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(aka "Mirror" or  "The Mirror" or "Sarke" or "White, White Day" or "Zerkalo")

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U.S.S.R. 1975

Mirror (Russian title 'Zerkalo') from 1975, is Tarkovsky's fourth of seven feature films. It has relevancy being numerically "central" in his oeuvre also marking itself as, by the director's own account, 'My most openly autobiographical, daring, and self-revealing film'. Infused with dense, personal references from memory and an inaccessible use of time, space and performances, this is considered the director most artistically bold work being steeped in layered constructions. In examining his entire body of work this tends to be a catalyst of his vision of transcendency. About the film, Tarkovsky states "It is an autobiographical film. The things that happen are real things that happened to people close to me. That is true of all the episodes in the film. But why do people complain that they cannot understand it? The facts are so simple, they can be taken by everyone as similar to the experience of their own lives. But here we come up against something that is peculiar to cinema: the further a viewer is from the content of a film, the closer he is; what people are looking for in cinema is a continuation of their lives, not a repetition. There are no entertaining moments in the film. In fact I am categorically against entertainment in cinema: it is as degrading for the author as it is for the audience."

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Theatrical Release Date: April, 1975 - U.S.S.R.

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Big thanks to Denis and Kevin Parent for the Lizard and Korean Screen Captures 

1) Lizard - Region 0 - PAL TOP LEFT

2) MK2 - Region 0 - PAL TOP MIDDLE

3) Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC - TOP RIGHT

4) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM LEFT

5) Spectrum Region 0 - PAL - BOTTOM SECOND

6) Artificial Eye (Andrei Tarkovsky Collection) - Region 2 - PAL - BOTTOM THIRD

7) IVC - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM RIGHT

 

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Distribution

Lizard (Russia)

Region 0  - PAL

MK2 (France)

Region 0  - PAL

Kino Video

Region 0  - NTSC

 

 

Artificial Eye

Region 0  - PAL

Spectrum
Region 3 - NTSC

Artificial Eye (Andrei Tarkovsky Collection)

Region 2  - PAL

IVC
Region FREE - Blu-ray
Lizard MK2 Kino Artificial Eye Spectrum AE Tarkovsky Collection IVC Blu-ray
Runtime 1:41:51 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:41:48 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:46:20 1:41:48 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:41:42 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:42:32 (4% PAL Speedup) 1:47:26.898
Video 1.33:1/4:3 FullScreen
Average Bitrate: 7.42 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.33:1/4:3 FullScreen
Average Bitrate: 6.30 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
1.33:1/4:3 FullScreen
Average Bitrate: 5.34 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1/4:3 FullScreen
Average Bitrate: 6.30 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

1.33:1/4:3 FullScreen
Average Bitrate: 6.28 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

1.33:1/4:3 FullScreen
Average Bitrate: 7.12 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

Aspect Ratio:  1.44:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,502,874,817 bytes

Feature: 22,399,383,552 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.77 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

Bitrate:

Lizard

 

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MK2

 

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Kino

 

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Artificial Eye

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Spectrum

Bitrate:

AE (Tarkovsky Collection)

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Blu-ray

Audio Russian Dolby Digital 5.1(448Kbps) and Russian Dolby Digital 2.0(256Kbps) - real mono * although it is listed as 2.0 Russian Dolby Digital 5.1 and (added later): Russian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono Russian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono

Russian Dolby Digital 5.1 and (added later): Russian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono

Russian Dolby Digital 1.0 mono *

* although it is listed as 2.0

Russian Dolby Digital 2.0 mono LPCM Audio Russian 1536 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 1536 kbps / 16-bit
Subtitles Russian or none Russian, English, Deutsch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Arabic, Hebrew, Mandarin, Japanese Burned in yellow (English) Russian, English, Deutsch, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Italian, Dutch, Swedish, Arabic, Hebrew, Mandarin, Japanese Russian, English, Korean or none English or none Japanese or none
Features Released by: Krypny Plan

