DVD Times Guide to Russian and Soviet Films on DVD

Over the next few months, DVD Times will be running a series of articles covering Russian and Soviet cinema, setting well-known classics and much more obscure titles in their original historical, cultural and often political context.

To begin with, though, I've put together a list of every Russian and Soviet film currently available on DVD with English subtitles, together with information on upcoming titles. I've cast the net as wide as I could - to the extent of including non-Russian films by major Russian directors (Andrei Tarkovsky's Nostalghia and The Sacrifice, Andrei Konchalovsky's Runaway Train) and about important Russian subjects (Richter the Enigma, operas by Tchaikovsky and Mussorgsky).

I've grouped the titles into four categories - titles already reviewed on DVD Times, titles soon to be reviewed (i.e. where I already own the disc in question), titles currently available and titles coming soon. It will be regularly updated - the last minor update was on April 16 2003. [A major update is in progress following a very helpful e-mail from Ross Williams that led me towards the RBC site, which seems to offer quite a few other English-subtitled Russian DVDs not mentioned on my list.]

Columbia TriStar, Criterion, Fox Lorber, Image, Kino and Water Bearer DVDs are NTSC.
Artificial Eye and Eureka DVDs are PAL.
Ruscico DVDs are either PAL or NTSC, though their PAL transfers are superior.
Most DVDs are region-free, though Columbia TriStar's are Region 1 and Eureka's are Region 2.

Already Reviewed



Reviews In Preparation
  • Agony (d. Elem Klimov, 1975)
  • Andrei Rublyov (final cut) (d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1966) - Artificial Eye/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Ashik-Kerib (d. Sergo Paradjanov, 1988) - Kino (coming soon on Ruscico)
  • At Home Among Strangers, A Stranger Among His Own (d. Nikita Mikhalkov, 1974) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Barbara the Fair with the Silken Hair (d. Alexander Row, 1969) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Boris Godunov (d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1983/1990) - Philips
  • Brother 2 (d. Alexei Balabanov, 2000) - Amalgama
  • The Colour of Pomegranates (d. Sergo Paradjanov, 1969) - Kino (coming soon on Ruscico)
  • Come and See (d. Elem Klimov, 1985) - Kino/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Dauria (d. Victor Tregubovich, 1971) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Dersu Uzala (d. Akira Kurosawa, 1975) - Kino/Ruscico (same disc - different transfer available on Image)
  • The Fall of the Romanov Dynasty (documentary) - Eureka Region 2
  • Father Frost (d. Alexander Row, 1964) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • I Am Cuba (d. Mikhail Kalatozov, 1964) - Image
  • The Kingdom of Crooked Mirrors (d. Alexander Row, 1963) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Legend of the Suram Fortress (d. Sergo Paradjanov) - Kino (different transfer available on Ruscico)
  • The Little Mermaid (d. Vladimir Bychkov, 1976) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • The Man with a Movie Camera (d. Dziga Vertov, 1928) - two versions out on BFI, also available on Image
  • Masters of Russian Animation vol.2 - Image
  • Masters of Russian Animation vol.3 - Image
  • Moscow Does Not Believe In Tears (d. Vladimir Menshov, 1979) - Kino/Ruscico
  • October (d. Sergei Eisenstein/Grigori Alexandrov, 1927) - Eureka Region 2 (coming soon on Criterion and Ruscico)
  • An Old, Old Tale (d. Nadezhda Kosheverova, 1968)
  • Peculiarities of National Fishing (d. Alexander Rogozhkin, 1998) - Amalgama/Image
  • The Princess and the Pea (d. Boris Rytsarev, 1976) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Ruslan and Ludmilla (d. Alexander Ptushko, 1972) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • The Snow Maiden (d. Pavel Kadochnikov, 1968) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • The Snow Queen (d. Gennady Kazansky, 1966) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Storm Over Asia (d. Vsevolod Pudovkin, 1928) - Eureka Region 2
  • The Tale of Time Lost (d. Alexander Ptushko, 1964) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Tchaikovsky (d. Igor Talankin, 1969) - Kino/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Through Fire, Water and Brass Pipes (d. Alexander Row, 1968) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)


