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War and Peace

Spine #983



Release:
Jun 25, 2019
$49.95

Number of Discs: 2

Specs
  • 2.35:1 Widescreen
  • Russian DTS-HD 5.1 Surround
  • English subtitles

War and Peace

Other Versions:

Original release


Directed By: Sergei Bondarchuk
Licensor: Mosfilm




At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet film industry set out to prove it could outdo Hollywood with a production that would dazzle the world: a titanic, awe-inspiring adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic tome in which the fates of three souls—the blundering, good-hearted Pierre; the heroically tragic Prince Andrei; and the radiant, tempestuous Natasha—collide amid the tumult of the Napoleonic Wars. Employing a cast of thousands and an array of innovative camera techniques, director Sergei Bondarchuk conjures a sweeping vision of grand balls that glitter with rococo beauty and breathtaking battles that overwhelm with their expressionistic power. As a statement of Soviet cinema’s might, War and Peace succeeded wildly, garnering the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and setting a new standard for epic moviemaking.

Supplements
  • New interviews with cinematographer Anatoly Petritsky and filmmaker Fedor Bondarchuk, son of director Sergei Bondarchuk
  • Two documentaries, from 1966 and 1969, about the making of the film
  • Television program from 1967 on actor Ludmila Savelyeva, featuring Sergei Bondarchuk
  • New program with historian Denise J. Youngblood (Bondarchuk’s “War and Peace”: Literary Classic to Soviet Cinematic Epic) detailing the cultural and historical contexts for the film
  • Janus Films rerelease trailer
  • An essay by critic Ella Taylor

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