Aspect Ratio:
1:33:1 original aspect ratio

Edition Details:
• Introduction: Interview with scriptwriter Aleksandr Mišarin (1.33:1, color, 32:14)
• Filmographies
• Photo Album of 9 images

DVD Release Date: 2004
Super Jewel Case
Chapters: 18
DVD Encoding: PAL Region 0
DL/DVD-9 ( 6.57 Gb)
Release Information:
Studio: MK2

Aspect Ratio:
1:33:1 original aspect ratio

Edition Details:
• Introduction: Interview with scriptwriter Aleksandr Mišarin (1.33:1, color, 32:14)
• Introduction: Interview with politician Grigory Javlinsky (1.33:1, color, 9:45 )
• Biographical Text Pages (2) on Arseny Tarkovsky
• Excerpts of films with Anatoly Solonisyn (1.33:1, b+w and color, 8:18)
• Documentary on Innokenty Smoktunovsky (1.33:1, color, 10:50)
• Documentary on Nikolai Grinko (1.33:1, 3:24)
• Edouard Artemev: Dedication to Tarkovsky (1.33:1, color, 9:14)
• Filmographies: Static screens of 6 crew with imbeded trailers:or Solaris (2.35:1/4:3, 3:20),
Nekončennaja p’esa dlja mekhaničeskogo pianino (1.33:1, 1:29), Sinjaja Ptica (1.33:1, 3:06), Sibiriada (1.33:1, 2:21), Dvorjanskoe gnezdo (1.33:1, 3:46)
• Photo Album of 9 images

DVD Release Date: May 25th, 2005
Slim digipak with no sleeve
Chapters: 18
DVD Encoding: PAL Region 0
SS-DL/DVD-9

Release Information:
Kino Video

Aspect Ratio:
1:33:1 original aspect ratio

Edition Details:

None

DVD Release Date: 21st March 2000
Keep Case
Chapters: 14
DVD Encoding: NTSC Region 0
SS-SL/DVD-5

 

Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
1:33:1 original aspect ratio

Edition Details:
• Introduction: Interview with scriptwriter Aleksandr Mišarin (1.33:1, color, 32:14)
• Introduction: Interview with politician Grigory Javlinsky (1.33:1, color, 9:45 )
• Biographical Text Pages (2) on Arseny Tarkovsky
• Excerpts of films with Anatoly Solonisyn (1.33:1, b+w and color, 8:18)
• Documentary on Innokenty Smoktunovsky (1.33:1, color, 10:50)
• Documentary on Nikolai Grinko (1.33:1, 3:24)
• Edouard Artemev: Dedication to Tarkovsky (1.33:1, color, 9:14)
• Filmographies: Static screens of 6 crew with imbeded trailers:or Solaris (2.35:1/4:3, 3:20),
Nekončennaja p’esa dlja mekhaničeskogo pianino (1.33:1, 1:29), Sinjaja Ptica (1.33:1, 3:06), Sibiriada (1.33:1, 2:21), Dvorjanskoe gnezdo (1.33:1, 3:46)
• Photo Album of 9 images
 

DVD Release Date: 29 July 2002
Keep Case
Chapters: 18
DVD Encoding: PAL Region 0
SS-DL/DVD-9

Release Information:
Studio: Spectrum

Aspect Ratio:
1:33:1 original aspect ratio

Edition Details:
• Introduction: Interview with scriptwriter Aleksandr Mišarin (1.33:1, color, 32:14)
• Introduction: Interview with politician Grigory Javlinsky (1.33:1, color, 9:45 )
• Biographical Text Pages (2) on Arseny Tarkovsky
• Excerpts of films with Anatoly Solonisyn (1.33:1, b+w and color, 8:18)
• Documentary on Innokenty Smoktunovsky (1.33:1, color, 10:50)
• Documentary on Nikolai Grinko (1.33:1, 3:24)
• Cast and Crew: Static screens of 6 crew with imbeded trailers:or Solaris (2.35:1/4:3, 3:20),
Nekončennaja p’esa dlja mekhaničeskogo pianino (1.33:1, 1:29), Sinjaja Ptica (1.33:1, 3:06), Sibiriada (1.33:1, 2:21), Dvorjanskoe gnezdo (1.33:1, 3:46)
• Photo Album of 9 images

