I think it is total insanity that we have to hunt down mediocre DVDs from other regions to experience Tarkovsky. Ok, three are on Criterion, but what about Stalker, Mirror, Offret, Nostalghia? What does it take to realize that maybe the greatest visions ever put to film deserve better? I would trade a years worth of Criterion releases for Tarkovsky, and that’s not a put down of Criterion. Wake up!
I WAS THINKING THE SAME THING!
i was searching for so long!
but Solaris is coming out this year on blu (thank god!)
I understand the desire to see it in pristine condition, but I’m not sure seeing The Mirror in hi def is going to make me appreciate it more.
however, Stalker in hi def would be nice
all of his dvds are barebones (except for Solaris and Ivan’s Childhood)
and I’d just love to see his images in something close to what they actually are supposed to look like
Yeah, same here (projected on the big screen). It would be interesting to see all that texture on blu, tho.
I’m from a CT suburb and I get almost NO classic movies to see
Ive gotten Psycho, Breathless, Ran and Metropolis
my areas probs gonna miss out on Battleship Potemkin
I’d love to see a Tarkovsky, or a Bergman, or a Bresson
but all the “art” cinemas show is mumblecore indie shit, or “foreign” films that have more western influence than a Spielberg movie
I live in Dallas and I’m consistently surprised how few houses there are that cater to showcasing older, lesser-known films. I should really look into it.
Still, at least you have a city, with some sort of activity
right now, I’m 40 minutes away from the closest cinema that can play quality stuff and right now they are playing The Tempest
for a fucking week
A JULIE TAYMOR FILM
oh well, imma be going to school in boston and they have some nice showings around
If anyone is interested in Andrei Rublev (Blu), consult this thread: http://forum.blu-ray.com/region-c/140358-andrei-rublev-andrei-tarkovsky.html
I purchased a copy from the Russian site listed in that thread, and received my copy for 20 bucks including shipping (Took 6 months to get to USA).
The quality of the print is incredible, menus are easy to navigate, and it is well worth every single penny. They also have Stalker on Blu-Ray for those interested.
I have it on good authority that no Tarkovsky film will be released on Blu-ray.
Not blu, but really really good DVD!
Criterion announced the Solaris blu ray in their new year’s drawing.
Quick really dumb, unrelated question that I didn’t want to start a whole thread on:
I have a bluray player and an HDTV but only RCA cables right now, no HDMI. Does this drastically affect the quality or completely defeat the purpose of my bluray player? It works but i’m not sure whether it would be even better if I get HDMI cables.
And I cannot wait for Solaris on Bluray!
Yes, this drastically reduces the quality. Go here, HDMI cables are not expensive: http://www.monoprice.com/home/index.asp
There is a difference, though it by no means defeats the purpose of your blu-ray player. (I am assuming you have a nice-sized HDTV) Do you at least have component video? If you are using the yellow analog video output, there will be a drop in quality due to filtering and such. HDMI cables are cheap now, you should just get one.
Yeah, as Rossi said, Criterion has already officially hinted that Solaris will be released some time this year. Kino has been very cautious with Blu-ray, but I’d imagine Stalker is somewhere on the horizon.
Yes. I would buy every single Tarkovsky blu ray in a heartbeat. There is nothing else I would rather see released.
I am tempted to pick up those Russian copies of Stalker & Andrei Rublev
EDIT: Where is the Stalker blu ray? I can’t seem to find it on that Russian site.
well amazon is selling “solaris” on blu for lest than i paid for criterion dvd edition…was worth every dollar though
A Criterion blu-ray release of Stalker would be magnificent, and The Mirror would be nearly as satisfying. I’ve learned to not get my hopes up about such things, though.
Andrei Rublev on blu-ray would be superb!
Speaking of Stalker and The Mirror, is there any criterion/kino crossover?
There are licensing problems with a lot of foreign movies, that’s also why they’re (often) only available in certain regions. Just be patient, Tarkovsky will come to America eventually. For many other directors (especially older ones, from about pre-1945) they’ll probably never make the trip, if only for lack of interest in N. America.
Often you can buy copies from overseas on the internet but the translations in the subs are pretty generally sub-par (at least, that’s my experience going back and forth from Hong Kong).
Well many foreign films have never been theatrically released in North America, which is probably also why they don’t have region one releases. Army of Shadows, Made in U.S.A., and Dillinger Is Dead were never theatrically released at all in the US until the noughties.
Solaris is coming… Hurra!
The Sacrifice is supposedly being released this year on Bluray courtesy of Kino. This was told to me by the supervisor on the project, Brett Wood.
Can you ask Brett if they’re doing a new transfer or if they’re just slapping a file on a bluray in typical Kino fashion.
Its supposedly a new transfer. You should check out his blog post on the matter, which he wrote ages ago. All of the DVD transfers of The Sacrifice have not been accurate, according to him.
Here’s the email he sent to me—
The BluRay of THE SACRIFICE was postponed because the 35mm low-contrast print we were using as our source had printed-in dust and dirt which was unsatisfactory to us. We looked at two alternate film elements and neither of these was any better.
Fortunately, new technology has been developed that can remove the dust/dirt without affecting motion within the video, and without softening the detail of the image. Right now we’re deciding between a couple of different processes and will then finish the master of THE SACRIFICE.
The film has been put back on the release schedule in Spring 2011.