Stalker Stalker

Stalker

Andrei Tarkovsky

 
Stalker (Criterion Blu-Ray)

Blu-Ray

1 Disc

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  • Russia
  • 1979
  • 161 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.37:1
  • Russian
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  • Spine #888

Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphys­ical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide—the Stalker—leads a writer and a professor into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself—Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.

Disc Features

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New interview with Geoff Dyer, author of Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
  • Interviews from 2000 with set designer Rashit Safiullin and composer Eduard Artemyev
  • Interview from the mid-1990s with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Le Fanu

Film Essays

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Stalker: Meaning and Making

By Mark Le Fanu July 18, 2017

During a period of personal turmoil, Andrei Tarkovsky created this enigmatic masterpiece, which explores spiritual and metaphysical mysteries through the prism of a science-fiction epic. Read more »

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From the Tarkovsky Archives

April 04, 2018

On what would have been his eighty-sixth birthday, we’re celebrating Andrei Tarkvosky’s legacy with a look back at some of the essays and videos we’ve published on his work. Read more »


Video

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Geoff Dyer on the Miracle of Stalker

July 21, 2017

Tarkovsky lover Geoff Dyer discusses the visual and sonic elements of one of the most haunting sequences in Stalker. Read more »


Film Essays

Current_28150id_018_thumbnail

Stalker: Meaning and Making

By Mark Le Fanu July 18, 2017

During a period of personal turmoil, Andrei Tarkovsky created this enigmatic masterpiece, which explores spiritual and metaphysical mysteries through the prism of a science-fiction epic. Read more »

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