- Run Time: 1 hours, 21 minutes
- Video: Color
- Released: September 21, 2004
- Originally Released: 1984
- Label: Image Entertainment
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - Russian
Performers, Cast and Crew:
The son of a Novgorod governor, Vassily grows up a friend to the simple folk of the city and is kind to the poor; the wealthy merchants perceive him to be a threat, a force who could rally the masses. When the invasion of Novgorod by its enemy looks imminent, Vassily pledges to protect his country's independence, and the the fat rulers are pleased: the young man's march is a contract with death! They think there is no way for him to emerge from battle with an enemy such as this, but emerge he does, far greater than anyone could have hoped. He defeats his rivals and brings his expedition home safely, and even finds love along the way. This fantastic drama is based on the epic Russian poem of the same name by Sergei Narovchatov.
Description by Image Entertainment:
Based on the epic Russian poem, this fantastic spectacle portrays the tale of Russian hero Vassily Buslayev, who rose to defend the freedom and independence of his people. When the threat of enemy invasion looms over Novgorod, the people beg Vassily to defend their native land with heroic results beyond anyone's expectations.