|Anatoly Solonitsyn as Andrei Rublev. Screen cap from the Blu-Ray (but not my rip!!)|
Sound is also very impressive and the film's audiomix buzzes with subtle ambient details - birdsong, background voices etc, while the choral music sounds clear and robust. For English-speaking viewers, the English subtitles are perfectly sized and appear just above and below the bottom frame line, well placed and non-intrusive on the picture. For the most part all the dialogue is translated, some of the incidental dialogue by the Tartar invaders goes untranslated although I'm not entirely if the same case applies to the Criterion disc. The subtitle track has an American English bias - in one case a character say "Gee, I've lost my whip" and in another scenes someone refers to "those guys", but these instances are few and far between and I mention it only out of completeness.
|Rublev menu screen in Russian but easy to navigate|
Unlike the previous DVD from Russico, the menu is in Russian only but the menu defaults to the Start Film option when it opens up. The English subtitle track is the first subtitle option and I found it right away using the remote. I don't believe there are any extras on the disc but it hardly matters considering the excellent presentation.
Andrei Rublev Blu-Ray is available from some Russian e-stores, which have tricky non-English friendly ordering processes. I got my copy from ebay from a shop that specializes in Russian films. I received my copy within 10-14 working days and the disc arrived sealed, in a padded envelope. Highly recommended !