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|Ruslan and Ludmila |
Genres: Action & Adventure, Indie & Art House, Kids & Family, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Based on a poem by the great Russian poet Alexander Pushkin, this beautiful fairy tale is the masterpiece of acclaimed fantasist Alexander Ptushko (Viy). In the midst of the wedding party of Prince Ruslan and Ludmila, the ... more »
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A treat for kids
Y. Boykov | Princeton, NJ United States | 08/21/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"This DVD presents an ambitious adaptation of a well-known fairy tale by Pushkin. (Note that this is a feature movie, not a production of a famous opera based on the same poem.) I would recommend this DVD for any family with kids (ages 5-12). Disney lovers should not be disappointed.The story quickly unfolds as a mighty sorcerer steals Lyudmila from Ruslan just a moment before they plunge into their wedding night bed (Pushkin's fantasy is amazing). Lyudmila's father, a king, is mad at Ruslan for he had not protected his beloved child and vowes to give Lyudmila's hand to anyone who finds and saves her. Ruslan and two rivals immediately depart for a long and treacherous jorney... All sorts of witches, enchanted forests, castles, knight fights, big battles, and anything else you wish for in a fairy tale. Ptushko (an experienced master of fairy-tales: "Sadko", "Stone Flower", "Viy", the first two won some prises at Cannes in 50s) directed "Ruslan and Lyudmila" in early 70's and achieved a very nice cinematic effect overall. Great costumes. Nice special effects (esp. given the age of the movie). I liked this fairy-tale movie a lot when I was a kid myself and I still enjoyed it when I recently watched this DVD with my kid. However, as an adult viewer I can add that the movie may look pretentious at times and the actors "overplay" a bit. (Remember that this movie is mainly for kids and don't expect treats like Marfushenka, Churikova, in "Morozko".) Violence in some battle scenes is somewhat grotesque,... which might (?) be acceptable for a fairy tale. The Russian dubbing tries to follow the lines/rhymes of Pushkin. In many places the original lines of the poem are altered to fit the movie script. These changes are not too bad, but it is still obvious that they were not made by Pushkin. I am not sure what happens with English, French, and other dubbings also present on this DVD. Anyways, subtitles are also available.The movie (sound and picture) is restored and the technical quality of this DVD is good. Interesting bonus materials are included. RUSCICO prepared this DVD for Image Enterteinment release in the US."
I love Russian fairy tale films!!!
Raymond Tucker | Zombie Swamp, NC USA | 09/11/2002
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I wish I could get everyone I know who's into really wild cinema a copy of this film!! Alexander Ptushko's truly deserves the reputation he has in Russia. You may have seen dubbed versions of his work on MST3K (The Day the Earth Froze, Magic Voyage of Sinbad) His work is brilliant and totally original, comparable with other fantasy filmakers of the 50s & 60s such as Karel Zeman in the Czech Republic, Inoshiro Honda in Japan or Ray Harryhausen in the US. At any rate this film (his last) is a fine introduction to his films. Expect lots of colorful characters, bizarre in camera effects (split screen, reverse camera) great color and more. Specifically you have giant talking heads, flying bearded midgets, magic crystaline ice caves and plenty more."
Two versions available, full-screen and wide-screen
Kenneth Walker | Virginia Beach, VA USA | 06/17/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Note that there are two versions of this restored film available from Amazon, full-screen and wide-screen, and that Amazon actually offers the film under THREE different listings. "Ruslan and Ludmila", the Ruscico release, is the full-screen version, with a stated running time of 149 minutes. "Ruslan and Ludmila (Not Opera) 2002" is listed as the wide-screen version, released by Image Entertainment (using Russico materials); the running time is not mentioned. "Ruslan and Ludmila (Widescreen)[2 discs]" is also listed as the same Image Entertainment wide-screen release. To further confuse matters, Amazon mistakenly shows the same DVD cover art for all three listings.
Note that some of the private sellers offering the "Ruslan and Ludmila (Not Opera) 2002" wide-screen version seem to be confused about the editions, selling just the full-screen version instead, which is incorrect. My advice is to contact the seller first, before ordering."
80% 5 stars -20% nothing
A. Grossman | Florence, Oregon USA | 07/04/2006
(3 out of 5 stars)
"This is a wonderful film up to the last 25 minutes when Director Ptushko goes nuts and brings in thousands of animals and extras and completely loses control of his film. The beauty and charm and gorgeous music give way to dozens of decapitations and impalings and other assorted gruesome deaths. Actually most of them are just funny. Three villains - one a major one - just disappear and are conveniently forgotten. See the first 100 minutes and you will probably be satisfied.
You should spend your money on Ptushko's far superior SCARLET SAILS, one of the most beautiful and romantic films ever made."