New Trailer for Re-Release of Andrei Tarkovsky's 1979 Sci-Fi 'Stalker'
"A vision of pure magic." How many of you have ever seen this film? If you haven't, maybe now is a good time to get into Tarkovsky. The Film Society of Lincoln Center has debuted a brand new trailer for the digitally restored re-release of Andrei Tarkovsky's 1979 sci-fi film Stalker. While this was first released in Russia in 1979, it premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980, and didn't hit US theaters until two years later. This 2k digitally restored version was commissioned by the Criterion Collection for a new release, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray. And if you live in NYC, you have the lucky chance to catch it on the big screen in early May. Many critics consider this Tarkovsky's masterpiece, for good reason.
Here's the new re-release trailer (+ new poster) for Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker, direct from YouTube:
In a small, unnamed country there is an area called the Zone. It is apparently inhabited by aliens and contains the Room, wherein it is believed wishes are granted. The government has declared The Zone a no-go area. However, this has not stopped people from attempting to enter the Zone. We follow one such party, made up of a writer, who wants to use the experience as inspiration for his writing, and a professor, who wants to research the Zone for scientific purposes. Their guide is a man to whom the Zone is everything, the Stalker. Andrei Tarkovsky's Stalker was first released in the US in 1982, after premiering at the Cannes Film Festival in 1980. This restored version also played at the Montclair Film Festival. NYC's Film Society will be screening Stalker for only one week starting May 5th, followed by Tarkovsky's Solaris.
Reader Feedback - 21 Comments
Damn skippy! This is fantastic. // Dat poster.
DAVIDPD on Apr 20, 2017
Got goosebumps watching the trailer. This is one of my favorite films of all time, masterpiece is right. I'm glad I held off on buying the Curzon Artificial Eye blu-ray that came out last year, heard the quality wasn't that great. This restoration looks magnificent though, will get it for sure.
Efterklang on Apr 20, 2017
I just learned that they don't ship outside of the US and Canada (although they do on amazon) + only region 1, which sucks for me. Guess I'll have to wait a bit longer and rewatch my dvd instead.
Efterklang on Apr 21, 2017
I just bought that,like a month ago...and you ar eright about the quality,its watchable,just not as good compared to the quality of this trailer. might just have to buy this one as well then!
Stefan van Zweden on Apr 22, 2017
I see, yeah I read some comments that it wasn't really an improvement. I bought a couple others from their Tarkovsky collection though, and they were great. Mosfilm were behind both the film and this new restoration, so they probably had a better source to work with. They've also put it on youtube, for anyone interested. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TGRDYpCmMcM
Efterklang on Apr 22, 2017
I didn't watch it. How did I miss that... Will check if it's on Netflix.
tarek on Apr 20, 2017
Doesn't look nearly 40 years old. Some amazing shots in that trailer.
Carpola on Apr 21, 2017
Such great news! I've been wanting to see this for such a long time 🙂
Rob on Apr 21, 2017
Awesome film, so weird...
eurogibbon on Apr 21, 2017
Russian sf is not for everyone. Especially by brothers Strugatsky, but it always pays off on the end. It's just extraordinary for me. So, I read the book last year again. Looks I'll have to pay attention to film again, too... Looking very good and very forward ...
shiboleth on Apr 21, 2017
SF and fantasy movies. Did you watch Ruslan i Lyudmila? Great poetry.
tarek on Apr 21, 2017
You really surprise me sometimes with some ideas for watching. To be honest, I don't remember any more, but I think I haven't watched that one. And to be honest, I'm not sure would I really try that. Who knows, someday, maybe. But this is, also, something quite different from many things, I mean of works done by brothers Strugatsky, made in Russia. They are exceptional in many ways even if you compare it to many other Russian works. Whether on film or literary ones. So, Russian films are not good in themselves just because they are Russian (same goes for American ones), but because they are something interesting and good ...
shiboleth on Apr 22, 2017
Of course not. Just like not every French movie is a good movie. But people who think that see it these movies a way to distance themselves from the overdone style of acting and writing we can see in the american filmmaking industry.
tarek on Apr 22, 2017
Yeah, I agree. It's just, that such films can be often refreshing, of course. I consider myself lucky in that respect since I was always directed by my interests in many films that were not always the same mainstream routine of filmmaking, as you say. But also, I have a lot of touch with Slavic culture over here, so I can sense also a lot of standard overdoing in that respect and I get a bit tired of that, too ...
shiboleth on Apr 22, 2017
Great book...great PC game...hopefully great movie
LeoForPrez on Apr 21, 2017
Yeah, I thought it was a PC game in 90s! Didn't know this was the source material...
THE_RAW_ on Apr 22, 2017
I missed even the game. ;D But i knew about it.
tarek on Apr 22, 2017
Is this the 1979 Alien trailer soundtrack in the background? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LjLamj-b0I8
Antoine C on Apr 21, 2017
Эдуард Артемьев - Медитация (Eduard Artemyev - Meditation) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZtLOW1Q1kkk
Sergey Yakovlev on May 14, 2017
Yes it is. Which actually kinda ruined the trailer for me a bit.
TAH on Apr 21, 2017
Montclair film festival is yet to come! Stalker is sold out. :-/ but thanks to this article I'm going to another movie there. 'Do Donkeys Act'
Matt on Apr 23, 2017
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