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Come on people, you can’t leave this to Kino.
I just rented THIS film THIS VERY EVENING!
How about a Criterion version, Tom?
The Artificial Eye R2 version looks and sounds great, with a few extras.
I’d buy a Criterion release, though.
I have the Kino vhs – so I am in for a Criterion dvd. It’s my favourite movie, after all. Someday, I am going to wake up and find myself in the Zone…
I think Criterion could give us a better print then whats already out….
that would be divine
this is one of my fav films so, obviously yes, bring it on. I own the Image disc, which isn’t that bad quality wise. Better than vhs for sure, so I don’t know if I would pony up for a Criterion just to get gunshots on the mono soundtrack (mysteriously missing on my disc). Maybe would rent it for extras.
I do! On Blu-ray would be awesome.
Its a good enough movie.
What’s wrong with Kino? I think they do great dvds.
What we also really need is a good version on dvd of Nostalghia. I am avoiding the Korean copy widely available until a decent one comes along. Another one to add to Criterion want list?
I’d rather see the Mirror, with a commentary. I’ll take the rest later.
The Kino/Ruscico is great, extras and all…I don’t know what Criterion could provide as far as improvement…when I first saw this disc, I thought it was in 3D!!! the image was so good….
I’m a fan of Tarkovsky. But what is it about this film that you guys like? I found it too dense, and almost beyond comprehension. It was like they filmed me as a kid at thanksgiving when me and my cousins would go in the back yard and play make believe. Throw me a bone? What am I missing?
I don’t want this to come off as too slight, but from the get-go, it features the greatest score of all time….
Oh man! I’m going to watch it right now!
there is a lot to say about this film and it’s bigger themes, but I’m too tired to get into that now. Stylistically, I always loved the chromatic shifts; I’ll never forget the feeling of first watching the trolley ride into the zone (great music here) and suddenly being overwhelmed with the lush green colors. It’s a good indicator of how hopeful the characters might be feeling at the time (well, at least Stalker), but in general, the zone is supposed to be a place of hope so the others might have it too. That’s just one example, but there are many other things done here I’ve never seen duplicated anywhere near this level of effectiveness. I think there were 142 cuts in the entire 161 minute film. Lots of directors use long takes but here they flow so smoothly; it’s as if the whole thing was shot in one take alone. The trolley ride for example, was done in five shots, but the smooth fluid movement, the music, the compositions of the faces; it all flows so seamlessly that you’d swear after watching it was just one take. The “real time” effect is quite a contrast with his previous “Mirror”, where a single cut could put you in another era!
I can understand where one might think this film is overly “dense”, especially given some of the dialogue and that crazy ending; but you just need to give yourself over to the experience, and try to feel what the characters are feeling, in order to appreciate this film.
It’s all about who owns the rights. So what we think is of little consequence. Criterion cares of course, but, well you see my point. And yes I would love Stalker – Criterion are you listening? – I’ll do the commentary for a 6-pack of Becks and a bag of Doritos.
Having just seen this for the first time last week, I would DEFINITELY like to see a criterion version. I found it was very deep and I would love to watch this again just to take more layers in. This would make a great Tarkovsky addition, and not having to swtich dvds half way would be nice haha, I was so confused when part one ended and part two was on the second disc.
BECKS AND DORITOS FOR ALL! never seen it but have been contemplating picking up the kino release for sometime
I netflixed the Kino edition last week and it was so scratched up it wouldn’t play. I was just a little angry.
@JUSTIN___The Kino edition is indeed very good, but Tarkovsky’s breathtaking and beautiful cinematography needs to be done the proper justice of a Criterion Collection restration can give it.
Plus, Keagan’s got a point.