Blu-ray, DVD Release: Come and See

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 30, 2020
Price: DVD $22.99, Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion

The powerful 1985 war film Come and See from Soviet director Elem Klimov is a senses-shattering plunge into the dehumanizing horrors of war.

As Nazi forces encroach on his small village in Belorussia, teenage Flyora (Alexei Kravchenko) eagerly joins the Soviet resistance. Rather than the adventure and glory he envisioned, what he finds is a waking nightmare of unimaginable carnage and cruelty-rendered with a feverish, otherworldly intensity by Klimov’s subjective camera work and expressionistic sound design.

Nearly blocked from being made by Soviet censors, who took seven years to approve its script, Come and See is considered to be one of the most visceral antiwar film ever made.

Criterion’s new editions of the film include the following:

* New 2K digital restoration by Mosfilm, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
* New interview with cinematographer Roger Deakins
* New interview with director Elem Klimov’s brother and frequent collaborator German Klimov
* Flaming Memory, a three-film documentary series from 1975-77 by filmmaker Viktor Dashuk featuring firsthand accounts of survivors of the genocide in Belorussia during World War II
* Interview from 2001 with Elem Klimov
* Interviews from 2001 with actor Alexei Kravchenko and production designer Viktor Petrov
* How “Come and See” Was Filmed, a 1985 short film about the making of the film featuring interviews with Elem Klimov, Kravchenko, and writer Ales Adamovich
* Theatrical rerelease trailer
* New English subtitle translation
* Essays by critic Mark Le Fanu and poet Valzhyna Mort

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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.