Come and See

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Directed by: Elem Klimov
A crowning achievement of 1980's Soviet cinema, Elem Klimov's Come And See is perhaps the ultimate WWII film. This savage and lyrical fever dream of death, rage and terror experienced through young eyes is a virtual primer for the subsequent, similarly psychedelic intensity of Terrence Malick's "The thin Red Line" and Spielberg's "Saving Private Ryan," Klimov's elegant, harrowing union of unflinching ferocity and dreamlike clarity moved "Empire of the Sun" author J.G. Ballard to declare Come And See the greatest war film ever made. Time Out New York agreed, saying "Come And See's nimble balance of the sordid with the elegiac makes Peckinpah's 'Cross of Iron' seem like 'Newsies.' When young Florya willingly joins a group of Partisans fighting the Nazis in Byelorussia, USSR, he little suspects that he is plunging through the looking glass. Separated from his comrades during a paratroop attack and struck deaf by German artillery, Florya - in the company of Glascha, a beguiling peasant girl - wanders a battle-scorched Russian purgatory of prehistoric forests and man-made slaughter. Florya's journey takes him and us through a gallery of exquisitely poetic imagery and brutal human atrocity. Unlike traditional war films, Come And See never stoops to convenient heroic catharsis or genre movie narrative symmetry. Images of a beautiful girl's impromptu dance in the rain and an SS unit's spontaneous, self-congratulatory applause at their own butchery haunt with equal power. More than any other war film, Come And See unites the powerful truths and inescapable dilemmas that lurk behind both the raptures of youth and the horrors of war.

Technical Specifications

Format: DVD
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
Audio: English 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround , French 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround , Russian 5.1 Dolby Digital Surround
Subtitles: English , French , Spanish
Region: 1/2/3/4/5/6
Discs: 2 Discs |  DVD-5/DVD-9


  • Interview with Elem Klimov
  • Interview with actor Aleksei Kravchenko
  • Interview with production designer Viktor Petrov
  • "Partisans in Belarus" (archive materials)
  • "Nazis' Brutalities" (archive materials)
  • Photo galleries

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