Other DVDs Currently Available
  • 100 Days Before The Command (d. Hussein Erkenov, 1990) - Water Bearer
  • Alexander Nevsky (d. Sergei Eisenstein/Dmitri Vassiliev) - Criterion/Image/Eureka (Region 2), coming soon on Ruscico
  • Anna Karenina (d. Alexander Zarkhi, 1967) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Anna Karenina (ballet) (d. M.Pilikhina, 1974) - Ruscico
  • The Barber of Siberia (d. Nikita Mikhalkov, 1999) - Ruscico
  • Borodin Quartet: Masterclass and Concert (d. T.Vorona, 2001) - Ruscico
  • Brother (d. Alexei Balabanov, 1997) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • The Childhood of Maxim Gorky (d. Mark Donskoi, 1936) - Image
  • The Cuckoo (d. Alexander Rogozhkin, 2002) - Amalgama
  • Dark Eyes (d. Nikita Mikhalkov, 1987) - Ruscico
  • Destiny of a Man (d. Sergei Bondarchuk, 1959) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • The Donkey's Hide (d. Nadezhda Kosheverova, 1982) - Ruscico
  • Earth (d. Alexander Dovzhenko, 1930) - Image
  • East/West (d. Régis Wargnier, 1999) - Columbia TriStar Region 1
  • The End of St Petersburg (d. Vsevolod Pudovkin, 1927) - Eureka Region 2
  • Gentlemen of Fortune (d. Alexander Seriy, 1971) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Irony of Fate, or Enjoy Your Bath! (d. Eldar Ryazanov, 1975) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Ivan's Childhood (d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1962) - Artificial Eye/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Ivan the Terrible Parts 1 & 2 (d. Sergei Eisenstein, 1944/46) - Criterion/Eureka (Region 2)/Image, coming soon on Ruscico
  • Ivan Vasilievich: Back to the Future (d. Leonid Gaidai, 1973) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Just You Wait! (d. Vyacheslav Kotyonochkin, 1987) - Ruscico
  • Khovanshchina (Mussorgsky - Vienna State Opera) - Image
  • Kidnapping Caucasian Style (d. Leonid Gaidai, 1971) - Image/Ruscico
  • Kino-Eye/Three Songs About Lenin (d. Dziga Vertov, 1924/1934) - Image
  • Little Vera (d. Vassily Pichul, 1987) - Water Bearer
  • Masters of Russian Animation vol.4 - Image
  • Mirror (d. Andrei Tarkovsky, 1975) - Artificial Eye/Ruscico (same disc, but make sure you get revised version 2.0)
  • Mother (d. Vsevolod Pudovkin, 1926) - Image
  • Mother and Son (d. Alexander Sokurov, 1996) - Fox Lorber
  • Operation Y (d. Leonid Gaidai, 1965) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Passions (d. Kira Muratova, 1994) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)
  • Pique Dame (Tchaikovsky - Glyndebourne) - Image
  • Qué Viva México! (d. Sergei Eisenstein, 1931) - Kino
  • Sergei Eisenstein: Autobiography (1996 documentary) - Image
  • Sergei Eisenstein: Mexican Fantasy (1998 documentary) - Image
  • Several Days from the Life of I.I.Oblomov (d. Nikita Mikhalkov, 1979) - Ruscico
  • The Star (d. Nikolai Lebedev, 2002) - Ruscico
  • The Star's Caravan (2000) - Fox Lorber/Winstar
  • The Thief (d.Pavel Chukhrai,1997) - Columbia TriStar Region 1
  • The Treasures of Hermitage (d. Vladimir Venediktov, 1995) 
  • Vovochka (d. I. Muzhzhukhin, 2002) - Ruscico
  • War (d. Alexei Balabanov, 2002) - Ruscico
  • War and Peace (d. Sergei Bondarchuk, 1967) - Image/Ruscico (same disc)


