(aka "Korol Lir" or "King Lear")


directed by Grigori Kozintsev
Soviet Union 1969


Theatrical Release: April 23rd, 1971 - Finland

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DVD Review:

RusCiCo (2 disc set) - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Gregory Meshman for the Review!

DVD Box Cover




Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:06:44 (4% PAL speedup) + 2nd disc 1:04:48 (4% PAL speedup)

2.58:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 9.29 mb/s (2nd disc -
9.28 mb/s)
NTSC 704x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes



Disc 1






Disc 2


Audio Russian (Dolby Digital 1.0); Russian (Dolby Digital 5.1), DUB: English (Dolby Digital 5.1), DUB: French (Dolby Digital 5.1)
Subtitles Russian, English, French, German, Dutch, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Japanese, Hebrew, Chinese, Arabic, Swedish, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: Russian Cinema Council

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 2.58:1

Edition Details:
• Shakespeare biography
• featurette about composer D. Shostakovich
• Still Gallery
• Filmographies
• Photo Album
• Trailers for Andrei Rublyov, Agony, Anna Karenina

2nd disc:

• Interview with G. Volchek (Regan)
• Filmographies
• Photo Album
• Trailers for War and Peace, Ashik Kerib, A Cruel Romance

DVD Release Date:
Keep Case

Chapters 16 + 15 = 31





Comments A very weak transfer by any standards - hazy - prevalent ghosting. Being anamorphic is virtually meaningless in this case. Not an overly long film, but still spread out over 2 discs. The original 1.0 audio is flat but there is a boosted option to 5.1 in original Russian and two DUB offerings also in 5.1 (English and French). On the positive side, the subtitles are good with a clean easy-to-see font and many options. There are some extras but the only decent one is the interview with  G. Volchek, one of the actresses. The rest are fillers. It may be the only way to see this fine film at present, but we can always hope it will be done correctly one day. out of

 - Gregory Meshman


DVD Menus




Disc 2

(same language and audio options as disc 1)




Subtitle Samples

(Disc 1 - TOP vs. RusCiCo - Disc 2 - BOTTOM)



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