Blu-ray, DVD Release: Stalker

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: July 18, 2017
Price: DVD $18.05, Blu-ray $24.06
Studio: Criterion

Andrei Tarkovsky’s (Solaris) final Soviet feature, 1979’s Stalker, is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic post-apocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other.

A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires.

Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself, the science fiction-drama Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.

Presented in Russian with English subtitles, Criterion’s DVD and Blu-ray editions of the movie contain the following:

* New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* New interview with Geoff Dyer, author of Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
* Interview from 2002 with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky
* Interview from 2002 with set designer Rashit Safiullin
* Interview from 2002 with composer Eduard Artemyev
* New English subtitle translation
* An essay by critic Mark Le Fanu

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About Laurence

Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.