 

DVD Release Date: 2003

Part of Boxset

Chapters 18

 

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Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
1:33:1 original aspect ratio

Edition Details:
Part of the Andrei Tarkovsky Collection

DVD Release Date: May 23rd, 2011
Unknown Case
Chapters: 12

 

Release Information:
Studio: IVC

Aspect Ratio:  1.44:1

1080P Single-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 22,502,874,817 bytes

Feature: 22,399,383,552 bytes

Video Bitrate: 24.77 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• None
 

Blu-ray Release Date: December 20th, 2013
Transparent
Blu-ray case

Chapters 12

 

 

Comments:

NOTE: The below Blu-ray captures were obtained directly from the Blu-ray disc.

ADDITION: IVC - Region FREE Blu-ray - March 2014 - Certain films - despite not being on an English-friendly Blu-ray - we still like to investigate, see what prints are being used etc.. IVC, out of Japan, seem to have done a good job with Jacques Becker's Le Trou on Blu-ray (although is also not English-friendly.) I realized the odds were against English subtitles but Mirror is one of the films that I would least require them. Not that I have memorized the Russian dialogue translations, or anything - but the Tarkovsky's visuals are much more like art than formed in the structure of a standard film - I can still greatly appreciate the film without being informed what is precisely spoken. Anywho...

This looks like the same source as the newest Artificial Eye (The Andrei Tarkovsky Collection boxset that never really got released.) Perhaps this is some form of restoration that took place 2011 or before. I'm just guessing. The aspect ratio is about 1.44:1. The 1080P shows more grain and in certain scenes there is depth and detail not seen on SD. Also the colors may be the most noticeable video difference. Brighter, tighter and more layers. Black and white sequences have solid contrast. This new Blu-ray can look softer, but I don't think it is softness - it actually looks more thick and film-like in-motion, to me. I liked the way this looks - superior to the DVDs, but I can't say it will be the definitive.

I was very excited to hear the linear PCM - a 2.0 channel at 1536 kbps. Mirror's music is some of the most impacting I have ever heard in a film. The Purcell piece and three Bach's - Matthäuspassion - BWV 244, Johannes Passion - BWV 245 and Orgelbüchlein - Das alte Jahre vergangen ist - BWV 614 sound brilliant in lossless. Like the video also superior to SD - but perhaps even more so. There is depth and crispness in the orchestras. Wow. Only optional Japanese subtitles, but the Blu-ray disc is region FREE.

There are no extras. I will still cherish this release while waiting for an English-friendly, dual-layered 1080P version. I understand the Russian Blu-ray that is out there is also single-layered and it has no subtitles at all.   

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ADDITION: Artificial Eye (ATC) - Region 2 - PAL - May 11' - This is part of The Andrei Tarkovsky Collection from Artificial Eye in the UK. We had heard that these would be 'new transfers' and Mirror certainly is. I suspect this may be from a different source. Colors have some alternation from the previous crop of DVDs as does the contrast of the black and white segments. I'd like to take a bit longer to look at this barebones disc -  as I had not seen Mirror in a while - it is my favorite Tarkovsky film and one of my favorite pieces of cinema... ever. I LOVED the subtle differences that I noted in the new transfer and look forward to perusing the rest of the collection which includes Childhood (1962), Andrei Rublev (1966), Solaris (1972), Mirror (1975), Stalker (1979), Nostalgia (1983), and The Sacrifice (1986).

