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Ilya Muromets

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Heroic warrior Ilya Muromets tries to protect Russian land from evil enemies, defeating their thousands-strong army and encountering numerous monsters.

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  • Actors: Andrei Abrikosov, Boris Andreyev, Sergei Stolyarov, Alexander Shvorin, Shukur Burkhanov
  • Directors: Alexander Ptushko
  • Format: Color, Dolby, DTS Surround Sound, Subtitled, Widescreen, NTSC
  • Language: Russian
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Image Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: June 21, 2005
  • Run Time: 94 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00092ZL1M
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #152,712 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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42 of 44 people found the following review helpful By Brian Camp on September 25, 2005
Format: DVD
This DVD of ILYA MUROMETS is long awaited by fans who've seen the film in its English-dubbed U.S. release version, SWORD AND THE DRAGON. This 1956 Soviet spectacle, based on the legend of Ilya Muromets, a Russian folk hero who defended Kiev from the Tartar hordes, was released in the U.S. in 1960 and has come out on VHS in various full-screen versions, including one framed by a badly-shot tacked-on prologue and epilogue involving a little boy who finds a book in a library that tells the story. It's also been ridiculed on "Mystery Science Theater 3000." Here we finally get to see it in a restored print in its proper widescreen dimensions and in Russian with English subtitles.

It follows the rise of Ilya Muromets from his helpless status as a crippled onlooker who watches Tugar raiders invade his village and kidnap his devoted wife, Vassilisa, to a hero of the people who, upon being awarded a magic sword by traveling minstrels, finds he can walk and ride and sets out to capture a wind demon who's been robbing passersby and thus prove to Prince Vladimir at Kiev that he deserves a special place in court. He rescues his wife, but is discredited by a traitor at court and imprisoned only to be called on when the Tugars, under their chief, Kalin, prepare to invade Kiev. Meanwhile his wife has been recaptured by the Tugars and gives birth to Ilya's son, who will not meet his father for several years. It all culminates in a big battle with the Tugars outside of Kiev (employing thousands of extras) and a final showdown with a flame-spewing, three-headed dragon.

This is not SPARTACUS or BEN-HUR or BRAVEHEART. Or even TROY. The Russians call it a fairy-tale film.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Andre Villemaire on February 11, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you ever saw this movie on TV decades ago and you liked it, just remember
that most of the time it was not in widescreen and after comparing both
versions...you missed a lot.
Now after viewing the film on vhs which is cropped to fit the tv screen, i
got mad and finally found this version. Restored and beautiful musiccal
numbers that were deleted and now available for your enjoyment.
I am now smilling...A great tale for young and old.
A keeper.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful By Toshiro on November 15, 2007
Format: DVD
Ilya Muromets is the most famous of the legendary heros of Russia. The acting in this film is stilted, but it is not intended to be a realistic depiction of early Russia. The film is retelling an old legend, and it does so with energy, beauty and imagination. This film will be enjoyed by those with an interest in Russia, folk tales, and good old fashioned heoric adventure.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Jack Shatter on January 6, 2010
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
If you like seeing noble Knights of Kiev skewering wild
Asiatic Tugars three at once like human shish ke-babs,
here's your dream picture. Also fun is a three-headed, scaly
fire-breathing dragon, "Gorynych," (years before King Ghidorah!).
The wind-demon, ironically called Nightingale, is windier
than a U.S. congressman. Did you know that stout Russian
fighters, whilst hurling big rocks with a sling, exclaim
"Better my arm dislocated than Tugars in Kiev located!"

In short, this movie is a riot. No shortage of rubles was
spared making it, and the panoramas of fur-clad Tugars and horses
marching for Kiev will astound you. If you relish campy Russian
medieval dialog, "Ilya" has plenty to spare. Upon gaining his
battle sword, Ilya is instructed, "May it slay the man who is up
and spare the man who is down!" The use of colorful settings
and costumes delights the eye. The characters are motivated by
devotion "to Holy Rus" and to each other. The Tugar chief, Tsar
Kalin, is like Edward G. Robinson playing a gangster in Mongol
makeup. And there's a stirringly Russian music score too!

I had a ball watching "Ilya Muromets" and want other people
to know that it's a fabulous epic, like Michael Powell's "Thief
of Bagdad." Every so often, a zesty song is performed, once with
accompaniment by wild birds, squirrels, foxes, etc. Hilarious!
There's humor both intended and accidental. You have to remember
it's an old Russian movie, from a much different land and era, and
should not be judged by our modern American notions of hip irony.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Iggy on January 14, 2011
Format: DVD
There are always reasons to love and dislike films. However, some of them are borderline - we often do not know why a certain film is found appealing, or appalling. With this one the message is clear, its a tale of Russia's Hercules.

The story with "Ilya Murometz" is such that there a few films that can depict a Russian Spirit, Russian Soul - and that I think is what the character of this "bogatir" (a tatar word meaning "a stout, near perfection man, a hero") is all about. Ilya Murometz is a rural man, who is long paralyzed - with the help of travelling healers - he is healed and becomes a hero the world has never seen.

The movie is colorful, playful and is just very enjoyable in its naivete. Plus I had revealed absolutely nothing of the storyline, which is pretty architypically complicated - we encouter Ilya's tender relationship with his parents, his son, his wife. A relatinship between Ilya and his buddies - the other bogatirs who unlike him come from aristocratic families. And finally, Ilya's immense love for his homeland and its nature, and the liberating spirit which has brought him to life.
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