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Color of Pomegranates [Import]


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  • Actors: Sofiko Chiaureli, Melkon Alekyan, Vilen Galstyan, Giorgi Gegechkori, Spartak Bagashvili
  • Directors: Ron Holloway, Sergei Parajanov
  • Writers: Sergei Parajanov, Sayat Nova
  • Producers: Dorothea Moritz
  • Format: Color, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC, Import
  • Language: Armenian, English, Russian
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Mongrel Media
  • Release Date: Sept. 1 2004
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00005A05I


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By PARAJANOV.com on Dec 16 2003
Format: VHS Tape
1 of the Greatest Films Ever Made, "COLOR OF POMEGRANATE - SAYAT NOVA", appears on endless lists of Top 100 most important films of all time -- and is considered a masterpiece by filmmakers, film professors, film critics, film students, film historians and film legends such as Fellini, Godard and Antonioni. Therefore, the comments by incompetent reviewers, matter not!
Issue of animal cruelty is nonsense and only demonstrates the reviewer's illiteracy. Comprehensive review of Parajanov's COLOR OF POMEGRANATE (not plural "pomegranates"), including the quality of DVD, VHS, various prints, alternative versions and the importance of this cinematic jewel, will be published at [...] in 2004.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Marvin Bluth on April 13 2002
Format: DVD
I first saw this film on a PBS Show. It was incredible. I could not believe how beautiful, and poetic, it was.
Then I saw it in a revival theater here in Los Angeles, and again, I was overwhelmed at the power of this film.
Finally, my dream is realized, and I buy the DVD,,,,,
OMIGOD!
The people who did the transfer of this film to DVD, should be barred from ever working in any way again on any art project.
They have absolutely no clue, what they are doing.
The source of the DVD seemed to be an old print that was left in the sun for the last 25 years.
It is a travesty.
DO NOT BUY THIS DVD!
and I love the film.
DO NOT ENCOURAGE THESE PEOPLE, THEY MIGHT DO MORE HARM!
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The first images I saw in Pomegranates left me thinking, "there's no way the director can keep this up throughout the whole film!"
He can and he does.
The entire film is made up of nothing but poetic images. Acting is almost a non-issue; the only thing the actors in this movie have to worry about is keeping a straight face while staring straight ahead and not moving their heads. The images are often beautiful and striking in their artificiality, but this will no doubt prove to be overkill for many viewers... this is definitely not a film to buy blindly; I reccommend seeing it somewhere else first, like in a library. Personally, the images kept me interested. Each one seems to be an allegory for something real (the movie is, after all, designed to be an abstract representation of a poet's mind), but while some of the allegories are quite easy to figure out (ie. young Nova picking up a book in one scene, then in the next scene he's surrounded by hundreds of huge books, their pages flapping in the wind), others are very difficult. It would be very nice for me to have a special commentary feature on a dvd where somebody explains what each scene is supposed to represent.
The best way to see this movie is definetely on a big screen on the original 35mm film... the VHS version that I had (Director's Cut released by CONNOISSEUR VIDEO COLLECTION) simply SCREAMED to me for greater detail; Paradjanov doesn't always zoom in on important small details, and the picture quality on the VHS was like all VHSs a bit fuzzy. From what I heard, the Kino DVD isn't much better, so I don't really know what options there are.
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I'd like to point out that for one thing, we don't SEE the lamb get slaughtered; the knife is brought to its neck and then we see the hanging dead body of a lamb.
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By A Customer on March 3 2004
Format: DVD
This really is an absolutely extraordinary film, all the more so when one considers the conditions under which Sergei Paradjanov made it. While it is true to say that the pace of the film is slow and its plot inscrutable there is no denying the absolute genius and vision of its director. It is hard to compare this film to any other but for me I would quote what Stanley Kubrick once said when asked to explain the meaning of 2001: A Space Odyssey to a film critic - "Sometimes the truth of a thing is not so much in the think of it, but in the feel of it". This is how I would approach a film like The Color of Pomegranates for the first time, do not attempt to understand or extract meaning from it straight away but let the film's amazing visual dynamism sink into your sub-consciousness and marvel at the sheer audacity of the director's non-conventional approach to film making. It is such a terrible shame that this amazing artist (for Sergei Paradjanov was not just a film-maker) was harassed and imprisoned on false charges by the Soviet authorities for much of his adult life and denied the ability bring more of his unique visions to life but perhaps such hardships made him utilise his artistic gifts all the more when confronted by such oppression.
Anybody who enjoys this film should also seek out his other films that are widely available for viewing, namely Shadows of Our Forgotten Ancestors (1964), The Legend of Suram Fortress (1984) and Ashik Kerib (1988) for we are lucky to have these few masterpieces of his.
I have only viewed this film on Kino's DVD version so I cannot compare it with any other versions.
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Format: DVD
In my opinion the dvd is quite good, it is a miracle that Paradjanov's troubled masterpiece even survived. I agree that the video transfer could have been better but one must remember the bad conditions and problems the film went through. I disagree with the reviewer from Texas who is very negative himself/herself but claims that comments of paradjanov website are negative and I believe the website's point is most appropriate. As far as translation, I find nothing awkward with singular translation of "pomegranate" plus if Paradjanov intended it that way then why modify his title. This is one of my favorite films and I hope more people will see it.
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