SOKUROV: EARLY MASTERWORKS

SOKUROV: EARLY MASTERWORKS

Sale Price: $64.95

Price: $64.95
Code: 5170
Whispering Pages (BD)
1994 / Russia / 70 min / 1.33:1 / NR / 1080p
Russian Dolby Digital 2.0 / English subtitles

Stone
1992 / Russia / 79 min / 1.33:1 / NR
Russian Dolby Digital 2.0 / English subtitles

Save and Protect
1990 / Russia / 133 min / 1.33:1 / NR
Russian Dolby Digital 2.0 / English subtitles



    Synopsis

    A deluxe collector's set featuring three early masterworks by visionary Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov in newly translated and restored director's cuts: WHISPERING PAGES, a brooding, beautiful film inspired by nineteenth-century Russian literature, primarily Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment; STONE, a mysterious fable about a young night watchman's encounter with the ghost of Chekhov; and SAVE AND PROTECT, a visually sumptuous adaptation of Flaubert's Madame Bovary.


    Special Features

    DISC ONE — WHISPERING PAGES (Blu-ray)
    · Soviet Elegy (1989, 37 minutes)
    · An Example of Intonation (1991, 48 minutes)
    · Questions About Cinema, a documentary on Alexander Sokurov (2008, 60 minutes)

    DISC TWO — STONE (DVD)
    · Audio Commentary by film critic and curator James Quandt
    · Diary of St. Petersburg: Kozintsev's Flat (1998, 48 minutes)
    · "The House That Chekhov Built," a BBC audio program on Anton Chekhov's house in Yalta, the setting for STONE (30 minutes)
    · Sonata For Hitler (1979-1989, 10 minutes)

    DISC THREE — SAVE AND PROTECT (DVD)
    · SD copy of WHISPERING PAGES (1994, 70 minutes)



    Disc Reviews

    "A three-disc wonder from Cinema Guild. This lovely package doesn't so much set out to "explain" or "explicate" Sokurov's obscurities (although a great deal of useful supplementary information is offered by Quandt, Sokurov and others) as contribute to, enhance, and even expand those mysteries."
    —Jonathan Rosenbaum, Cinema Scope

    "Highly recommended. Sokurov: Early Masterworks is a triptych of unburied treasures, each more extraordinary and inspiring than the last, that should stand as a landmark home video release and a cause for celebration among all North American cinephiles worth their salt."—DVD Talk

    "An indispensable box set."—Film Comment

    "Easily the hardcore cineaste's DVD release of 2012...Comes with the best kind of supplements."—SundanceNow

    "This is Cinema Guild's first foray into larger film sets, and with it, they have put together a staggering collection."—Inoncinema.com

    "An invaluable three-disc set."—Cineaste

    "Along with an impressive array of documentaries, shorts, and an invaluable audio commentary, this is essential viewing... This presentation of Whispering Pages is one of the more revelatory home-viewing experiences I can remember."—Slant

    2012 Gift Guide selection "A must-have."—Indiewire

    "Highly recommended. An impressive box set. Cinema Guild have done an outstanding job."—Criterion Forum
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