One of my favorite films, or cinema experiences if you will, is the Russian version of WAR AND PEACE, 1967-68. It has had an odd home video release first appearing in the absurdly dubbed and cut English version in a big box VHS. 1980s. The Russian version appeared on VHS finally from KULTUR but still not in widescreen with nolaser version. This was one of those films I was obssessed with and wanted a good home video version of and a major reason I purchased a zone free DVD player hopefully to obtain the DVD of this from SAZUMA.When I read KULTUR was to release a DVD I hoped for the best but assumed it would be merely a retread of the VHS version with quite variable color and sound. I ordered it over night from KULTUR. I really hate to slam a smaller company such as KULTUR but this release is pretty bad. The pan and scan remains the travesty it is on the tape. Progressive scan makes many scenes shimmer and distort. If IMAGE was not releasing an LBX version 12/03 I could live with this. But this KULTUR version is NOT the way to see this quite remarkable film. Anyone seen a preview of the IMAGE release. Thank you.