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Stalker [DVD] [1979] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

3.7 out of 5 stars 102 customer reviews


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Product details

  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, German, French, Italian, Portuguese, Swedish, Chinese, Russian, Dutch, Arabic, Japanese
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (102 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00006IUJ5
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 509,488 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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Product description

The film is based on the science-fiction novel "A Picnic on the Roadside" by Russian sci-fi writers, the brothers Arkady and Boris Strugatsky.

Stalker is the man who knows a lot about the system of obstacles and traps in the Zone. He knows the way to the coveted room where any wish may come true. To find this room is the goal of Writer and Professor. The writer hopes to find inspiration there, the professor dreams of making a discovery. Led by the Stalker, they finally reach the room... But will they be able to enter it? And what will the path of self-knowledge lead to? The Andrei Tarkovsky film does not offer definitive answers.

Quoted in the film are the verses by poets Fyodor Tyutchev and Arseny Tarkovsky, the director's father.

Awards:
Luchino Visconti Prize for Andrei Tarkovsky at the David Donatello Competition in Italy, 1980;
Special Jury Prize (Interfilm and OSIK) at the Cannes IFF, 1980;
FIPRESCI Prize at the Cannes IFF, 1981;
Special Ecumenical Jury Prize for Off-Competition Films at the Cannes IFF, 1982
Special Freatures:
Photographs and filmografies of the cast and crew members;
Photo album;
Interview with photography director A. Knyazhinsky;
Interview with production designer R. Safiullin;
Interview with composer E. Artemiev;
Fragment from A. Tarkovskys diploma work, "The Streamroller and the Violin";
Documentary about A. Tarkovskys house, "Memory";

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WARNING: The CURZON Artificial Eye Blu-Ray of Stalker is appalling. I've compared mine to the old Artificial Eye DVD & the DVD wins hands down. This looks & sounds like a 30 year old VHS copy. What I don't understand is that Ivan's Childhood - Andrei Rublev - Solaris & Mirror have all been a considerable improvement on the previous Artificial Eye DVD. I'm only hoping now that they haven't messed Nostalgia & The Sacrifice up.
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Artificial Eye has missold this release. The print quality is dire, the sound quality is terrible. One of the truly great films of the post-war period has been given very poor treatment here. It's caused me to pause before buying the rest of AE's Tarkovsky blu-rays.
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Man, I love this film.
But I tell you a thing. If you are a reader sort of person who doesn't speak Russian, watch it again with the subtitles turned off. This facilitates looking at the pictures, which is way better. You might have to guess a bit about the story if you have a poor memory; but it kinda works. Also works good with Andrei Rublev.
This stuff is going to be massive. But, I gotta say the dvds is a bit expense.
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Like previous reviewers I have to register my disappointment with this issue.
Having had plenty of so-so blurays in the past I took the so-so picture quality in my stride.
What really gets to me is not so much the poor sound quality, but the fact that the sound is out of synch!
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A film from another planet?

This is a pure stream of profound consciousness.
Each frame is created to the highest possible artistic quality.

I just love the notions, and musings, behind the subconscious; how our innermost feelings, and desires, are even unknown to ourselves; we can fake what we think we want to feel, but we can never shake what we truly desire.

This is hardly a film, more, something much more; a philosophical and psychological out-worldly piece of expression.

Like others have said, hardly any words are needed to describe this.
It simply is, and it's special to each person that watches it.
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Love the film. Quality is rubbish. Might as well watch it on VHS.
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Another moment of Christmas satisfaction for my brother!
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If you met an angel, would you recognise him?
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