Come and See (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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Come and See (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

Come and See (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]

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Very moving moment in 'Bird' when a child is in peril, and then is rescued by a Russian soldier, who is none other than the same lead actor from "Come and See", actor Aleksei Kravchenko. The film, whose original title was Kill Hitler, takes as its heart-shattering climax a hallucinatory montage of documentary footage that imagines a world without the Nazi leader. Most purchases from business sellers are protected by the Consumer Contract Regulations 2013 which give you the right to cancel the purchase within 14 days after the day you receive the item.

These films have spanned multiple decades and genres that try and tell part of a massive story and war that happened not too long ago across the globe. Criterion's Blu-ray release of Come and See is sourced from an outstanding 2K master that makes revisiting the film quite an experience. There is just a different kind of intensity on display that does not feel rehearsed and timed to perfection; it is entirely spontaneous and so sincere that the human suffering becomes genuinely terrifying. There are pops of colour found in some fires that occur, and there is a gorgeous shot involving bullets flying overheard, which streak the sky with red lines.The color palette is mostly all doom and gloom with a ton of foggy blues and grays, but it's mixed with some spectacular shots of bright greenery in the forest as well as some hot red, orange, and yellow fire from bullets, bombs, and explosions that contrast well with the colder, dark nature of the film. Nearly blocked from being made by Soviet censors, who took seven years to approve it's script, Come and See is perhaps the most visceral, impossible-to-forget antiwar film ever made. Uniqueness/Impact: A rare anti-war film that blends philosophy, biblical concepts, surrealism, and of course brutal violence to depict the horrors of the war in both a relatively realistic and poetic way. Rather than the adventure and glory he envisioned, what he finds is a waking nightmare of unimaginable carnage and cruelty—rendered with a feverish, otherworldly intensity by Klimov’s subjective camera work and expressionistic sound design.

The closeups of the actor's faces are where the spotlight is though, showcasing every tiny detail in these terrified faces. Come And See takes its title from The Apocalypse of John, where Johnny Cash used the words in his song "The Man Comes Around", stating, "And when he had opened the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, "Come and see! Claude Lanzmann's 10-hour documentary Shoah captured perhaps the most visceral stories from all aspects of life from that time, but it's with Soviet film director Elm Klimov's 1985 film Come And See that some of the most disturbing visuals are shown that have capsulated the Holocaust in a strikingly visual way, similar to the recent film 1917, a vision that is not soon forgotten. Those are truly terrifying words, and they certainly ring true throughout this tragic, yet poetic movie that's full of unimaginable chaos and beautiful magic realism.Despite the fleeting nature of her glance, the image sticks with the viewer, its horror reverberating throughout the film because Klimov doesn’t give it redemptive or revelatory power. Criterion's Solaris Blu-ray removed a blue tint while their edition of Stalker made a sepia tint more prominent. This new digital transfer was created in 2K resolution from the 35mm original camera negative at Mosfilm. Criterion has put together a fantastic special edition for the film, loading on several supplements around the film’s production and its subject matter, while also giving the film a superb audio/video presentation.

We experience the German invasion of Belarus through Flyora (Aleksey Kravchenko), a teenager who joins the local partisan militia after discovering a rifle buried in the sand. Fine object-detail really dives off of the screen in every shot, from fine hairs and wrinkles found in the numerous close-ups throughout the film, to the trees, vegetation, and debris presented in longer shots.

Rather than the adventure and glory he envisioned, what he finds is a waking nightmare of unimaginable carnage and cruelty. A full third of the Nazis’ innocent victims were killed in mass executions on the Eastern Front—both by specially assigned SS troops and the regular Wehrmacht (though the myth of a “clean Wehrmacht” lives on to this day).

As Nazi forces encroach on his small village in Belorussia, teenage Flyora (Alexei Kravchenko, in a searing depiction of anguish) eagerly joins the Soviet resistance. Rarely do they keep us totally locked out of the commander’s map room, the bunker where the top brass exposit backstory, outline goals, or lay out geography for the viewer. He also talks about working with the cast and crew and some of the hardships of this practical film. The carnage they discover overwhelms them and they leave the area, but shortly after Flyora begins to realize that the entire country has been set on fire. If your item does not have a tracking number assigned, it may mean it has been sent by standard parcel post with Australia Post and does not coming with a tracking number.The interviews are pretty brief but some behind-the-scene footage of Klimov rehearsing a scene makes this a worthwhile addition. The 1080p/24hz high-definition encode is sourced from a new 2K restoration performed by Mosfilm and scanned from the 35mm original negative.



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