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(aka "Idi i smotri" or "Go and Look" or "Come and See" or "Go and See")

 

Directed by Elem Klimov
Soviet Union 1985

 

This legendary film from Soviet director Elem Klimov is a senses-shattering plunge into the dehumanizing horrors of war. As Nazi forces encroach on his small village in Belorussia, teenage Flyora (Alexei Kravchenko, in a searing depiction of anguish) eagerly joins the Soviet resistance. Rather than the adventure and glory he envisioned, what he finds is a waking nightmare of unimaginable carnage and cruelty—rendered with a feverish, otherworldly intensity by Klimov’s subjective camera work and expressionistic sound design. Nearly blocked from being made by Soviet censors, who took seven years to approve its script, Come and See is perhaps the most visceral, impossible-to-forget antiwar film ever made.

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The invasion of a village in Byelorussia by German forces sends young Florya into the forest to join the weary Resistance fighters, against his family's wishes. There he meets a girl, Glasha, who accompanies him back to his village. On returning home, Florya finds his family and fellow peasants massacred. His continued survival amidst the brutal debris of war becomes increasingly nightmarish, a battle between despair and hope.

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Theatrical Release: July 9th, 1985

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Review: Criterion - Region 'A' - Blu-ray

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Distribution Criterion - Spine #1035 - Region 'A' - Blu-ray
Runtime 2:23:18.715        
Video

1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,615,841,131 bytes

Feature: 35,806,365,696 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.48 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

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

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LPCM Audio Russian 1152 kbps 1.0 / 48 kHz / 1152 kbps / 24-bit

Subtitles English, None
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1.37:1 1080P Dual-layered Blu-ray

Disc Size: 47,615,841,131 bytes

Feature: 35,806,365,696 bytes

Video Bitrate: 29.48 Mbps

Codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video

 

Edition Details:

• New interview with cinematographer Roger Deakins (10:00)
New interview with director Elem Klimov’s brother and frequent collaborator German Klimov (26:40)
• Flaming Memory, a three-film documentary series from 1975–77 by filmmaker Viktor Dashuk featuring firsthand accounts of survivors of the genocide in Belorussia during World War II (Handful of Sand - 10:02, Mute Scream - 10:47 and Woman From the Killed Village - 10:35)
• Interview from 2001 with Elem Klimov (20:46)
• Interviews from 2001 with actor Alexei Kravchenko (13:07) and production designer Viktor Petrov (7:44)
• How “Come and See” Was Filmed, a 1985 short film about the making of the film featuring interviews with Elem Klimov, Kravchenko, and writer Ales Adamovich (10:25)
• Theatrical rerelease trailer (1:53)
• PLUS: Essays by critic Mark Le Fanu and poet Valzhyna Mort


Blu-ray Release Date:
June 30th, 2020
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ADDITION: Criterion Blu-ray (May 2020): Criterion have transferred Elem Klimov's eviscerating war expose Come and See to Blu-ray. It is cited as being from a "New 2K digital restoration by Mosfilm". Kudos to the cinematography of Aleksey Rodionov and art-direction of Viktor Petrov for creating a visual masterpiece. It looks exceptional in 1080P in the original 1.37:1 aspect ratio. This is on a dual-layered disc with a high bitrate. The striking centered composition is highly impacting in this HD presentation. In the finale there is stock footage - of both Hitler and Nazi atrocities, if you are squeamish.

There was a Korean DVD of Come and See that we reviewed in 2002, HERE.

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On their Blu-ray, Criterion use a linear PCM mono track (24-bit) in the original Russian language. The score is by Oleg Yanchenko also included are Wagner's Die Walküre and Tannhäuser, Mozart's Lacrimosa from Requiem, KV 626, Aleksandr Aleksandrov's The Sacred War, Johann Strauss Blue Danube among other classic pieces utilized in Come and See.  It sounds effective and impacting via the uncompressed. Criterion offer optional English subtitles on their Region 'A' Blu-ray.

The Criterion Blu-ray include a new 10-minute interview with cinematographer Roger Deakins shot in Los Angeles in February 2020. In it, he discusses the look of Come and See why he revisits it and films like Tarkovsky's Ivan's Childhood and Mirror. He laments on the lack of challenging films today... as well as the stunning compositions and split diopter shots in Come and See. It was wonderful to hear his thoughts on what he considers one of his favorite films. There is an 8-minute interview with production designer Viktor Petrov was recorded in 2001. In it, he discusses working with cinematographer Alexei Rodionov and the challenges of shooting on location. We also get a 13-minute interview with Alexei Kravchenko was recorded in 2001 where the actor discusses how he was cast as Flyora in Come and See and working with director Elem Klimov. Also from 2001 is a 21-minute interview with director Elem Klimov. He discusses the production of Come and See as well as his own experiences during World War II. There is a new revealing 27-minute interview, recorded by the Criterion Collection in Moscow in February 2020, with German Klimov who recounts the career of his brother, director Elem Klimov, and the production of Come and See. Belarusian writer and director Viktor Dashuk's five-part documentary series, Flaming Memory, recounts the horrors experienced by the Belarusian people during World War II, through firsthand accounts of survivors and newsreel footage. Presented here are three of the five films.; Handful of Sand, Mute Scream, and Woman From the Killed Village - each running just over 10-minutes. How “Come and See” Was Filmed, a 10-minute 1985 short film, features on-set footage from the production of Come and See as well as interviews with director Elem Klimov, writer Ales Adamovich, and actor Alexei Kravchenko. Lastly, is a re-release trailer and the package has liner notes with essays by critic Mark Le Fanu and poet Valzhyna Mort.

Elem Klimov's Come and See exports intense anger with both beautiful, and at times, incredibly harsh, imagery. It is often cited as being one of the most powerful films ever made. Certainly many scenes are unforgettable. Criterion couldn't have chosen a more deserving film to bring to Blu-ray. The high resolution image and uncompressed audio only make the presentation of Come and See even more impacting - heightening the sense. It makes an indelible impression on everyone who sees it. This complete package gets our absolute highest recommendation. Don't hesitate.

Gary Tooze

 


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