Andrei Tarkovsky’s magisterial historical epic receives a definitive reissue from Criterion, boasting near-perfect A/V quality and a trove of extras.
It evinces a complex understanding of spirituality and faith that would inform all of Tarkovsky’s subsequent films.
Andrei Konchalovsky’s film is more than an exercise, as pitiless moments accumulate with enraged relentlessness.
Justin Kurzel’s Macbeth is most compelling when advancing its familiar plot through associative editing.
Now viewers can bask in the film’s ample visual delights with Criterion’s gorgeous new Blu-ray transfer.
Konchalovsky’s 260-minute totem to the Soviet spirit must have been rattling, a precursor of sorts to Elem Klimov’s Come and See (even Emir Kusturica’s Underground), prone to poetic abstraction and exuding a magical-realist’s reverence for history.