It's about time we classed up this joint!
In a story from DavisDVD, Sergei Eisenstein's 1925 film The Battleship Potemkin is coming to DVD in a new 2 disc set from Kino International on October 23.
Fans can expect a "definitive restoration of the film mastered in high definition and including all of Eisenstein's intertitles and original shots."
After the success of Strike (1924), Sergei Eisenstein was commissioned by the Soviet government to make a film commemorating the uprising of 1905. Eisenstein's scenario, boiled down from what was to have been a multipart epic of the occasion, focussed on the crew of the battleship Potemkin. Fed up with the extreme cruelties of their officers and their maggot-ridden meat rations, the sailors stage a violent mutiny. This, in turn, sparks an abortive citizens' revolt against the Czarist regime. The film's centerpiece is staged on the Odessa Steps, where in 1905 the Czar's Cossacks methodically shot down rioters and innocent bystanders alike.
To Eisenstein, this single bloody incident was the crucible of the successful 1917 Bolshevik revolution, and the result was the "Odessa Steps sequence," which is often considered the most famous sequence ever filmed. This triumph of Eisenstein's "rhythmic editing" technique occurs in the middle of film, not as the climax, as more current film structure might do it. All the actors in the film were amateurs, selected by Eisenstein because of their "rightness" as types for their roles. Pictorial quality varies from print to print, but even in a duped-down version, The Battleship Potemkin is must-see cinema.
- "The Making of Potemkin" Documentary
- Restoration Featurette
- Photo Gallery
- Collectible Booklet
- Audio: Dolby Digital 5.1
The Battleship Potemkin 2 disc DVD set will sell for $29.95.