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Nostalgia [DVD]

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  • Actors: Oleg Yankovskiy, Erland Josephson, Domiziana Giordano, Patrizia Terreno, Laura De Marchi
  • Directors: Andrei Tarkovsky
  • Writers: Andrei Tarkovsky, Tonino Guerra
  • Producers: Daniel Toscan du Plantier, Franco Casati, Manolo Bolognini, Renzo Rossellini
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Italian, Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Artificial Eye
  • DVD Release Date: 24 Feb. 2003
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (31 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00007KFMZ
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 88,263 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Drama from Russian film-maker Andrei Tarkovsky. In the Tuscan hills, Russian poet Andrei Gorchakov (Oleg Yankovsky) is researching the life of an 18th century composer when he meets a mysterious man named Domenico (Erland Josephson) who is convinced that the end of the world is nigh. Once Domenico leaves the village he asks Andrei to cross an ancient mineral pool carrying his lighted candle as an act of faith.

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Format: VHS Tape
Nostalgia is a film brimming with sumptuous images, dream like and evocative. Set in Italy, a visiting Russian poet (a thinly disguised Tarkovsky) questions the nature of memory and exile. Throughout the film he is haunted by flashbacks of his past and home, as he wanders through the landscapes of Tuscany and Umbria, encountering frescos of Piero della Francesca, images of candle lit altars. One particular scene of a woman walking across water with a candle has remained one of the most memorable I have seen in a film. Not exactly a racing plot, but the sheer visual nature of the narrative makes up for that. A 'must see' for hard-core Tarkovsky fans and newcomers alike.
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I've seen all of Tarkovsky's films bar "The Sacrifice" and I think "Nostalgia" is possibly the best of them all. Deeply spiritual and pregnant with meaning, "Nostalgia" features some breathtaking cinematography and contains many memorable, visually arresting scenes, such as Eugenia's visit to the church, Gorchakov's meeting with Domenico in his dilapidated house, the flooded church ruins, Domenico's rant atop a statue of Marcus Aurelius in Rome ,Gorchakov's walk through St Catherine's Pool with a candle ,and many more. "Nostalgia" is a film about alienation in all it's forms; it highlights the problems of living in an alien culture and homesickness, alienation from other people, alienation from society and ultimately from life itself. The central character ,Gorchakov, goes on a spiritual journey as the film progresses , especially after his meeting with the lunatic mystic, Domenico. Haunted by memories of his family in Russia and facing the frustrated ire of his attractive Italian interpreter ,Eugenia, for not "trying it on" with her, Gorchakov finds consolation in metaphysical reflection ,an exploration of the religious vision of life and ultimately a search for Salvation. "Nostalgia" features many of Tarkovsky's favourite images; running water, horses,dogs, rain, mists and spilt milk and the director, through his characters and cinematography ,seems to be making a pantheistic plea for humanity to re-embrace nature ,which is equated closely with the Divine in this film. Every image and sound is exquisitely sculpted by Tarkovsky in "Nostalgia" and the acting is excellent as well. Like all of Tarkovsky's films, "Nostalgia" is thought provoking and profound and undoubtedly will repay multiple viewings.
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Format: DVD
This DVD edition of "Nostalgia" comes with two rare documentaries made at the time of the film's production. "Tempo di Viaggio" and "Tarkovsky In Nostalgia". Both offer fascinating insight into Tarkovsky's working method and include footage of him talking with Italian script-writing maestro Tonino Guerra, who has worked with Fellini, Antonioni and Angelopolous.
The picture quality of the film is excellent but there is a major drawback regarding the soundtrack. For the first 30 minutes of the film (Disc 1), there is a distractingly audible crackle and hiss noise. This is completely unacceptable in a DVD format and I am very curious to know if other buyers have experienced a similar problem with their copy.
Apart from this serious fault, "Nostalgia" plus 2 documentaries is a most welcome addition to the Tarkovsky DVD library.
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Format: DVD Verified Purchase
The Artificial Eye DVD is cropped from 16:9 to 4:3, so you loose part of the Picture. Also for the first 28 minutes the audio clackles like an old record. The movie itself is 5 stars, but this particular Artificial Eye DVD is just 1 star.
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Format: Blu-ray Verified Purchase
Tarkovsky on blu-ray is becoming quite comprehensive with only Stalker (as far as I can discover) yet to début. Trouble is, with the exception of The Sacrifice (region-free) and Solaris, the rest are either only obtainable from overseas sources or are not Region B friendly.

Nostalghia is no exception: this Kino release is region A only. But if you do have a multi-region blu-ray player, I think this disc is well worth buying.

It is superior in quality to Kino's other recent release, The Sacrifice, which suffers from too much DNR and "sharpness" tweaking, giving it a very unnatural sheen, whereas, Nostalghia suffers no such digital "enhancement" defects. However, there would also appear to be no restoration work (perhaps in response to criticisms of The Sacrifice). Negative speckles are present (showing as white dots), and the soundtrack hasn't been cleaned up much - I could detect at least one reel change on the soundtrack alone. But to be positive, I think these slight imperfections contribute to the very filmic feel and quality that this blu-ray has.

And the transfer is otherwise excellent. If, as I am, you are used to seeing Nostalghia via Artificial Eye's DVD, you will immediately notice that colour saturation has a much more natural look: trees, smoke, flesh tones, blood, all appear as they should. The dream/memory sequences are now in black-and-white, not in sepia. The correct aspect ratio, 1.66, is now used, giving a little more picture area. But the greatest gain is in overall clarity and detail. Nostalghia abounds in natural textures: ancient stone, flowing and falling water, decaying buildings, and when human beings are set against such backgrounds the effect is almost 3D in quality.

Overall, a very satisfying disc which truly reflects its origins.
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