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The Colour of Pomegranates: Special Edition [DVD] [1968]


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  • Directors: Sergei Paradjanov
  • Format: PAL, Colour
  • Language: Armenian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Second Sight Films
  • DVD Release Date: 29 Aug. 2011
  • Run Time: 70 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B005BPLZ8A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 16,458 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Sergei Paradjanov's celebrated, dreamlike masterpiece paints an astonishing portrait of the 18th century Armenian poet Sayat Nova, the 'King of Song'. Paradjanov's aim was not a conventional biography but a cinematic expression of his work, resulting in an extraordinary visual poem. Key moments in his subject's life are illustrated through a series of exquisitely orchestrated tableaux filled with rich colour and stunning iconography, each scene a celluloid painting alive with sylised movement.
One of cinema's most revered and beautiful films, The Colour of Pomegranates is a unique and rewarding experience that haunts the memory long after viewing.

Extensive Bonus Features:
Introduction by writer and filmmaker Daniel Bird
'The World Is A Window: Making The Colour of Pomegranates' - a new documentary by Daniel Bird
Memories of Sayat Nova
Commentary by Levon Abrahamyan moderated by Daniel Bird
New improved subtitles

Review

A remarkably beautiful and inspiring piece of cinema - ***** --Empire

One of the most sensual art films ever made --The Guardian

Hauntingly Beautiful --Film4.com

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4.2 out of 5 stars
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43 of 46 people found the following review helpful By A. S. Potts on 2 Sept. 2011
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If you don't already know this work and have just come across it while browsing a quick search should furnish you with an abundance of information about the director and his films. Of course, a great change has taken place from the days when I first discovered Paradjanov in the 1970's when very little information was available. In fact, due to my confusion over the distinctly different spellings of his name prevalent at the time, [not to mention the dramatic shift in style] it took me a number of years to realize that the maker of Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors and of The Colour of Pomegranates was one and the same.

This edition is of the 'Russian cut' made by Sergei Yutkevitch as opposed to the 'Armenian cut' and appears to be the love child of Daniel Bird, whose name is well represented in the numerous extras. Sadly, neither cut can be said to represent Paradjanov's intentions yet the film remains a miraculous feat of poetic film-making possessing a strange and arcane beauty unique in cinema.

The film image in this case has a clear, clean, bright quality with a minimum amount of dirt and damage, but I think this might have been achieved by more than a little electronic tweaking. Compared to the Films Sans Frontieres 'Armenian cut' edition with its fluctuating colour and light levels, it's a 100% improvement, but there is some light fluctuation here, also. However, the colours are somewhat muted but the contrast ratio is much better, giving rise to more detail. I think we are now close to the Connoisseur/BFI VHS release of twenty years ago, at least I remember it as being very good.

Of course, the differences between the two extant versions of the film are well known.
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`The Colour of Pomegranates' is a Russian film that presents the life of Sayat Nova, an 18th-century Armenian poet. He was a weaver who became known as `Sayat Nova' or the `King of Song' on becoming court minstrel to King Heracle II of Georgia. He was sent to a monastery after seducing the king's sister, Anna. But he rose through the ranks to become Archbishop of Tiflis, and martyred on the steps of his cathedral by the invading Persians.

The Armenian director Sergei Paradjanov abandoned the socialist realist style of filmmaking at the time, the only sanctioned style in the USSR in the late 1960's, in favour of his own unconventional vision. Paradjanov combines music, poetry, art and theatre, the life of Nova is told in a bewilderingly expressionistic spectrum of colours, textures and sounds. `The Colour of Pomegranates' is full of mesmerising and exotic imagery, of a place that this is both surreal, forgotten and utterly mysterious.

But this film isn't merely a surreal collection of bizarre images , as was the case in the 1970's with the heady psychedelia of Alejandro Jodorowsky and the like. Its a poetic and symbolic story of Armenian religion, culture and society shown through the eyes of Sayat Nova. Religious imagery and rituals are ever-present, some verses from Nova's work, animal imagery is used extensively, with sumptuous Armenian illustrations, costumes and music.

If ever a filmmaker could say he had an artists eye, Paradjanov's is undeniable. This film is an artists labour of love and the attention to detail is quite stunning, from the way Paradjanov's camera frames everything, the people, the animals and objects. In one striking sequence, Nova as a boy is seen crouched awkwardly on a bed, as his parents throw blankets to cover him.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs Angela Long on 15 Dec. 2013
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this is an original film using film as a almost purely visual medium.The set pieces are stunning,...the pace is slow
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Christer Florman on 15 Jan. 2013
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This is a real artwork of the highest quality and at the same time it gives a strong feeling of Caucasus.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Roberto I. Quesada on 1 Nov. 2012
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...not perfect. Picture quality is okay compare to the Kino Edition DVD, little softness here and there. The 30 min documentary "Memories of Sayat Nova" by Levon Grigoryan is absolutely great and it's worth every penny. In order to fully "understand" what this movie is about this is the version to get, however, it's not the so-called director's cut (aka Armenian version).
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