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At the height of the Cold War, the Soviet film industry set out to prove it could outdo Hollywood with a production that would dazzle the world: a titanic, awe-inspiring adaptation of Leo Tolstoy’s classic tome in which the fates of three souls—the blundering, good-hearted Pierre; the heroically tragic Prince Andrei; and the radiant, tempestuous Natasha—collide amid the tumult of the Napoleonic Wars. Employing a cast of thousands and an array of innovative camera techniques, director Sergei Bondarchuk conjures a sweeping vision of grand balls that glitter with rococo beauty and breathtaking battles that overwhelm with their expressionistic power. As a statement of Soviet cinema’s might, War and Peace succeeded wildly, garnering the Academy Award for best foreign-language film and setting a new standard for epic moviemaking.

FILM INFO

  • Sergei Bondarchuk
  • Soviet Union
  • 1966
  • 422 minutes
  • Color
  • 2.35:1
  • Russian, French
  • Spine #983SPECIAL FEATURES
    • New 2K digital restoration, with 5.1 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
    • New interviews with cinematographer Anatoly Petritsky and filmmaker Fedor Bondarchuk, son of Sergei Bondarchuk
    • Two 1966 documentaries about the making of the film
    • Television program from 1967 profiling actor Ludmila Savelyeva, and featuring Sergei Bondarchuk
    • New program with historian Denise J. Youngblood (Bondarchuk’s “War and Peace”: Literary Classic to Soviet Cinematic Epic) detailing the cultural and historical contexts for the film
    • Janus rerelease trailer
    • New English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: An essay by critic Ella Taylor

    New cover by Gary Kelley

    June 25, 2019

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