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War and Peace

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Eight hour epic of war and peace

Shot over five years with a literal cast of thousands, Sergei Bondarchuk’s huge adap of Tolstoy’s door-stopper runs for nearly seven hours and fills four of the five discs in this Artificial Eye re-release. Free up time before watching it, if only to fully appreciate its opulent ball scenes, epic battle recreations and a burning of Moscow so authentic you can smell the ash.

Punishingly dull at times with reams of voiceover, it makes few concessions to casual viewers. But treat it with the respect it deserves and you’ll be amply rewarded.

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