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War and Peace (1966)

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Genres: Drama, History, Romance
Starring: Lyudmila Saveleva, Vyacheslav Tikhonov, Sergey Bondarchuk
Director: Sergey Bondarchuk
Plot Synopsis:

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.

  • Release Details
    Release Date: June 25th, 2019
    Movie Release Year: 1966
    Release Country: United States
    Movie Studio: Criterion
  • Technical Specs
    Length:422 Minutes
    Specs:Blu-ray, 2-Discs
    Video Resolution/Codec:1080p/AVC MPEG-4
    Aspect Ratio(s):2.35:1
    Audio Formats:Russian/French 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio
    Subtitles/Captions:English
    Special Features:New interviews with cinematographer Anatoly Petritsky and filmmaker Fedor Bondarchuk, son of Sergei BondarchukTwo 1966 documentaries about the making of the filmTelevision program from 1967 profiling actor Ludmila Savelyeva, and featuring Sergei BondarchukNew 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 filmJanus rerelease trailerPLUS: An essay by critic Ella Taylor