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Bratya Karamazovy / The Brothers Karamazov [DVD NTSC][ENGLISH SUBTITLES][2009] (2009)

Sergei Gorobchenko , Aleksandr Golubev , Yuri Moroz  |  DVD
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Sergei Gorobchenko, Aleksandr Golubev
  • Directors: Yuri Moroz
  • Format: NTSC, Color, Subtitled, Import, Box set
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Studio: RBC Video
  • Run Time: 528 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (24 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002LC8LEC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,437 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Editorial Reviews

Based on the novel by Fyodor Mikhailovich Dostoevskiy "Bratya Karamazovy". This 12 episodes mini-series adaptation is as close to the book as possible. "The Brothers Karamazov" is the final novel by Dostoyevsky, and is generally considered the culmination of his life's work. "The Brothers Karamazov" is a passionate philosophical novel that explores deep into the ethical debates of God, free will and morality. It is a spiritual drama of moral struggles concerning faith, doubt, reason and modern Russia. Dostoyevsky composed much of the novel in Staraya Russa, which is also the main setting of the novel.

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50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great mini-series of the greatest novel of all time March 14, 2010
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Overall, this production is magnificent. Bravo!

I read Brothers Karamazov (one of the greatest novels ever written) only a year ago, so I was thrilled to have this new Russian-made mini-series now available. This mini-series is quite true to the novel. With twelve episodes running almost nine hours, this is certainly the most accurate dramatization to date. Casting is superb (near perfection). The production value is very high. Sets and settings are amazing (especially the outdoor scenes). What a truly wonderful production.

Russian-made productions of classic novels seem to have much greater respect for the original material than American or British productions. For example, the "Idiot" mini-series and the "Master and Margarita" mini-series are both very true to their respective novels. So it is with this production of Brothers Karamazov.

The English subtitles are very good. There are some instances of typographical errors (for example, "song" instead of "son"), and there are a few instances where the translation could have been improved (for example, the translation used "bride" instead of "fiance" or "betrothed"). Such small problems are trivial compared to the overall greatness of this mini-series.
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25 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brothers Karamazov: Russian Mini-Series February 10, 2010
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This Russian mini-series is the most detailed film adoption of Fydor Dostoevsky's great masterpiece like only the Russians can do. The series consisting of 12 parts follows all of the novel's plots without leaving out the most dramatic parts or draging the pace as most film adaptions can do. The mini-series follows the Karamazov brothers from the conflict between the eldest son and his father to the father's murder and trial. All the characters are potrayed just as Dostoevsky wrote them without any changes that would come in a foreign production. Considered the by many the greatest and most influential novel ever written The Brother's Karamazov brings great drama and passions with all points of view and perspectives. This is the definate version to be seen by all lovers of Russian literature and film.
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22 of 26 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing adaptation of an incredible book! September 1, 2009
By Moorz
This 2009 production is one of the best book to film adaptation I have ever seen!

Most comprehensive (and his final) masterpiece, Dostoyevsky addresses and discusses a number of the most fundamental and universal issues which face man. His multiple perspectives are embodied in seperate characters -- taken together, these characters form the whole of the Karamazov family, and these perspectives constitute the whole of Dostoyevsky's view.
Each of the brothers represents a distinct school of thought or values -- the impulsive Dmitri portrays the instinctive and carnal desires of man; the nihilist, Ivan, displays the cold and unforgiving intellectual, governed by the rules of logic alone; the religious Alyosha, student to the Great Elder Zossima, depicts the humble and devout spiritualist. The film brings these characters to life. From the loyalty to the Dostoevsky book, to the acting, to the production, this DVD set amazed me, Highly Recommended!
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Useful Visualization October 1, 2011
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The Brothers Karamazov, Dostoyevsky's most richly philosophical novel, is certainly not a cinema-friendly vehicle for film adaptation. That it was even attempted shows the Russian's great love for their blessedly-troubled literary giant. The treatment here is quite faithful (Mona0825's earlier review points out some important deviations, however), and I was surprised by how many scenes, even those I thought couldn't be filmed, were portrayed. The novel is so sprawling that events and relationships can become "disjointed" in your mind. That's why I turned to this video version. It helped me a great deal to keep things straight.

