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The Andrei Tarkovsky Collection [DVD] [1962]

Erland Josephson , Oleg Yankovskly , Andrei Tarkovsky    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Erland Josephson, Oleg Yankovskly, Alexksandr Kaidonovsky, Margarita Terekhiva
  • Directors: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Format: Box set, PAL
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 7
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Jun 2011
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003S4LEKK
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 44,159 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Cited as being one of the most famous Soviet filmmakers since Sergei M Eisenstein. For the first time ever on DVD, all seven of Tarkovsky's masterpieces presented together in one deluxe set for the very first time. Titles featured are - Ivan's Childhood (1962) Andrei Rublev (1966) Solaris (1972) The Mirror (1975) Stalker (1979) Nostalgia (1983) The Sacrifice (1986)

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153 of 160 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tarkovsky deserves better 5 July 2011
Format:DVD
Words cant describe my disapointment. After countless deleys, which lasted almost a year, i finally recived the box set and there is nothing deluxe about it.

Andrey Rublyov: The picture quality is superb but that still doesn't excuse the fact that the film is 10 min shorter then the previous AE release and 30 min shorter then the criterion directors cut.

Nostalgia: Again the picture quality is superb but the sound problems that plagued the first release are still there.

The Sacrifice: The picture format problem is still there.

As for the rest of the box set, i cant say that i noticed any diffrence in the picture and sound quality between the old and the new AE dvds.

The only extra is the 90 min documentary Meeting Andrei Tarkovsky, which is a shame because, the old releases were jam packed with feature length documentaries, cast and crew interviews, ...

It brakes my heart to have to give a one star review to seven masterworks by the imortal Andrei Arsenyevich Tarkovsky, but i think he deserves better.
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96 of 102 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Stupid, stupid, stupid! 3 Aug 2011
By mkh
Format:DVD
It seems that, no matter how old you get, you can still be dumb & naive on occasions. Not only did I believe Artificial Eye's blurb that this box set was going to be a deluxe edition, I also believed their intended release date. Because of this I sold off the DVDs I owned of Tarkovsky's films over six months ago & have been waiting ever since.

Now I've got to buy most of them back again because this box set is about as disappointing as you can get. Rubylev is missing about 10 minutes (& I'm told there is an even longer version out there); Stalker comes without the second DVD material that accompanied the original AE release; Nostalgia still has the sound problems that appeared on their original DVD release of this film (unless every original negative print has become damaged, I really do not understand this. It certainly did not occur when the film was shown at the cinema).

This was a golden opportunity for the distributor to create a product that could have set a standard in terms of quality. Considering the Tarkovsky market will hardly be vast, what was the point of releasing the DVDs as a box-set unless to enhance both the director's reputation & (through a labour of love) Artificial Eye's?

Instead, after months of delays, they have simply re-released the original discs without many of the extras that appeared in the first releases (although there is a new documentary).

AE must know that those who love his films really love his films, and will be highly critical of any distributor who treats this film-maker with anything less than the respect he deserves. This is precisely what they have done here. A waste in almost every way.

I am so disappointed in this box-set that I am considering boycotting AE future releases. They have actually managed to alienate an admirer of their company. It seems I wasn't the only one who was stupid.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Andrei Tarkovsky, big God 12 Feb 2012
Format:DVD
While I've read the other reviews and fully understand that people have their reasons for being disappointed, I'm pleased with my Tarkovsky box set (although I have to say it isn't really worth £40 - luckily Fopp were only charging £25 for it when I bought mine in early January).

Prior to buying this set I already owned The Sacrifice, Stalker and Nostalgia on Artificial Eye and there's no doubt they were better packaged editions. But I'm glad that I now finally have Solaris on DVD to spend hours marvelling at.

And while this set's not exactly 'deluxe' it isn't a tacky effort either - although the inclusion of a booklet of some kind would have been welcome.

All in all - if you want to see Tarkovsky's films on DVD, then this box set is fine. But if you really want to experience the Tarkovsky vibe, the only way to do it is by seeing the films at the cinema.
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33 of 41 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Tarkovsky travesty 26 Dec 2011
Format:DVD
DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT! I've had the old VHS issues of these films for years, and know them inside out, and I was looking forward to viewing the greater visual and sound quality offered by this box set. This collection, however, is a travesty. The soundtrack on Nostalgia sounds like an old Jazz record from the 1920s, with a high, constant crackle throughout. The sound, moreover, is not embedded in the action or setting, so it sounds like something picked up from the floor of the special effects department. Worse still, the format of the film has been changed. On Stalker it's even worse. Tarkovsky's use of the widescreen format is unparalleled in cinema, and cutting his format down to fit a TV screen is like chopping three feet off a Rembrandt to fit the space over your bed. Anyone who buys a boxset of Tarkovsky is likely to be a film lover, which begs the question how the philistines in charge of this mess thought they could get away with it. Treating the Die Hard series like this would be shoddy; doing this to one of the greatest oeuvres in cinema is an insult to Tarlovsky, and shows the contempt of the suits at Artificial Eye for their customers. I'll be returning my set next week, and I urge you to do the same, to let those responsible know they can't get away with this kind of scam, and hopefully get them sacked, leaving room for someone who loves the work of this artist. At least it explains why you can pick up this pile of rubbish for £30 a few months after it long-awaited release.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Almost complete catalogue of Tarkovsky's films.
Tarkovsky is in my view probably the greatest filmmaker of all times.
This is a collection of Tarkovsky's masterpieces. Read more
Published 16 days ago by VinylLover
5.0 out of 5 stars great movies good box
of course very good movies, way cheaper in the uk. In germany it's impossible to get the Box for a reasonable price.

-Some movie parts are missing. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Sarah Ferede
5.0 out of 5 stars Essential viewing
Tarkovsky's work is one of the major achievements of art film, just seven major films which are gathered together in this admirably produced box. Read more
Published 6 months ago by N. E. M. Goulder
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth owning
Have only watched three of the films up to now. The films are a bit slow but full of depth.
Published 12 months ago by Ms. R. M. Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Tarkovsky - a rite of passage
To have all these monuments of the cinema in one box is a great comfort, having spent years viewing parts of them with or without subtitles. Read more
Published 13 months ago by D. F. Ford
5.0 out of 5 stars All films together
This Tarkovsky boxset by Artificial Eye features all 7 of Andrei Tarkovsky's feature length films.

Tarkovsky, as a director, is unique in World Cinema: his... Read more
Published 13 months ago by Xenophon
5.0 out of 5 stars Nothing compares.
Absolute sheer beauty. Nothing compares to the few films Tarkovsky made in his too short life. Also the packaging by Artificial Eye is a jewel.
Published 15 months ago by sunrisespacelab
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth it for "Stalker" alone
I had ordered Stalker and Solaris about a year ago - was still waiting for availability and was delighted when the boxed set became available immediatly for little more. Read more
Published 16 months ago by P. A. Nethercott
5.0 out of 5 stars splendid
Very well presented, one of the best film makers ever. Russian romanticism and sentiment, and Soviet surrealism all in one. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kees van der Pijl
4.0 out of 5 stars Some great films, but....
Thought provoking stuff from a great film maker but sometimes perhaps a little too vague. I love Stalker and Solaris but Sacrifice bored me more than a little, but i know some... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Davy L
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