The Russian Revolution in Colour (2004)

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Released 18-Sep-2013

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Details At A Glance

General Extras
Category Documentary None
Rating Rated M
Year Of Production 2004
Running Time 94
RSDL / Flipper No/No Cast & Crew
Start Up Menu
Region Coding 4 Directed By None Given

Shock Entertainment
Starring None Given
Case Amaray-Transparent-Dual
RPI $24.95 Music None Given

Video Audio
Pan & Scan/Full Frame None English Linear PCM 96/24 2.0
Widescreen Aspect Ratio 1.78:1
16x9 Enhancement
16x9 Enhanced
Video Format 576i (PAL)
Original Aspect Ratio 1.78:1 Miscellaneous
Jacket Pictures No
Subtitles None Smoking No
Annoying Product Placement No
Action In or After Credits No

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Plot Synopsis

     This 2 DVD set chronicles the events in Russia from early 1917 through the Russian Civil War and the commencement of full communist rule. It uses mostly reconstruction combined with some colourised archival footage from the time to throw light onto the events in question. There are also some small interview segments with various historians and academics. The focus is on the role of the Kronstadt Naval base and their support for the Bolsheviks. This two episode documentary was made for Channel 5 in the UK,

     On the positive side, these two episodes do give a good high level run down of the events which took place and provide some interesting footage from the time. It would be a useful introduction for someone with little or no knowledge of the sequence of events. However, for any serious student of these events there is little insight or analysis here and events are glossed over or in some cases not mentioned at all. The process which got Russia to a communist state was a complex one and started long before this documentary kicks off. Additionally, this presentation in total only runs for 90 minutes or so, which means that spreading it across two discs is unnecessary. There seems to be no reason for this. There are no extras to take up space so the need for 2 discs is unexplainable from my perspective.

     Worthwhile for students starting their look at the Russian Revolution but probably too light for anyone with a keen interest in the period.

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Transfer Quality


     The video quality does its job.

     The episodes are presented in a 1.78:1 aspect ratio which is the original aspect ratio. It is 16x9 enhanced.

     The picture was nicely clear and sharp throughout although the archival footage was expectedly of lesser quality.

     The colour is fine.

    There was a little grain at times.

     There are no subtitles.

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    The audio quality is fine.

    The discs contain an English soundtrack in PCM 2.0.

    Dialogue was clear and easy to understand throughout.

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Audio Sync
Surround Channel Use


    No extras are included.


    The menu featured music and allowed for playing the episode only.

R4 vs R1

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    This specific release in not available in Region 1 and is available in Region 2 in the same format.


    A light documentary series on the Russian Revolution which serves as a timeline with colourised original footage combined with reconstruction.

Ratings (out of 5)


© Daniel Bruce (Do you need a bio break?)
Monday, November 04, 2013
Review Equipment
DVDSONY BDP-S760 Blu-ray, using HDMI output
DisplaySharp LC52LE820X Quattron 52" Full HD LED-LCD TV . Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum. This display device is 16x9 capable. This display device has a maximum native resolution of 1080p.
Audio DecoderBuilt into amplifier. Calibrated with Ultimate DVD Platinum.
AmplificationMarantz SR5005
SpeakersMonitor Audio Bronze 2 (Front), Bronze Centre & Bronze FX (Rears) + Sony SAW2500M Subwoofer

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