War and peace

War and peace

DVD - 2002 | Russian
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A painstakingly detailed adaptation of the Tolstoy novel which follows the interconnected lives of a group of Russian aristocrats from 1805 to 1812, including Napoleon's invasion of Russia.
Publisher: W. Long Branch, N.J. : Kultur, p2002
Edition: Full screen (Standard) ed. Modified from the original 2.20x1 aspect ratio of 70mm Sovietscope production
ISBN: 9780769713397
0769713394
Branch Call Number: DVD WAR
Characteristics: 3 videodiscs (403 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in

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TomasInce
Mar 21, 2016

I saw this masterpiece by Sergei Bondarchuck on the big screen at SIFF several years ago and was blown away by the majesty of it all.

This version by Kultor is an insult to anyone who loves movies. It's not widescreen (it's pan and scanned or cropped) and the image quality is unforgivable. For a comparison between Kultor and RusCiCo (the version that's meant to be viewed) go to:

http://www.dvdbeaver.com/film/DVDCompare/warandpeace.htm

I suggest going to Scarecrow Video in Seattle and renting the Russian release.

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Jane_Sm
Jan 09, 2016

Wonderful commentary in a recent FT article, about the novel and Bondarchuk's epic film version:
http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/8a003e2c-b497-11e5-8358-9a82b43f6b2f.html

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luckycat
Sep 26, 2014

Every time I attempt to watch some other screen adaptation of War and Peace, I have to go back to this masterpiece to detox. If Tolstoy is in heaven and there are DVD players there, he is watching only this one.

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ECSander
Jan 31, 2010

Absolutely magnificent.

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