Kino's hi-def releases of Strike and Battleship Potemkin still embody the ideological character and formal-intellectual rigor of Eisenstein's early films...but they've got a new box.
Too long stifled by its own masterpiece status, it's time to take Potemkin out of the lecture hall, out of the museum, and recognize it for the vital, alive piece of cinema it is.
Eisenstein orchestrates the film like a visual symphony, enhancing the movement of the action on-screen through the rhythm of the editing...
Mainly, though, Battleship Potemkin remains remarkable for the way it builds over a brisk 69 minutes, setting the pace for nearly every action movie made since.
| Original Score: A
Kino's 2-disc DVD edition (October 2007) of Eisenstein's 1925 masterpiece features the 2005 restoration, including missing shots, all 146 title cards, and Edmund Meisel's seminal score.
| Original Score: 4/5