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S E A R C H    D V D B e a v e r

(aka "Mother and Son" or "Mat i syn")


directed by Aleksandr Sokurov
Russia 1997


There is very little in the movies today that is anything like Mother and Son. Certainly the slow movement, which mirrors life itself, is far away from any editing that we normally see. But what is there to prepare one for the absolute exquisite beauty, scene after scene. Because of the slowness, because of the beauty, because of the subject, it is painfully exquisite. One feels, at once, the heavy pain and suffering of this life and its beautifulness. The two seem to coexist like oil and water, pulling one in two directions at once. Of plot, in the normal sense, there is little or none. Everything is about the hiddeness and mystery of all things, all relationships, the blowing of the grass in the wind, a young man carrying his mother, Death...

Excerpt of murielh's reviw from IMDB located HERE


Theatrical Release: February 20th, 1997 Berlin International Film Festival

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DVD Review: Fox Lorber Films - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Rob Janik for the Review!

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Runtime 73'

1.66:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.66 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

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


Audio Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo, Russian
Subtitles English (removable), none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Fox Lorber Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen letterboxed - 1.66:1

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DVD Release Date: December 19th, 2000
Amaray case

Chapters 8


Comments Deeply haunting visual experience, the imagery is so stunning that could be easily compared to sensibilities of Tarkovsky, Angelopoulos etc, even more enhanced by anamorphically distorting lenses and techniques that encompass visual experimentation and manipulation not far from minimalism. One could experience a "drifting" through canvases of Dutch Renaissance masters. Film via painting or ainting via film and true work of art, highly recommended masterpiece.

Transfer shows a rather soft image with some color blurriness, occasional artifacts some maybe intended, weak chroma but over all acceptable. Audio up to par, subtitles yellow and with little dialog present through the film seem to be fine.

 - Rob Janik



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