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Sokurov: Early Masterworks Blu-ray

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Cinema Guild | 1979-1994 | 3 Movies | 282 min | Not rated | Dec 18, 2012

Sokurov: Early Masterworks (Blu-ray)
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Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
Resolution: 1080p
Aspect ratio: 1.40:1
Original aspect ratio: 1.37:1

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Russian: DTS-HD Master Audio 2.0

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English

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50GB Blu-ray Disc
Three-disc set (1 BD, 2 DVDs)

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Sokurov: Early Masterworks

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Sokurov: Early Masterworks Blu-ray offers decent video and audio in this excellent Blu-ray release

A deluxe collector's set featuring three early masterworks by visionary Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov in newly translated and restored director's cuts.

For more about Sokurov: Early Masterworks and the Sokurov: Early Masterworks Blu-ray release, see Sokurov: Early Masterworks Blu-ray Review published by on where this Blu-ray release scored 4.0 out of 5.

Starring: Aleksandr Cherednik, Sergey Barkovskiy, Yelizaveta Korolyova
Director: Aleksandr Sokurov

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Sokurov: Early Masterworks Blu-ray, Video Quality

  3.0 of 5

On the menu of each disc, you'll find this "About the Transfers" disclaimer: "The features Whispering Pages, Stone, and Save and Protect were mastered from the best available source materials. Unfortunately, after years of neglect, both Stone and Save and Protect show signs of wear in certain places. The original negative of Whispering Pages was completely unusable. It was the discovery of a 35mm negative in Germany that allowed its inclusion in this set."

Which is to say, don't expect a pristine image. Considering the rarity and condition of these prints, some grace is in order. Cinema Guild essentially presents Whispering Pages' 1080p/AVC-encoded transfer "as is"—with no significant digital cleanup—so you will spot near-constant white and black specks, occasional larger bits of debris, vertical scratches, mild staining, and other age-related artifacts that are unavoidable without the significant investment of time and money for a restorative overhaul. With that in mind, the picture is still beautiful to behold and distinctly filmic, with no noise reduction or edge enhancement. (Grain is exceptionally heavy, though, presumably because this is a duped negative.) And while it's nigh impossible to place any value judgements on the color reproduction here—Sokurov drifts between color and black and white, with the color ultra- desaturated to begin with—it all looks natural to me. I can say basically the same for the DVDs of Save and Protect and Stone, which look as good as can be expected.


Sokurov: Early Masterworks Blu-ray, Audio Quality

  3.0 of 5

The back of the box set says Whispering Pages features a Dolby Digital 2.0 track, but I was pleased to boot up the disc and find a DTS-HD Master Audio stereo track instead. It's debatable, of course, how much a lossless codec will actually improve a mix like this—which has its share of age and source-related quirks—but we know we're at the very least getting nominally better sound quality. Sokurov is known for his dense and sometimes unsettling sound mixes, and Whispering Pages is no exception, featuring reverb-heavy drips and drops, madly tweeting birds, distant voices and coughs and cackles, and a whole soundscape of subterranean unease, back-scored by classical music cues that drift in and out of consciousness. There's some noticeable peaking in the high end during certain scenes, a low but audible hiss at times, and a few pops and crackles, but given the condition of the print, this is to be expected. Although some of the errant, unintended noise probably could've been attenuated somewhat digitally, the track is always listenable. Where dialogue is supposed to be understandable—and there are scenes where it isn't—the actors voices are generally easy enough to make out. The disc defaults to English subtitles, but they can be turned off in the menu or via your remote.


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Sokurov: Early Masterworks - October 9, 2012

Independent distributors Cinema Guild have officially announced that they will release a deluxe box set containing three early masterworks from acclaimed Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov. The set will be available to purchase online and in stores across the ...


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