New Release: Taras Bulba DVD

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Bogdan Stupka is Taras Bulba in a new Russian adaption of Gogol's classic novel.

Entertainment One released the $25 million Russian-produced epic war film Taras Bulba on DVD on July 26, 2011.

Based on the famed 1835 novel by Nikolai Gogol and adapted for the screen and directed by Russian filmmaker Vladimir Bortko, Taras Bulba is set in the 16th century and tells of Ukraine’s Cossack warriors and their campaign to defend their lands from the advancing armies of Poland.

In the midst of the brutal war, the youngest son (Igor Petrenko) of warrior Ukraine warrior Taras Bulba (Bogdan Stupka) disowns his father and swears allegiance to the enemy. But while on a quest for pride and glory, Taras’ eldest son (Vladimir Vdovichenkov) is captured, prompting Taras to set out on mission for vengeance.

The 2008 film was commissioned by Russian state TV and paid for totally by the Russian Ministry of Culture. It was filmed at several locations in Ukraine such as Zaporizhia, Khotyn and Kamianets-Podilskyi.

Taras Bulba was previously turned into a Hollywood movie starring Tony Curtis (Sweet Smell of Success) and Yul Brynner (The Ten Commandments) back in 1962. It’s still available on DVD.

Presented in Russian, Ukrainian and Polish with English subtitles, the Taras Bulba DVD will carry a list price of $24.98.

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