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Russian historical epic,
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This film is rare to DVD and seems to be available on R1 only. It covers a period when Russia had no ruling dynasty in place, and goes into some detail about the different factions that were trying to gain control of the country, from the Polish invaders, to the Russian pretenders to the throne. If that sounds dull, don't worry. Excellent battle scenes make it a very worthwhile purchase. Historical period detail is first class, though the leading actors are very much in the Russian style, that is somewhat stilted and old-school.The locations reek of authenticity, as does the portrayal of everyday life in a country torn by war.This is a period rarely covered in historical drama (The Last Valley is in a similar period, though some years later)so it is worth the purchase for this aspect alone. If you are a fan of historical war films such as 'Cromwell', 'Barry Lyndon' or 'Mongol', then I have no doubt you will enjoy it.