New Tarkovsky among Artificial Eye’s April releases
April sees three releases from the independent world cinema distributor, Artificial Eye. From Japan, Eureka, from France, La Ville est Tranquille and from Russia, Tarkovsky’s Stalker.
Continuing their collection of fully-restored Russian Film Council Tarkovsky films, to match the excellent releases of Solaris and Andrei Rublev, April sees the long-awaited DVD release of Stalker.
Sometime in the future, at the heart of a devastated and forbidden area called the Zone, lies a mysterious room with the power to grant man’s deepest dreams and desires. In the hope of successfully making the dangerous journey to the room to realise their most personal wishes, a scientist and a writer engage the services of a Stalker, one of a band of outlaws with the knowledge to navigate the Zone’s menacing terrain. One of Tarkovsky’s most startling visions and acclaimed as one of the greatest science-fiction films ever made, Stalker hauntingly explores mans dreams and desires and the consequences of realising them.
Containing a wealth of extras on a special 2-disc set and a Dolby Digital 5.1 soundtrack, the film is presented in the original 4:3 ratio and is available on 22nd April at a price of £22.99.
The next releases in the Andrei Tarkovsky series will be Mirror and Ivan’s Childhood in summer 2002.
Next up is Japanese director Shinji Aoyama’s Eureka. When a bus is violently hi-jacked in a small Japanese town, only three people survive: the guilt-wracked driver Makoto (Koji Yakusho (The Eel, Shall We Dance, and a young brother and sister, Kozue and Noaki. Two years on, each of them, still traumatised by their ordeal, struggle to re-engage with life. But then one day Makoto impulsively buys a bus and sets off with Kozue and Naoki on a long journey across Japan, which becomes a cathartic odyssey of spiritual self-discovery.
Released on 22nd April, the three and a half hour long film is presented in a letterbox transfer with a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack and comes with a retail price of £19.99.
From the director of Marius & Jeanette comes the new film from director Robert Guédiguian, La Ville est Tranquille (The Town is Quiet). Utilising his regular company of actors and set in his hometown of Marseilles, Guédiguian skillfully interweaves the stories of several different characters, following their everyday struggles to survive life in the teaming cultural melting pot of the city. Beautifully observed and uncompromisingly honest, La Ville est Tranquille is a passionate and powerful film from one of French cinema’s most distinctive contemporary directors.
The DVD contains an anamorphic transfer, a Dolby Digital 2.0 soundtrack, trailer, production notes and filmographies. Also released on April 22nd, this release carries an 18 certificate and retails for £19.99.
Last updated: 19/04/2018 18:01:51