Blu-ray Disc Features:
- Rated: Not Rated
- Run Time: 1 hours, 11 minutes
- Video: Black & White / Color
- Released: April 20, 2010
- Originally Released: 1925
- Label: Kino Video
- Encoding: Region 0 (Worldwide)
- Note: "Tracing the Battleship Potomkin" a 42-minute docuemtnary on the making and restoration of the film
- The restored film with newly-translated English intertitles
- The restored film with original Russian intertitles (and optional English subtitles)
- The original 1926 Edmund Meisel score, performed by the Deutsches Filmorchestra, presented in DTS-HD Master Audio Audio 5.1
- Photo galleries
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Premiere - 12/01/2003
"...A tour de force of fast-paced montage, unmatched in the silent era..."
Sight and Sound - 06/01/2010
"POTEMKIN is still frantic, robust, tantalising political film-making..."
Los Angeles Times - 03/18/2011
"[A] dazzling piece of virtuoso filmmaking....Packed with movement, incident and beauty, this is no fusty museum piece but a thrilling jolt of pure cinematic adrenaline."
Total Film - 06/01/2011
5 stars out of 5 -- "Eisenstein's masterpiece is still guaranteed to get the pulse racing."
This film classic about the 1905 Russian Revolution dramatizes the mutiny of the sailors of the Battleship Potemkin and the subsequent massacre of the innocent civilians who sympathized with them. The silent film features a musical soundtrack by Edmund Meisel. Eisenstein's innovative editing techniques in this masterpiece have influenced directors from mainstream Hollywood to the avant-garde.
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- In 1948 and 1958, an international critics poll selected POTEMKIN as the best film ever made.
- Although innocent citizens were killed in Odessa, the massacre depicted there never occurred.
- The film has been banned in many places throughout the world because of its content.
- The film is a distillation of what was originally intended as a multipart epic.
- The film was made to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Odessa uprising.
- Sergei Eisenstein is one of the most prestigious film directors and theorists in cinema history. He advocated the use of montage, in which editing communicates the meaning and emotion of a scene. The Odessa Steps sequence contains more than 1,300 shots to show an action that realistically would have taken only a few minutes; here it draws out the horror of the attack.
- The Odessa Steps sequence has been paid homage to dozens of times over the years, in everything from Brian De Palma's THE UNTOUCHABLES to Woody Allen's BANANAS to THE NAKED GUN films.