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4 DVD SET: WAR AND PEACE (1968) *with switchable English and Spanish subtitles *

Lyudmila Savelyeva, Vyacheslav Tikhonov and Sergey Bondarchuk

WAR AND PEACE  (1968):

War and Peace (Russian: Voyna i mir) is a Soviet-produced film adaptation of the Leo Tolstoy's novel War and Peace.   Sergei Bondarchuk directed the film, co-wrote the screenplay and starred in the role of Pierre.  The film took 7 years to produce and cost over $100 million.  If inflation is taken into account, a film of this magnitude would cost over $700 million today, making War and Peace the most expensive film ever made. Pre-production started at Mosfilm in 1961, and filming commenced in 1963.  According to the Guinness Book of Records, the Battle of Borodino scene included 120,000 soldiers, making it one of the largest battle scenes ever filmed (comparable to the number of soldiers used to film Kolberg, which we also have in stock).  Many museums in the USSR contributed artifacts for the production design, making it one of the most elaborate films ever created.  War and Peace was one of the first films in the USSR to be shot and released in 70 mm.  The process was called Sovscope 70 in the USA and Europe, and was the Soviet version of Todd-AO, a large camera/presentation format with 6-channel stereophonic sound.  There are many hand held shots in the film, which are difficult to achieve with a 70 mm camera.  However, a special lightweight camera was devised for this film .  

Part 1 - "Andrei Bolkonsky"
Part 2 - "Natasha Rostova"
Part 3 - "1812"
Part 4 - "Pierre Bezukhov"
DVD-Rs ARE APPROX. 403 MINS. (6 hrs., 43 mins.)  VERY GOOD QUALITY.  In Russian with switchable English and Spanish subtitles.

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