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Stalker (1979/Criterion Collection Blu-ray)

Picture: B+ Sound: B+ Extras: B Film: B+

The visually stunning film Stalker (1979) is now available on Blu-ray courtesy of The Criterion Collection in this 2K remastered version that takes audiences into the world of the film like never before. The fifth feature film by Acclaimed Director Andrei Tarkovsky (Mirror, Solaris), the world of Stalker is hypnotizing, dark, and endless with images that are simplistic yet intriguing.

An adaptation of the novel Picnic by the Roadside by brothers Boris Strugatsky and Arkady Strugatsky, Stalker is an allegorical sci-fi film that makes you think much like Solaris, this film has been claimed by many as one of of Tarkovsky's best in what is yet another deep journey of a film from the legendary filmmaker.

Stalker stars Alisa Freyndlikh, Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy, and Anatoliy Solonitsyn.

In a small, unnamed country there is an area called 'The Zone' that contains 'The Room', where in it is believed your greatest desires are granted. However The Zone isn't an easy place to get to - it is in a forbidden area and has been sealed off and isn't without great peril to enter its core. That doesn't stop a writer, a professor, and a 'stalker' from getting into the zone by any means necessary. What will their fate be, especially if there is truly no turning back?

Presented in 1080p high definition with a full frame aspect ratio of 1.37:1 from the original 35mm elements and an uncompressed monaural audio track, the film has been remastered in 2K high definition. Never short on detail, the film masterfully uses both its sound and visual tracks to create interesting and atmospheric sequences. Parts of the film are in a sepia tone and other parts in a natural view (color), the practical filmmaking here is mind boggling. The language track is in Russian with newly translated English Subs. The result is superior to anything but the best film prints of a film that just gains a larger following all the time.

Special Features...

New interview with Geoff Dyer, author of Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room

Interview with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky

Interview with set designer Rashit Safiullin

Interview with composer Eduard Artemyev

An Essay by critic Mark Le Fans in a collectible insert booklet

This impressive Blu-ray edition from Criterion is solid and continues Criterion's longtime celebration of Tarkovsky's work any time they've released one of his gems.

- James Lockhart



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