New Poster + Trailer for Restored Re-Release of Epic 'War and Peace'

February 6, 2019
Source: YouTube

War and Peace Trailer

"Exhaustive, spectacular, often dazzling in its ambition… one of the wonders of epic cinema." Janus Films has unveiled a grand new trailer and a beautiful new poster for the restored re-release of War and Peace, director Sergey Bondarchuk's epic Soviet Russian film from 1966 (which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film in 1969). This eight-hour long epic, based on Leo Tolstoy's book, contains two main story-lines that are complex and intertwined. One is the love story of young Countess Natasha Rostova and Count Pierre Bezukhov, who is unhappy in his marriage. The other story is the "Great Patriotic War" of 1812 against the invading Napoleon's Armies. The people of Russia from all the classes of society stand up united against the enemy. Janus Films will re-release this cinematic epic starting this month in NYC, featuring a digital restoration of the picture and sound using a 2K scanner. Check out the official poster + trailer below.

Here's the new re-release trailer (+ poster) for Sergey Bondarchuk's War and Peace, from YouTube:

War and Peace Poster

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 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, 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, earning the Academy Award for Best Foreign-Language Film and setting a new standard for epic moviemaking. War and Peace is directed by Russian filmmaker Sergey Bondarchuk, of other films including Fate of a Man, Waterloo, Mexico in Flames, and Ten Days That Shook the World. Based on Leo Tolstoy's seminal novel. Janus Films will re-release War and Peace in select theaters starting on February 15th this month.

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So I know the book has become the literary joke of "something that takes a long time", but some of the shots in this trailer look amazing! And for 1969 no less! And Janus Films does good stuff, so I'm tempted to seek this out. Hopefully the run-time isn't as long as the book lol.

THE_RAW_ on Feb 6, 2019


1966...not 1969, Raw. Good luck if you watch this. An 8 hr. Russian flick is more than I can handle. Maybe watch it in increments over 4 or 5 nights. Still...It does look beautifully shot and the production design it also beautiful. I can't remember this film at all, but I'd not gotten involved in film yet and didn't have a bead on excellent foreign films like this.

thespiritbo on Feb 6, 2019


Imagine it as a mini series.

tarek on Feb 7, 2019


I just got 'being approved' because I used the name of the tyrant German dictator from WWII in the title of a very long doc film we all went to see at UCLA in the late '70's titled 'Our H..ler'....don't know why that name is outlawed here on Alex's site. He explained it to me once. Anyway...the point being 8 hrs. is a gut job. Now let's see if my original post below posts or is deleted...all for the name. I think Alex explained that the name is used poorly or whatever so it's easier to just flag it. Weird, but it is what it is.

thespiritbo on Feb 7, 2019


Yeah. It's some filter at work. I find it very stupid and immature to ban the name of a historical figure, even if he was an awful person. We should ban also Gilgamesh, Agamemnon and every historical figure who were behind mass murders.

tarek on Feb 7, 2019


Good idea. I'd take a whack at it if I could record it and watch it at my leisure. 8 hours is tough. I remember going to UCLA in the late 70's to see a 6 or 8 hour documentary from Germany titled 'Our Hitler'. It was pretty good, but that's just too long and I would never do that again. Cheers, tarek!

thespiritbo on Feb 7, 2019

7 is almost as long as the book... lol

THE_RAW_ on Feb 7, 2019


It's long. I never saw it or read it and have little interest in doing so. I did read The Idiot and liked it and Crime and Punishment by Dostoevsky (sorry for the misspelling?) but they weren't as long as this story/thing/book/

thespiritbo on Feb 7, 2019


Nah. I don't know how fast you can read, but I know 8h is still way shorter than the time I'd need to read the book. Plus, it has eye candy. Glad I stumbled on this trailer, I figured any adaptation would be rather stuffy, but this looks amazing. And I don't really have the time to read <500 pages books (much less 1400 lol)... I just love cinema more than prose, so I'm willing to spend it there.

Terry Craig on Feb 8, 2019


That's a fair assessment. I concur.

THE_RAW_ on Feb 11, 2019


Damn, this looks beautiful.

Efterklang on Feb 6, 2019


This must be the peak of restoration ability.

DAVIDPD on Feb 6, 2019


Neither the book nor the film here look short. But that's the price of a good art (which doesn't mean that something long is also good) ...

shiboleth on Feb 6, 2019


This most definitely deserved a better than 2k scan. I sure hope that's an error. Either way, It'll be great to see it when Criterion puts it out on blu-ray.

Charles Knowlton on Feb 6, 2019


"War and Peace" was shot in 70mm and shown in four parts in the Soviet Union. it was about 7 and half hours long. Apparently, the original negative was left to decay and is beyond repair. Bondarchuk, l've read, did a version for Russian television 30 years ago or so, but had to reframe the picture in a 4:3 aspect ratio, cutting out half the image. ln the US, "War and Peace" was cut to six hour and shown in two parts. I don't think a 70mm print was ever shown in the US. lt was definitely 35mm when I saw it around 1968 or 1969. The prints were not very good. The available DVD version is not good either and the dubbing is dreadful. We can thank Criterion for this and look forward to the restoration, possibly as Criterion's 1000th release.

James Shertzer on Feb 19, 2019

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