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Come and See Blu-ray
« on: July 08, 2020, 12:03:31 PM »
Come and See Blu-ray

Studio: The Criterion Collection
Release Date:  June 30, 2020
Rating: Not rated
Soviet Union - 1985
142 minutes  Color  1.37:1
Russian, German monoaural soundtrack
English subtitles

Film: 4.5/5 

Plot: From the Criterion website – “ As Nazi forces encroach on his small village in Belorussia, teenage Flyora (Alexei Kravchenko, in a searing depiction of anguish) 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 perhaps the most visceral, impossible-to-forget antiwar film ever made. “


My Thoughts: I collect foreign war films. I like seeing a different point of view on WWII other than the American one. I’d read about this film but had never seen it before last night. This is part art film, part horror story and part war ( anti – war ? ) movie. I’d say the film moves between a surreal dream like state and hyper realistic. The last third of the film is a WWII horror story and all based on true accounts. In many ways it’s unlike anything I’ve seen. Without too many spoilers, the Nazi destruction of the village near the end of the film has to be one of the most disturbing war movie scene ever. You can watch the main character Flyora age as the film progresses. 


Video : 3.5/5 – This 4:3 video is from a new 2K digital restoration by Mosfilm. Quite a few shots look very sharp and highly detailed. Some shots are a bit soft, but all in all, for a film from 1985, overall it looks quite good.

Audio : 3/5 – The uncompressed monoaural soundtrack is decent. Probably as good as it ever sounded. Obviously not a modern Atmos soundtrack, but overall it sounded pretty good.


Extras : An excellent booklet is included which tells about the film and the making of Come And See. And how WWII still affects the people in Belorussia today. There are also extensive extras on the Blu-ray ( which I have not watched yet ).

Conclusion – An incredible piece of film making about the Nazi invasion of Belorussia through the eyes of a teenager. All the more disturbing since it’s based on actual events.

 

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Re: Come and See Blu-ray
« Reply #1 on: July 08, 2020, 07:01:26 PM »
Looks interesting.
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Re: Come and See Blu-ray
« Reply #2 on: July 08, 2020, 07:42:19 PM »
Looks interesting.

Criterion did a great job.
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Re: Come and See Blu-ray
« Reply #3 on: July 08, 2020, 09:55:21 PM »
Criterion did a great job.
They usually do. 
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Re: Come and See Blu-ray
« Reply #4 on: July 09, 2020, 12:28:56 PM »
This looks very interesting, thanks for highlighting it Craig. I agree - I really enjoy getting to see different viewpoints of wars and other big events. 

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Re: Come and See Blu-ray
« Reply #5 on: July 09, 2020, 04:34:53 PM »
This looks very interesting, thanks for highlighting it Craig. I agree - I really enjoy getting to see different viewpoints of wars and other big events.
I'm still thinking about it 2 days later. It's a powerful film. I will watch it again in the not too distant future. Hopefully with friends that like movies that are different ( I have several ) - when covid is gone. 

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