Stalker [1979] [Criterion] (BLU)

Andrei Tarkovsky

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Synopsis

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 professor 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.

Product Details

  • Starring: Nikolai Grinko, Alisa Freindlikh, Natasha Abramova, Aleksandr Kaidanovsky, Anatoly Solonitsyn
  • Format: Color, Fullscreen, NTSC
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Rating: Not Rated
  • Label: The Criterion Collection
  • Release Date: 07/18/2017
  • Run Time: 161 minutes
  • Catalogue #: 888

Special Features

  • New interview with Geoff Dyer, author of Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
  • Interviews from with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky, set designer Rashit Safiullin, and composer Eduard Artemyev
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Le Fanu
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