DVDs Coming Soon
  • At Dawn It's Quiet Here... (d. Stanislav Rostotsky, 1972) - Ruscico
  • The Blue Bird (d. George Cukor, 1976) - Ruscico
  • Blue Mountains, or An Improbable Story (d. Eldar Shengelaya, 1984) - Ruscico
  • The Captivating Star of Happiness (d. Vladimir Motyl, 1975) - Ruscico
  • Chermen (d. Nikolai Sanishvili, 1970) - Ruscico
  • The Clear Sky (d. Grigory Chukhrai) - Ruscico
  • The Cold Summer of 1953 (d. Alexander Proshkin, 1988) - Ruscico
  • The Commissar (d. Alexander Askoldov, 1967) - Ruscico
  • Coordinates of Death (d. Samuel Gasparov, Nguen Suan Tian, 1985) - Ruscico
  • Crime and Punishment (d. Lev Kulidzhanov, 1969) - Ruscico
  • Crimson Sails (d. Alexander Ptushko, 1961) - Ruscico
  • Crown of the Russian Empire (d. Edmond Keosayan, 1971) - Ruscico
  • Cucaracha (d. Semyon Dolidze, Keti Dolidze, 1983) - Ruscico
  • Djamilya (d. Irina Poplavskaya, 1968) - Ruscico
  • Don Quixote (d. Grigory Kozintsev, 1957) - Ruscico
  • The Don Story (d. Vladimir Fetin, 1964) - Ruscico
  • Elusive Avengers (d. Edmond Keosayan, 1966) - Ruscico
  • Evenings on a Farm Near Dikanka (d. Alexander Row, 1961) - Ruscico
  • The Evil Spirit of Yambuy (d. Boris Buneyev, 1978) - Ruscico
  • Finist the Bright Falcon (d. Gennady Vassiliev, 1975) - Ruscico
  • The Flight (d. Alexander Alov/Vladimir Naumov, 1970) - Ruscico
  • The Forty-First (d. Grigory Chukhrai, 1956) - Ruscico
  • The Genius (d. Victor Sergeyev, 1991) - Ruscico
  • The Golden Horns (d. Alexander Row, 1972) - Ruscico
  • The Gypsy Camp Vanishes into the Blue (d. Emil Lotyanu, 1976) - Ruscico
  • Hamlet (d. Grigory Kozintsev, 1964) - Ruscico
  • Happiness (d. Alexander Medvedkin, 1934) - Ruscico
  • The Headless Horseman (d. Vladimir Vainshtok, 1972) - Ruscico
  • How Ivan the Simpleton Went for a Wander (d. Nadezhda Kosheverova, 1979) - Ruscico
  • Ilya Muromets (d. Alexander Ptushko, 1959) - Ruscico
  • Kashchei the Immortal (d. Alexander Row, 1944) - Ruscico
  • King Lear (d. Grigory Kozintsev, 1970) - Ruscico
  • Lady with a Dog (d. Iosif Heifits, 1960) - Ruscico
  • Legend of the Suram Fortress (d. Sergo Paradjanov, 1984) - Ruscico 
  • Lurdja Magdany (d. Tenghiz Abuladze/Rezo Chkheidze, 1955) - Ruscico
  • The Mameluke (d. David Rondeli, 1959) - Ruscico
  • Maria the Wonderful Weaver (d. Alexander Row, 1959) - Ruscico
  • Masha and the Beasts (d. Mikhail Yuzovsky, 1995) - Ruscico
  • Melodies of the Veriyski Quarter (d. Georgy Shengelaya, 1973) - Ruscico
  • Mimino (d. Georgy Danelia, 1977) - Ruscico
  • My Tender and Affectionate Animal (d. Emil Lotyanu, 1978) - Ruscico 
  • Nest of the Gentry (d. Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky, 1969) - Ruscico
  • The New Adventures of the Elusive Avengers (d. Edmond Keosayan, 1968) - Ruscico 
  • Nine Days of One Year (d. Mikhail Romm, 1961) - Ruscico
  • Old Hottabych (d. Gennady Kazansky, 1956) - Ruscico
  • Operation Tiger (d. Vladimir Fetin, 1961) - Ruscico
  • Operation Y (d. Leonid Gaidai, 1965) - Ruscico
  • Passions (d. Kira Muratova, 1994) - Ruscico
  • Pirosmani (d. Georgy Shengelaya, 1969) - Ruscico
  • Quiet Flows The Don (d. Sergei Gerasimov, 1957) - Ruscico
  • Repentance (d. Tenghiz Abuladze, 1984) - Ruscico
  • Russian Ark (d. Alexander Sokurov, 2002) - Artificial Eye Region 2
  • Sadko (d. Alexander Ptushko, 1952) - Ruscico 
  • The Scarlet Flower (d. Irina Povolotskaya, 1977) - Ruscico
  • Shine On, My Star (d. Alexander Mitta, 1969) - Ruscico
  • Siberiade (d. Andrei Mikhalkov-Konchalovsky, 1978) - Ruscico
  • Slave of Love (d. Nikita Mikhalkov, 1975) - Ruscico
  • Station for Two (d. Eldar Ryazanov, 1982) - Ruscico
  • Step (d. Alexander Rekhviashvili, 1986) - Ruscico
  • Stepmother Samanishvili (d. Eldar Shengelaya, 1978) - Ruscico
  • The Stone Flower (d. Alexander Ptushko, 1946) - Ruscico
  • The Sun of the Sleepless (d. Teimuraz Babluani, 1992) - Ruscico
  • The Supplication (d. Tenghiz Abuladze, 1967) - Ruscico
  • The Swimmer (d. Irakly Kvirikadze, 1981) - Ruscico
  • There Were Two Comrades in the Army (d. Yevgheny Karelov, 1968) - Ruscico 
  • The Three Fat Men (d. Alexei Batalov/Iosif Shapiro, 1969) - Ruscico
  • Through Andes Towards the Great River (d. Oleg Aliev, 2001) - Ruscico
  • Travel Beyond the Three Seas (d. Vassily Pronin/Khoja Ahmed Abbas, 1957) - Ruscico
  • The Twelve Months (d. Anatoly Granik, 1972) - Ruscico
  • Unfinished Piece for the Player Piano (d. Nikita Mikhalkov, 1977) - Ruscico
  • Vassilisa the Beautiful (d. Alexander Row, 1939) - Ruscico
  • Vassily Buslayev (d. Gennady Vassiliev, 1982) - Ruscico
  • War and Peace (d. Sergei Bondarchuk, 1967) - Ruscico
  • White Bim the Black Ear (d. Stanislav Rostotsky, 1977) - Ruscico
  • The White Sun of the Desert (d. Vladimir Motyl, 1969) - Ruscico
  • The Wishing Tree (d. Tengiz Abuladze, 1977) - Ruscico
  • Yaroslavna, the Queen of France (d. Igor Maslennikov, 1978) - Ruscico


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