4K UHD, Blu-ray Release: I Am Cuba

4K UHD, Blu-ray Release Date: April 23, 2024
Price: 4K UHD/Blu-ray Combo $34.99, Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: Criterion

Both a landmark of radical political cinema and one of the most visually ravishing films ever made, I Am Cuba is a legendary hymn to revolution that shimmers across the screen like a fever dream of rebellion.

The result of an extraordinarily ambitious collaboration between the Soviet and Cuban film industries, director Mikhail Kalatozov’s 1964 I Am Cuba unfolds in four explosive vignettes that capture Cuban life on the brink of transformation, as crushing economic exploitation and inequality give way to a working-class uprising.

Backed by Carlos Fariñas’s stirring score, the dazzling camera work by Sergei Urusevsky—an inspiration for generations of filmmakers to follow—gives flight to the movie’s message of liberation.

Criterion’s new 4K UHD/Blu-ray combo edition contains the following:

  • New 4K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • In the 4K UHD edition: One 4K UHD disc of the film and one Blu-ray with the film and special features
  • “I Am Cuba,” the Siberian Mammoth,a 2004 documentary on the making of the film featuring key participants
  • Interview from 2003 with filmmaker Martin Scorsese
  • New appreciation of the film by cinematographer Bradford Young
  • Trailer
  • Alternate Russian-dubbed soundtrack
  • New English subtitle translation
  • An essay by film critic Juan Antonio García Borrero

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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.