Andrei Tarkovsky’s hypnotic sci-fi masterpiece, a visually astonishing journey…

The final Soviet feature by ANDREI TARKOVSKY (Solaris) is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic post-apocalyptic 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 rumoured to fulfil 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.

Special Features:

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • 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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studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
161 mins approx.
Director:
Andrei Tarkovsky
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Alisa Freyndlikh

Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy

Anatoliy Solonitsyn

Nikolay Grinko

Natalya Abramova

Faime Jurno
Subtitle Languages:

English

Theatrical Release Year:
1979
Main Language:
Russian
Number of Discs:
2
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

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Andrei Tarkovsky’s hypnotic sci-fi masterpiece, a visually astonishing journey…

The final Soviet feature by ANDREI TARKOVSKY (Solaris) is a metaphysical journey through an enigmatic post-apocalyptic 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 rumoured to fulfil 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.

Special Features:

  • New 2K digital restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • 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

Click Images to Enlarge

studio:
CRITERION COLLECTION
Run Time:
161 mins approx.
Director:
Andrei Tarkovsky
Certificate:
PG
Actor:
Alisa Freyndlikh

Aleksandr Kaydanovskiy

Anatoliy Solonitsyn

Nikolay Grinko

Natalya Abramova

Faime Jurno
Subtitle Languages:

English

Theatrical Release Year:
1979
Main Language:
Russian
Number of Discs:
2
Region:
B
Brand:
The Criterion Collection

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Buy now if you love films

The Criterion Collection is the best way to view any film, and Stalker is one of the greatest films ever made - there’s no reason not to buy immediately.

10/10

The best looking transfer of this film available.

Classy Criterion

A wonderful film. Haunting! Great cover art and booklet. The film looks great and so affected me I had to read the book it was based on, then a book analysing the film. I wish I'd seen this film earlier. Possibly the most thought provoking film I've ever seen. Slow but hypnotising!

Beautiful restoration of one of the best films of the 20th century

Stalker is my favourite film by the late Tarkovsky. Hypnotic, meditating and existential, it is both beautiful and haunting at the same time. I was therefore pleased to see this at a discount, justifying a replacement of my old DVD edition. The Blu-Ray restoration is stunning and brings new life to the some of the most iconic cinematography in film history. Being a Criterion, the film is also loaded with extras and wrapped in beautiful minimalistic cover art. A must-have for all auteur cinephiles out there.