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on 16 January 2011
I love this movie and bought the Artificial Eye version because of certain extras. I also have the superb Criterion release, which is about 15 minutes longer. I won't discuss the actual film -- an acknowledged masterpiece of Russian film-making -- just the DVD production.
The AE version has a nice picture and good sub-titles but it somewhat awkward to navigate through all the dozen or so sub-titles and dubbing choices. The film is awkwardly split onto two discs (part 1 and part 2) even though it is well under 3 hours. Criterion has the entire film on one disc (in a version over 3 hours) and the picture remains superb. But the worst of the AE version is that the English sub-titles, on Disc 2, do not kick in until about 4 minutes into the disc. I thought, at first, that the disc was defective, as all the other sub-title choices except Japanese start right away.
AE usually does a better job than this. They made a nice special edition, but then were very careless about quality of execution.