Stalker

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Overview

Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, an allegorical science fiction film like his earlier Solaris, was adapted from the novel Picnic by the Roadside by brothers Boris Strugatsky and Arkady Strugatsky. The film follows three men -- the Scientist Nikolai Grinko, the Writer Anatoliy Solonitsyn, and the Stalker Alexander Kaidanovsky -- as they travel through a mysterious and forbidden territory in the Russian wilderness called the "Zone." In the Zone, nothing is what it seems. Objects change places, the ...
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Overview

Russian director Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, an allegorical science fiction film like his earlier Solaris, was adapted from the novel Picnic by the Roadside by brothers Boris Strugatsky and Arkady Strugatsky. The film follows three men -- the Scientist Nikolai Grinko, the Writer Anatoliy Solonitsyn, and the Stalker Alexander Kaidanovsky -- as they travel through a mysterious and forbidden territory in the Russian wilderness called the "Zone." In the Zone, nothing is what it seems. Objects change places, the landscape shifts and rearranges itself. It seems as if an unknown intelligence is actively thwarting any attempt to penetrate its borders. In the Zone, there is said to be a bunker, and in the bunker: a magical room which has the power to make wishes come true. The Stalker is the hired guide for the journey who has, through repeated visits to the Zone, become accustomed to its complex traps, pitfalls, and subtle distortions. Only by following his lead which often involves taking the longest, most frustrating route can the Writer and the Scientist make it alive to the bunker and the room. As the men travel farther into the Zone, they realize it may take something more than just determination to succeed: it may actually take faith. Increasingly unsure of their deepest desires, they confront the room wondering if they can, in the end, take responsibility for the fulfillment of their own wishes.
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Special Features

Video interviews: composer Eduard Artemyev, cameraman Aleksandr Knyazhinsky, set decorator Rashit Safiullin; Excerpt from "The Steamroller and the Violing" (1960 5 min.): Andrei Tarkovsky's diploma film at the Soviet film school VGIK; "Memory" (1997, 5 min., directed by Serghei Minenok): a short film about Tarkovsky's home; Cast & crew biographies/; filmographies; Photo album; Languages: spoken: original Russian, English dubbed, French dubbed; Optional subtitles: English, French and Spanish
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Anthony Reed
Structured like a winding religious pilgrimage, Stalker moves cautiously and slowly through its paces as the three men move closer toward the metaphorical Holy Center at the heart of the Zone. Telephone poles jutting out of the ground like crosses, religious icons beneath muddy rivers strewn with bullet shells, a miraculous, artificial desert in an underground room -- Tarkovsky's powerful, orthodox images and grimy, industrial settings present a deeply felt religious sentiment stirring beneath a war-ravaged, hostile landscape. Stalker is all the more compelling for not relying on a single gimmick or special effect to create its atmosphere of another world bordering our own.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 11/7/2006
  • UPC: 738329048822
  • Original Release: 1979
  • Rating:

  • Source: Kino Video
  • Presentation: B&W / Colorized
  • Sound: Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound
  • Language: English
  • Time: 2:43:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 2,222

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Alexander Kaidanovsky Stalker
Anatoli Solonitsin Writer
Nikolai Grinko Scientist
Alisa Freyndlikh Stalker's Wife
Natasha Abramova
F. Yurma
E. Kostin
R. Rendi
Emin Khachaturyan Conductor
Technical Credits
Andrei Tarkovsky Director, Production Designer, Screenwriter
Eduard Artemyev Score Composer
Alexandra Demidova Producer
Alexander Knyazhinsky Cinematographer
Boris Strugatsky Screenwriter
Arkady Strugatsky Screenwriter
Larisa Tarkovskaya Asst. Director
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Scene Index

Disc #1 -- Stalker: A Film by Andrei Tarkovsky, Disc One
1. Credits [4:27]
2. Stalker's Home [8:33]
3. Writer and Professor [8:16]
4. On the Way to the Zone [16:15]
5. Getting to Know the Zone [9:42]
6. Starting Out on the Path [15:23]
1. Professor's Disappearance [8:02]
2. Argument [1:57]
3. Stalker's Dream [7:25]
4. Meat Mincer [4:24]
5. On the Threshold [22:13]
6. Solving the Mystery [15:48]
7. Bomb [15:38]
8. Homecoming [16:36]
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Menu

Disc #1 -- Stalker: A Film by Andrei Tarkovsky, Disc One
   Play
   Chapters
      Part One
      Part Two
   Language Selection and Subtitles
      Russian 5.1
         English
         French
         Spanish
      Russian (Mono Version)
         English
         French
         Spanish
      English 5.1 (Voice Over)
         English
         French
         Spanish
      French 5.1 (Voice Over)
         English
         French
         Spanish
Disc #2 -- Stalker: A Film by Andrei Tarkovsky, Disc Two
   A. Tarkovsky
      Biography
      A Fragment From the Diploma Work of Andrei Tarkovsky "The Steamroller and the Violen"
      Tarkovsky's House
   Photo Album
   Subtitles
      English
      French
      Spanish
   Interview
      Composer Eduard Artemyev
      Cameraman Alexander Knyazhinksy
      Production Designer Rashit Safiullin
   Filmographies
      Andrey Tarkovsky: Director, Production Designer
      Rashit Safiullin: Painter, Production Designer
      Nikolai Grinko: Actor
      Alexander Kaidanovsky: Actor
      Alissa Freindlikh: Actress
      Anatoly Solonitsyn: Actor
      Alexander Knyazhinsky: Cameraman
      Eduard Artemyev: Composer
      Boris, Arkady Strugatsky: Script Writers
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 1, 2010

    Brilliant and Genius

    This is my all time favorite of Tarkovsky movies. The whole movie is just brilliant, from artful color manipulations, haunting images, to the astonishing the storyline. At the first glance the movie looks like a religious pilgrim, however deeper analysis reveals more in depth understanding of the movie. For example, notice how at the beginning the writer is talking about non-existence of UFO's, Bermuda triangle disappearances and etc. and how we do not see a single special effect in the zone. Strongly recommended to anyone interested in true art and an intelligent movie.

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