A few things bothered me. Sergey Koltakov as the father, Fyodor Karamazov, was simply too attractive. In the book, his physical repulsiveness reflects his sick and depraved personality - you can't help hating his guts. Here, the father certainly invites our contempt, but is too much of a dandified fool to prompt our hatred. As in Crime and Punishment, by eliciting our hatred of a character, Dostoyevsky is very skillfully and deliberately preparing us to feel the same guilt the characters will feel after the murder.

Aleksei Rybnikov's score is too romantically lush for my tastes and sometimes intrudes when it shouldn't. Particularly annoying is his "children's theme" which attempts to evoke an innocence that is rarely present in the worldly-wise youths of the story. This score harkens back to the golden age of Steiner and Newman. A more brittle and grittier score would, I think, have given the tale more of a modern "edge."

I found the acting to be excellent all around. I disagree with Mona0825's earlier review which criticizes Anatoliy Belyy's performance as Ivan. What we see here is a character being crushed by his pride.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Perhaps The Most In Depth Cinematic Rendering April 4, 2011
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Up front, my comments will not be a detailed review of "The Brothers."

Simply stated, I found this movie to be the most in depth cinematic version of Dostoevski's book I have seen. Having read the book several years ago, I was not expecting to see a "tit for tat", full detail account of the book. That would be, perhaps, impossible. Having said that, this rendering is as close, I should think, as one can get.

There are a few quirks as regards the DVD. I found the repeating of the opening scene at the beginning of all the episodes to be a little bothersome when I was wanting to go straight to the next chapter. And, it would be nice to have a nice wide screen version, instead of the cropped video which did not fill up my 47" flat screen. But, take that as a minor inconvenience measured against the beautiful cinematography of this film.

As I began watching, I found myself wondering how Ivan's account of The Grand Inquisitor would be treated. This particular episode in the book is, perhaps, one of the most illuminating pieces of writing I have ever encountered in literature from any genre. The movie account hints at many of the themes of Ivan's poem, but to cover "Inquisitor" in all its glory would be a movie unto itself.

Keeping this brief, if you wish to experience this major piece of literature in all of its marvelous depth, you will simply have to read the book. Short of that, this movie is as close as it gets.

Highly recommended.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Wonderful!!!
Absolutely Great! LOVE the acting and whole production!!!
Published 1 month ago by Daniel Dronsick
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent screen adaptation of brilliant novel
Casting and acting and screenplay script are all most superb. Really brings the novel to life in a new way. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Rabbit
1.0 out of 5 stars Several hours not readable on DVD
I ordered this DVD in July 2013 with high hopes. The subtitles were not great but the acting and detailed plot made up for it. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Critical Reader
3.0 out of 5 stars The Brothers Karamazov
There is a technical flaw in that one of the discs is lagging. Staggered movement of pictures. Poor resolution of the image (far from blueray!)
Published 12 months ago by Carlberg Mats
5.0 out of 5 stars Favorite!!!
This is my Favorite TV Series ever! I like that the main character Alyosha presents a great role model so that after each episode I feel morally challenged to be a better person!
Published 13 months ago by Luke T. Thompson
4.0 out of 5 stars Great movies - poor subtitles
This is by far the best movie version of the book. Unfortunately, the English subtitiles don't do the movie justice. Read more
Published 16 months ago by Daniel W Long
4.0 out of 5 stars Read the book first
I read the book and then watched the series with my husband who didn't...if I hadn't been there to clue him in, I don't think he would have stuck with it. Read more
Published 17 months ago by LFNYC
5.0 out of 5 stars Brothers Karamazov rate
I could only have good expectations about the dvd, having read the novel twice and wishing to watch a real Russian version of it on the screen, and both the Amazon sending it as... Read more
Published 20 months ago by Cintia Marques
5.0 out of 5 stars Awesome portrayal of a phenomenal book
When I ordered this film, it was after I had already read the book several years ago. I was just starting to read the book again in a different translation (Volokhonsky vs. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Darrin B. Roush
4.0 out of 5 stars artistic jigsaw puzzle
This is the most beautifully filmed movie I've seen. If you want to know what 19th Century Russia looked like, this cinematography will never be surpassed. Read more
Published 24 months ago by Frank Bunyard
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