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Criterion Collection: Andrei Rublev [DVD] [1973] [US Import]

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  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: U
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305257450
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 54,019 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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The 15th-century Russian icon painter renounces his art after taking part in a peasant uprising. Directed by Andrei Tarkovsky.

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I have owned the Criterion edition of this film a long time; I recently bought the Ruscico (Russian Cinema Council) edition and think I should try to make clearer the differences. This is not a critique of Tarkovsky's work -- that is beyond my capabilities.

As you may already know, the Criterion edition is taken from Martin Scorsese's personal print and represents the penultimate version of the film, while the Ruscico edition represents the release version, which is about twenty minutes shorter. However, Tarkovsky did more than pare twenty minutes off the film -- it's actually a somewhat different film, though the differences are not major.

To begin with, the Scorsese print (Criterion) has a completely different set of credit titles and intertitles, and at that stage the film was titled "Strasty po Andreyu" (Passion of Andrei). The release version (Ruscico) is titled "Andrei Rublev" and is not merely shorter: it contains shots that do not appear in "Strasty po Andreyu" (Criterion). Commenting on the DVDs themselves, the Ruscico DVD is much better looking. The subtitles (as one might imagine) are written by someone whose native language is Russian, and that is very important to me. When the subtitles are written by an English-speaker they are rendered in English idioms and subtle, specific meanings are often lost. Sometimes one cannot even tell what a scene is about. (There is a scene in Criterion's "Ivanovo Detstvo", for example, where the English-written subs completely obscure the point of a scene, while the Russian-written English subs in Ruscico's version make it perfectly clear.
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Unutterably beautiful and much funnier than you might expect, this is a very special film that is better on second or third viewing as the story, or elliptical narrative if you like, becomes clearer. Basically Andrei is a doubter who is tempted by 'the pleasures of the flesh' and can see no reason to continue his artistic odyssey until he sees the blind perfect faith (in humanity?) of the boy who is the bell maker. After that, he understands his purpose in life forsaking everything for art. And it ends incomparably and thrillingly. You have to understand that this 'comedy' is necessarily slow and perfect in its gorgeous presentation of the Russian world and that watery nature is symbolic of 'life' 'the universe' and 'everything' to enjoy its mesmeric beauty.
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This is a severely cut version of the film so much so that it adds up to a string of very short excerpts. It is not as advertsed and proves very disappointing.
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excellent film destroyed by widescreen transfer. Should be an option to see it as Tarkovsky compose it. Shame, shame and shame on criterion
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beyond words
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