To : Nostalghia.com
Date: 26 August 2002
It was a pleasure to learn how many people around the globe
appreciate Andrey Tarkovsky's art, and value his heritage. Thank
you for your attentive and critical review of our work. After
studying your remarks on our MIRROR DVD we have decided to include in
our future Tarkovsky's films DVD releases not only remastered
Dolby Digital 5.1 track, but also original mono one.
I need to mention that all our work was inspired by deep respect to
our great compatriot. For us Andrey Arsenyevich is alive. We all grew
up with his films, and a few of us have been lucky to meet with him in
person. By the way, our office is just a hundred meters away from his
sound restoration was supervised by Edward Artemyev, MIRROR composer.
He had a few remarks, and we made all the necessary changes, however
he didn't see anything wrong with the episodes you mention in
your review. We all realize that remastering mono to Dolby Digital
5.1 it's impossible to preserve exactly the same sound. This
supposes certain creativity, and we think Tarkovsky might have agreed
with the sound version contained on our disc. Moreover, we all know
he never stopped developing his views.
organ prelude, which is heard over the opening credits, stops exactly
at the same place as in the original phonogram we have worked with.
In other episodes you have mentioned the sound level might be a bit
higher than in the original, but we suppose it doesn't prevent
the viewer from comprehending the director's idea of the scene.
The sound track was scrupulously and carefully remastered
by a professional who loves Tarkovsky's films and knows every
frame of his pictures. I guess, he had the right to his own
understanding of every particular scene.
concerns the video in the episodes, which in your opinion should be
darker, we did everything to preserve the feeling of darkness not
loosing a singular detail. We think every detail, including
background, was very important.
shown our Tarkovsky's films DVDs to many people who closely knew
him and worked with him. These were his sister Marina, photography
director Yusov, composers Artemyev and Ovchinnikov, director Tsymbal,
production designer Safiulin, actors Natalia Bondarchuk and Yury
Nazarov. All of them appreciated and appraised our work and marked
the creative approach of all the RUSCICO team to producing DVD
versions of Tarkovsky's works.