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on 18 October 2005
Admittedly it's a few years since I saw The Sacrifice, but it remains in my mind one of the best and most moving films of the 20th century. Only those of us who grew up with the threat of nuclear annihilation at a moment's notice can truly appreciate the horror at the heart of this movie, but even so there's so much more to this film - truth, spirituality, the nature of sacrifice and faith, and some of the most stunning cinematography you will ever see.
But don't bother to watch this if you
a) have a short attention span
b) think that a kung-fu sequence or thrash metal soundtrack make a film more interesting
c) like nothing more intellectually challenging than an episode of the Simpsons.
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on 12 May 2014
Its definitely thoughtful. Its beautiful. It takes me a bit of discipline to stick with something that is so subtle.. but I loved its quality.
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on 7 July 2009
Just as great as Tarkovsky's film, The Sacrifice, is Disc 2 - about Tarkovsky himself. His searching, depth, perception and perfectionism are essential keys to understanding life and death. Thanks to his son and to cameraman Arne Carlsson for this magnificent and historic film on disc.
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on 26 December 2014
thought provoking film
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Someone has to review great art, but I would rather not do that, it doesn't need my help. Just one thing pierced the ear in the review below: That is not correct - Tarkovsky did not know it will be his last film; and he did not "hurry" (easy to say!) or anything like that. He wouldn't hurry even if he knew, because true artists don't.

This very DVD, by the way, also includes a documentary, which tells something about the work on the "Sacrifice," and there are many other sources about Tarkovsky's work, including his own "Sculpting in Time."
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on 14 February 2016
I worked on this film
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on 17 May 2012
Kino have done an exceptional job with this Blu-ray release of Tarkovsky's final masterwork. The difference between this and their earlier DVD release is like night and day. This is the sort of production that Blu-ray was made for.

The inclusion of Michal Leszcylowski's very fine documentary, DIRECTED BY ANDREI TARKOVSKY, as a separate DVD is very welcome, but it's a pity that it too wasn't given the full 1080 treatment. No matter - the main feature has been sumptuously transferred in full 16:9 glory. This is a must-have disc for all Tarkovsky enthusiasts.
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on 10 September 2004
The Plot: A collection of middle or upper middle class white Swedes are (after a while in the film) eventually informed by a crackling TV broadcast that the end of the world is nigh, in the guise of nuclear apocalypse. The response of the characters is portrayed in various ways, from the calm doctor sedating the hysterical females to the mysterious and angelic Otto, the Nitzschean amateur philosopher-postman. The central character, Alexander, a middle aged ex student of philosophy with a hitherto unfulfilled life, makes an appeal to God to save humanity from the iminent tragedy. As payment for the favour Alexander offers all that is dear to him to God...
The film's cinematography is very good, offering a scaffold for mood building and atmosphere, and the development of the main character is accomplished and masterful. However, the film suffers from obscure references and ideas in the film which do not seem to bear fruit or relation to the plot, and an excess of this makes Sacrifice less than easy to watch. I would only recommend this to patient, cultured people. There is very little open action and a lot is implicit. The movie is certainly alternative, but tries too hard in places. Occasionally the scenes are flecked with dark humour, a relief which is in too short a supply throughout.
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on 16 November 2014
not keen on this one, difficult to follow in foreign language. subtitles were a distraction
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on 24 July 2015
Watching this one at the moment. Struggling with it but then it is set in Sweden. Bleak!
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