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 EDITION 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