THANK YOU for this information. I will probably start streaming this today and watch it over the next few days. I really didn't want to spend the money on the 2-disc set.War and Peace is now streaming on the Criterion Channel if anyone is unsure about a purchase...
I read War and Peace a few years ago. I had read it in high school, but it was a horribly abridged version. The most recent one I read was the Richard Pevear and Larissa Volokhonsky translation. I had been watching the Image DVD version of the film one day, and thought it odd that the story just sort of sneaks up, without a pronounced "our story begins" type of start (unlike the American version from the 50s). I wondered if the book was that way. It was actually more so. Characters are introduced right away, and some appear to be major characters and turn out not to be.There were some slow parts of the movie but liked seeing the outfits and the set decorations which were very lavish.
It's interesting you should mention Kubrick, as this time through (I first saw the film in 70mm at the DeMille in 68 or 69, going for the all day option with a dinner break) what the film made me think of more than anything else is a stylistic amalgam of 2001 & BARRY LYNDON. I mention 2001 in particular, as a lot of WAR AND PEACE is really trippy (for instance the opening credits with the camera floating upward from the roots of grasses and trees, or the scene at the Opera from Natasha's POV when one isn't certain if this is dream or a memory) but all these weird experiments in sight and sound are allied to a rigorously moving camera, magisterial and God-like, which appears to be the representation of Tolstoy's authorial voice. So yes, very detailed in terms of period and character/class based fashion while at the same time the technical & aesthetic aspect of the images transcending all this human frailty that one is witnessing. Now I'm not suggesting Kubrick copied WAR AND PEACE, but I find it interesting how the two directors chose similar approaches. And yes, the Princess Maria is a fascinating and very important character in the novel, and in the film, one only gets brief glimpses of her inner turmoil through facial expressions. I think this is the one of the few cases where one can fault the film in terms of the adaption from novel to film.It kind of reminds me of Barry Lyndon in that the recreation of an entire world down to minute details occupies my eye and mind throughout its length.
Just a heads up, Doug, that I am going through a similar process right now with a defective Blu copy of The Seventh Seal.I bought it from Wow HD but I’ll contact Criterion.
Yeah. A number of Criterion discs have issues with the second layer freezing up, and while it's always in a different place, it seems to happen during climatic scenes: the trail in "M", the robbery in "The Red Circle", the firefight and escape by train in "The Lady Vanishes", etc.Just a heads up, Doug, that I am going through a similar process right now with a defective Blu copy of The Seventh Seal.
I posted about it in another thread. You MAY be interested in the information connected with that because some of it will apply to your situation. They are backed up on such issues due to the virus crisis.