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Russia House
     

Russia House

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Director: Fred Schepisi

Cast: Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Roy Scheider

 

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Fred Schepisi's adaptation of The Russia House comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in all three of languages.

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Fred Schepisi's adaptation of The Russia House comes to DVD with a widescreen anamorphic transfer that preserves the original theatrical aspect ratio of 2.35:1. English and French soundtracks are rendered in Dolby Digital Surround, while a Spanish soundtrack has been recorded in Dolby Digital Mono. Subtitles are accessible in all three of languages. Supplemental materials include the original theatrical trailer, and advertising materials. This MGM/UA release does a solid job of presenting the film.

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Based on the novel by master British spy novelist John Le Carre, The Russia House is as classy, smooth, and elegant as the jazz score Jerry Goldsmith wrote for it, which features the saxophone strains of Branford Marsalis. Director Fred Schepisi shot the film in several Russian cities which gives it a sumptuous palate and corresponds with the lush ironies and scope of Tom Stoppard's script. Schepisi and Stoppard draw parallels in the film between sex and spying, making you wonder exactly who is doing it to whom, but they do it with none of the vulgar humor John Boorman later used to good but obvious effect in The Tailor of Panama. If anything, The Russia House is supposed to be a love story, but there's a certain distance between Connery and Pfeiffer that makes the romance the film's least convincing aspect. The better scenes concern the spying, with Fox and Scheider displaying better chemistry than Connery and Pfeiffer. Fox gives his role an understated dignity and idealistic grace that contrasts nicely with Scheider's bluntness and ersatz vulgarity. The film also features strong supporting work from John Mahoney, the late J.T. Walsh, the director Ken Russell, and Klaus-Maria Brandauer as the Russian scientist named Dante. In two sharp scenes, Brandauer effectively conveys the world-weariness and almost desperate need for redemption that would force a man to commit treason to escape from a moral hell that would rival that of his namesake. Like Presumed Innocent, which was also released in 1990, The Russia House is the work of a great director, writer, and cast turning a fine novel into a very good and serious film.

Product Details

Release Date:
12/26/2001
UPC:
0027616871503
Original Release:
1990
Rating:
R
Source:
Mgm (Video & Dvd)
Region Code:
1
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby Digital, stereo, monaural]
Time:
2:03:00

Special Features

Original advertising materials; Original theatrical trailer; English: stereo surround; French: stereo surround; Spanish: mono; English, French & Spanish language subtitles

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Sean Connery Barley Blair
Michelle Pfeiffer Katya
Roy Scheider Russell
James Fox Ned
Klaus Maria Brandauer Dante
John Mahoney Brady
Michael Kitchen Clive
Ken Russell Walter
J.T. Walsh Quinn
David Threlfall Wicklow
Georgi Andzhaparidze Yuri
Eric Anzumonyin Nasayan
Jay Benedict Spikey
Martin Clunes Brock
Charlotte Cornwell Charlotte
Craig Crosbie Technician
Keith Edwards Hoover
Michael Fitzpatrick Hoover
Rob Freeman Hoover
Constantine Gregory KGB Interviewer
Denys Hawthorne Paddy
David Henry Minister, Whitehall
Ellen Hurst Anna
Alexei Jawdokimov Arkady
Paul Jutkevich Mischa
Peter Knupffer Sergey
Mark LaMura Todd
Christopher Lawford Larry
Kate Lock Jacky
Blu Mankuma Merv
Mac McDonald Bob
Ian McNeice Merrydew
Tuck Milligan Stanley
Gina Nikiforov Russian Guest
Vladek Nikiforov Tout
Nikolai Nikitin Leningrad Police Officer
Nikolai Pastukhov Uncle Matvey
Margot Pinvidic Woman Interpreter
Paul Rattee Whitehall - Army Officer
Jack Raymond Lev
Sergei Reusenko KGB Man
George Roth Cy
David Ryall Colonial Type
Raisa Ryazanova Russian Guest
Jason Salkey Johnny
Vladimir Sidirov Leningrad Police Officer
Pavel Sirotin Watcher
Fyodor Smirnov Watcher
Colin Stinton Henziger
Elena Stroyeva Anastasia
Simon Templeman Whitehall - Psychoanalyst
David Timson George
Yegueshe Tsturvan Flute Player
Gennady Venov Katya's Father
Martin Wenner Whitehall - Scientist
Nicholas Woodeson Niki Landau
Daniel Wozniak Zapadny
Sasha Yatsko Russian Writer
Vladimir Zunetov Dan

Technical Credits
Fred Schepisi Director,Co-producer
Ian Baker Cinematographer
John LeCarre Screenwriter
Jerry Goldsmith Score Composer
Peter Honess Editor
Richard MacDonald Production Designer
Paul Maslansky Co-producer
Ruth Myers Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Selway Casting
Tom Stoppard Screenwriter
Simon Wakefield Set Decoration/Design
John le Carre Source Author

Scene Index

Side #1 --
0. Scene Selections
1. Main Titles/Katya [8:57]
2. "Why Lisbon?" [4:18]
3. Dante's Inferno [9:03]
4. Fun Spy Games [7:42]
5. The First Meeting [10:25]
6. Q & A With Katya [13:18]
7. Trip to Leningrad [5:53]
8. "Will You Punish Me?" [5:37]
9. The Fourth Notebook [4:23]
10. A Love of Russia [10:19]
11. Reunited/The Letter [8:54]
12. Grown-Up Love & Truth [6:06]
13. Call From -- Dante? [4:21]
14. "We Lost Him"/The List [10:20]
15. Crossed Over [1:30]
16. Square One/Credits [3:55]

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Russia House 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
There are many great attributes to this wonderful film, firstly the locational shots in Russia, secondly the screenplay of John Le Carre's novel and last but by no means least the amazing evocative sounds of Branford Marsalis and Jerry Goldsmith's orchestra. Brilliant!!