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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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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.
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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