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John Connor [DVD News 04.18.17] Russia post apocalyptic scifi thriller

Andrei Takovsky's epic adaptation of Roadside Picnic remains one of the most enigmatic and sought after Soviet post-apocalyptic films. For years it's been available on *okay* DVD releases, but now it looks like the Criterion Collection will release the film in July on both Blu-ray and DVD.

About Stalker:
Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other.

A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires.

Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself—Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.

The new release features:
- New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
- New interview with Geoff Dyer, author of Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
- Interview from 2002 with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky
- Interview from 2002 with set designer Rashit Safiullin
- Interview from 2002 with composer Eduard Artemyev
- New English subtitle translation

PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Le Fanu.

Recommended Release: Stalker

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