Trailer for Criterion’s Restoration of Andrei Tarkovsky‘s Sci-Fi Classic ‘Stalker’

Andrei Tarkovsky's Sci-Fi Classic

Janus Films has released the new trailer for Criterion Collection’s 2K restoration of Andrei Tarkovsky’s brilliant science fiction classic Stalker.

The restored version will be screening in a limited theatrical run at the Film Society of Lincoln Center starting on May 5 (followed by Solaris), and will be available on DVD and Blu-ray on July 18.

See the gorgeous new trailer for Criterion’s restoration along with the full tech specs below.

Andrei Tarkovsky‘s Sci-Fi Classic

Andrei Tarkovsky’s final Soviet feature is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic postapocalyptic landscape, and a rarefied cinematic experience like no other. A hired guide-the Stalker-leads a writer and a scientist into the heart of the Zone, the restricted site of a long-ago disaster, where the three men eventually zero in on the Room, a place rumored to fulfill one’s most deeply held desires. Adapting a science-fiction novel by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, Tarkovsky created an immersive world with a wealth of material detail and a sense of organic atmosphere. A religious allegory, a reflection of contemporaneous political anxieties, a meditation on film itself-Stalker envelops the viewer by opening up a multitude of possible meanings.

The new release features:
– New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray
– New interview with Geoff Dyer, author of Zona: A Book About a Film About a Journey to a Room
– Interview from 2002 with cinematographer Alexander Knyazhinsky
– Interview from 2002 with set designer Rashit Safiullin
– Interview from 2002 with composer Eduard Artemyev
– New English subtitle translation

PLUS: An essay by critic Mark Le Fanu.

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