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Top Customer Reviews
Visually, the transfer is okay, but could be better. For the price at the time of this writing (about US$17), it's fine.
The film itself is a masterpiece, though people accustomed to contemporary film styles will find Tarkovsky "boring" -- no jolting soundtrack, no rapid-fire cutting. Instead, some of the slowest, most prolonged camera moves and cuts you'll see in film. Gorgeous if you like it (which, clearly, I do).
The story has been explained by other reviewers so I wont bother repeating what they have already said.
The acting and cinematography are faultless. Throughout the movie I felt as if I was on the journey to the "Zone" with the 3 main characters. So many of the images could stand alone as a photographic work of art.
The quality of the DVD is excellent reproducing the desired look that Tarkovsky wanted.
Sometimes I feel that "Stalker" is not a film - it feels more like a dream with a philosophical theme.
I am truly lost for words. Let me add that "Stalker" would be on my top 10 list of greatest films ever made and considering how many fine movies have been made over the years it is very high praise indeed.
In conclusion, if you are a mainstream movie goer and love films like Spiderman and Starwars then this film may not be for you. Rent the DVD if you can and at least see it once. You may be surprised at how much you like it.
The film comprises one day in the life of Stalker, beginning with his early rise from bed, ending with his going to bed, and a short epilogue depicting his daughter on the next day. Stalker makes his living guiding persons illegally through the Zone with the highpoint being a visit to the wish-fulfilling room. The movie focuses on the journey of two men, Writer and Professor, led by Stalker. Proper names are not used in this business. But the pseudonyms tell us something about each man.
The director paints the shabby town in sepias and greys. When the men hastily leave the outskirts and enter the Zone, natural color is restored to objects. The Zone, dotted with abandoned vehicles and an empty house, is a landscape filled with lush weeds, trees, bird sounds, and a sort of unpredictable peace. But strange rules apply: one cannot return the way he came and one must keep moving, under supervision of the stalker.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great edition. Has a decent amount of special features. English dub not so great though, really delayed.Published 1 month ago by Brandon W.
Great Thinker movie, slow and methodical, with very deep poetic monologues and philosophy about life, morals, and purpose, as well as a great but subtle sci-fi ending.Published 4 months ago by Mario J Carl
"Stalker" is a very engrossing movie. In fact, more engrossing then 1972's "Solaris"Published 6 months ago by Leroy Jackson
From the outset, you will need to bracket your prejudices with the word “stalker” appearing as the title. Stalker has nothing to do with predatory or obsessional behaviors, i.e. Read morePublished 6 months ago by John C. Woodcock
A masterpiece, Tarkovsky's finest film. It's everything all the well-hyped films from Hollywood could never be. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Bob Taylor
good flick. i'm glad that others like it. but shouldn't a 2 1/2 hour movie be longer than the reviews?Published 7 months ago by majormulatto
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