NOTE: There appears to have been a delay with the release date - but I can assure you it exists as I am holding 3 screeners of the 6 films available in the new set. Exciting times!

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ADDITION: Lizard - Region 0 - PAL - October 05' - The Lizard edition looks quite good - I would say a small notch ahead of the AE and MK2 in terms of sharpness but, of course, its fatal drawback, for most, are the lack of English subtitles. It might very well be vertically stretched a bit and looks more correct to me, at times, next to the other releases. The real conundrum of any transfer of Mirror, is that it cannot be digitally tampered with - there is too much archival footage, often very damaged. So when you boost or de-saturate it become easily apparent in those scenes. Ex. the damage in the balloon sequence is supposed to be there!

If you are keen to own this Lizard edition BEWARE - this is a DVD9 (Dual layer - 6.57 Gb), but Lizard also produces a DVD5 (single layer - 4.33 Gb) of the same film. Big thanks to Denis for supplying these captures! 

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Bottom line for many - the 'new' MK2 is an exact copy of the Artificial Eye (which barring a few subtle differences is an exact copy of the RusCiCo. The Korean editions is the same but was not converted from PAL to NTSC and will have those apparent artifact deficiencies.)

The MK2 offers the same 5.1 and original Russian mono tracks and the same extras which are subtitled. It comes in a slim digipak case with no sleeve.

Major differences in the editions:

 1) The Kino is overly bright and saturated. It has abused the intended color scheme.

2) The initial AE disc did not offer the original mono, but does now.

3) The Korean edition does not have subtitles on the extras.

4) The RusCiCo ports (AE, MK2 and Korean) have a sepia tinge to the black and white sequences.

NOTE: I'd like to think there will one day be a superior edition of this important film. The image is soft and the bitrate indicates it is probably from analog, but for now the definitive choice is either the AE or MK2 dependant on which you can obtain least expensively.

- Gary W. Tooze


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(Artificial Eye- Region 0 - PAL - LEFT vs. Spectrum Region 0 - PAL - RIGHT)


 

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Screen Captures

 

1) Lizard - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) MK2 - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Spectrum Region 0 - PAL - FIFTH

6) Artificial Eye (Andrei Tarkovsky Collection) - Region 2 - PAL - SIXTH

7) IVC - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM



1) Lizard - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) MK2 - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Spectrum Region 0 - PAL - FIFTH

6) Artificial Eye (Andrei Tarkovsky Collection) - Region 2 - PAL - SIXTH

7) IVC - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

1) Lizard - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) MK2 - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Spectrum Region 0 - PAL - FIFTH

6) Artificial Eye (Andrei Tarkovsky Collection) - Region 2 - PAL - SIXTH

7) IVC - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Lizard - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) MK2 - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Spectrum Region 0 - PAL - FIFTH

6) Artificial Eye (Andrei Tarkovsky Collection) - Region 2 - PAL - SIXTH

7) IVC - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Lizard - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) MK2 - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Spectrum Region 0 - PAL - FIFTH

6) Artificial Eye (Andrei Tarkovsky Collection) - Region 2 - PAL - SIXTH

7) IVC - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 


1) Lizard - Region 0 - PAL TOP

2) MK2 - Region 0 - PAL SECOND

3) Kino Video - Region 0 - NTSC - THIRD

4) Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL - FOURTH

5) Spectrum Region 0 - PAL - FIFTH

6) Artificial Eye (Andrei Tarkovsky Collection) - Region 2 - PAL - SIXTH

7) IVC - Region FREE - Blu-ray BOTTOM

 

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Box Covers

  

Distribution

Lizard (Russia)

Region 0  - PAL

MK2 (France)

Region 0  - PAL

Kino Video

Region 0  - NTSC

 

 

Artificial Eye

Region 0  - PAL

Spectrum
Region 3 - NTSC

Artificial Eye (Andrei Tarkovsky Collection)

Region 2  - PAL

IVC
Region FREE - Blu-ray



 

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