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Russian Ark Blu-ray

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Russkiy kovcheg Lorber Films | 2002 | 99 min | Not rated | Nov 19, 2013

Russian Ark (Blu-ray)
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Video
Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.78:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.85:1

Audio
Russian: LPCM 2.0

Subtitles
English

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Single disc (1 BD)

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Region A (locked)

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Video 3.0 of 53.0
Audio 4.0 of 54.0
Extras 3.0 of 53.0
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Russian Ark

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Russian Ark Blu-ray offers decent video and great audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

Alexander Sokurov's (Mother and Son) cinematic tour-de-force follows a modern filmmaker who magically finds himself transported to the 18th century. There, he embarks on a time-traveling journey through 300 years of Russian history. Filmed with a cast of thousands, three live orchestras and an army of technicians, Russian Ark is the longest uninterrupted shot in film history, and the first feature film ever created in a single take.

For more about Russian Ark and the Russian Ark Blu-ray release, see Russian Ark Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Sergei Dontsov, Mariya Kuznetsova, Leonid Mozgovoy
Director: Aleksandr Sokurov

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Russian Ark Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

Russian Ark was among the first films to be shot completely in high definition, 24fps digital video, using the revolutionary Sony HDW-F900 camera that George Lucas used on Star Wars: Episode II the same year. The video was captured uncompressed, but it's important to remember that this camera's sensor—with its lower bit-depth and susceptibility to noise—is not nearly as sensitive or dynamically capable as the ones in use today. When it comes to the film's Blu-ray presentation, it's somewhat difficult to tell what picture quality quirks are inherent in the source material, and what may have been introduced in the prepping of this 1080p/AVC encode. For example, there are several instances where banding is distinctly noticeable in what should be fine color gradients. (See the wall in the screenshot above.) Whether this is a product of the originally low bit-depth—I believe the film was only captured in 8-bit color—or whether the image was significantly compressed later is hard to say. The same goes for the picture's abundance of digital chroma noise, which tends to cover darker and brighter scenes alike. I can say this, though: having seen the film's previous DVD release, the Blu-ray is a definite improvement in every way. Overall, clarity is on the soft side—I suspect it always was—but the amount of detail visible here easily trumps the standard definition image. Color is richer too. It's amazing how far digital filmmaking has come in the past decade, and we have films like Russian Ark to thank for pushing the boundaries of what's possible with the medium.


Russian Ark Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  4.0 of 5

It should come as no surprise that all of the film's audio was dubbed in post-production, allowing Sokurov to give direction on set (and Tilman Büttner to curse whenever he made a slight mistake, as he mentions in the making-of documentary). The dubbing is obvious from the first frames—the lips rarely seem to match up perfectly—but this adds, in a strange way, to the film's theater-like artifice. It works. And so does the film's uncompressed Linear PCM 2.0 track, which has a decent sense of stereo separation, strong clarity, and good range. The music, in particular, from the incidental orchestra arrangements to composer Sergey Yevtushenko's gorgeous piano theme, sounds wonderful. If you speak Russian, I imagine some of the dialogue might be hard to follow, as it often overlaps—and, in Sokurov's case, is often mumbled—but the optional English subtitles keep things clear for the rest of us.



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This Week on Blu-ray: November 19-26 - November 17, 2013

For the week of November 19th, Universal Studios is bringing both The World's End and 2 Guns to Blu-ray. Other titles include Yasujiro Ozu's Tokyo Story, Alexander Sokurov's Russian Ark, John Carpenter's classic actioner Assault on Precinct 13, Violet & Daisy, ...

Aleksandr Sokurov's Russian Ark Officially Announced - October 22, 2013

Kino Lorber has officially announced and detailed its upcoming Blu-ray release of acclaimed Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov's Russkiy kovcheg a.k.a Russian Ark (2002), starring Sergey Dreyden, Mariya Kuznetsova, and Leonid Mozgovoy. The release will be available ...

Kino Lorber Blu-ray in November: Sokurov, Petzold, Leeds - August 29, 2013

Kino Lorber will add three titles to their Blu-ray catalog in November: acclaimed Russian director Aleksandr Sokurov's groundbreaking film Russian Ark (2002), German director Christian Petzold's Barbara (2012), and David Leeds' classic western Shoot the Sun Down ...

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