each revealing their reasons for wanting to enter the Wishing Room (one of the film's working titles had been The Wish Machine).
The film, like all of Tarkovsky, is slow (nearly three hours), but the climax at the room is one of his greatest achievements, and the stalker's wife's speech is almost manifesto-like in its admission that without sadness life would be worse, because 'then there would be no happiness either.' This is Tarkovsky meditating on faith and miracles, and their seeming absence from the modern world.
Shot over two years in extremely difficult circumstances (the lab ruined the footage and the entire film had to be reshot, during which Tarkovsky had a heart attack; he became ill again during post-production and thought he was going to die), Stalker was first shown in the West at Cannes in 1980, where one critic commented that, with Stalker, Tarkovsky was 'throwing down the gauntlet' to other filmmakers. It remains one of the most staggering achievements in cinema.
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