Come and See (1985) Criterion Blu-ray: The greatest war film

The Criterion Collection has announced the release of Director Elem Klimov’s powerful masterpiece, Come and See (1985) on a new 2K restoration Blu-ray. Stars Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova

This widely acclaimed film from Soviet director Elem Klimov is a stunning, senses-shattering plunge into the dehumanizing horrors of war.

As Nazi forces encroach on his small village in present-day Belarus, teenage Flyora (Aleksei Kravchenko, in one of the screen’s most searing depictions of anguish since Renée Falconetti’s Joan of Arc) 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 camerawork and expressionistic sound design.

Nearly suppressed by Soviet censors who took eight years to approve its script, Come and See is perhaps the most visceral, impossible-to-forget antiwar film ever made.

Release date: June 30, 2020
Genre: Drama / War

Disc and film details

  • Director: Elem Klimov
  • Cast: Aleksey Kravchenko, Olga Mironova, Liubomiras Laucevicius 
  • Country: Soviet Union
  • Production Year: 1985
  • Discs: 1 Blu-ray Disc
  • Region: A
  • Run Time: 143 min
  • Formats: Color / 2K / 1.37:1
  • Audio: Russian
  • Subtitle: English
  • AKA: Idi i smotri; Иди и смотри
  • Studio: Criterion Collection

Special features

  • NEW 2K RESTORATION BY MOSFILM, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack
  • New interview with cinematographer Roger Deakins
  • New interview with director Elem Klimov’s brother and frequent collaborator German Klimov
  • 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
  • Interview from 2001 with Elem Klimov
  • Interviews from 2001 with actor Alexei Kravchenko and production designer Viktor Petrov
  • 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
  • Theatrical rerelease trailer
  • New English subtitle translation
  • PLUS: Essays by critic Mark Le Fanu and poet Valzhyna Mort

Come and See (1985) trailer

Notice: The picture quality of these videos do not reflect the picture quality of the Blu-ray or DVD in this package.

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