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:
I suggest going to Scarecrow Video in Seattle and renting the Russian release.
Wonderful commentary in a recent FT article, about the novel and Bondarchuk's epic film version:
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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