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Hard to Be a God Hard to Be a God

Dir. Aleksey German Dir. Aleksey German
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Aleksey German directs this Russian-language sci-fi drama following the journey of a group of scientists who have been selected to travel to another planet. The planet Arkanar is similar to Earth but its civilisation hasn't progressed beyond their version of medieval feudalism and is a place built on violent acts and cruelty. The job of the scientists is not to interfere with the planet's natural course but to protect a few select individuals, who have the abilities to change the planet for good, from harm. Aleksey German directs this Russian-language sci-fi drama following the journey of a group of scientists who have been selected to travel to another planet. The planet Arkanar is similar to Earth but its civilisation hasn't progressed beyond their version of medieval feudalism and is a place built on violent acts and cruelty. The job of the scientists is not to interfere with the planet's natural course but to protect a few select individuals, who have the abilities to change the planet for good, from harm.

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A group of scientists visits the distant planet Arkanar, and discovers a society still trapped in its own medieval era. Unable to interfere with the course of its history, they can only watch in mounting horror as all sparks of intelligent and independent thought are mercilessly snuffed out by Arkanar s cruel rulers. Will they remain enmired in their squalid existence for ever, or can the visitors subtly nudge the more open-minded in the right direction? Truly, it s hard to be a god.

Legendary Russian sci-fi authors Arkady and Boris Strugatsky (whose Roadside Picnic was filmed as Stalker by Andrei Tarkovsky) wrote the source novel, and adapting it was director Aleksei German s dream project for decades. It would take six years of shooting, a further six of post-production and a posthumous premiere before his masterpiece was finally unveiled.

But masterpiece it is: a visually astonishing, almost tactile recreation of an unnervingly recognisable alternative universe, drenched in blood, mud and the tears of the oppressed.

SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS:

High Definition (1080p) presentation

Original Russian soundtrack

Optional English subtitles

Exclusive interview with Aleksei German Jr, who completed his father s film after his death

Interview with co-screenwriter Svetlana Karmalita, the director's widow

The History of the Arkanar Massacre, an appreciation of the film by Daniel Bird

The Unknown Genius: Michael Brooke looks at Aleksei German s creatively dazzling but politically hobbled career

Imagery gallery

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SKU 5027035013138
Catalogue Number FCD1145
Director Aleksey German
Format Blu-Ray
Publisher(s) Arrow Academy
Sound Dolby Digital 5.1
Subtitles English
Language(s) Russian
Running time 177 mins
Blu-ray region B
Certificate 18

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