Rent Hard to Be a God (2013)

2.8 of 5 from 150 ratings
2h 50min
Rent Hard to Be a God (aka Trudno byt bogom) Online DVD & Blu-ray Rental
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Synopsis:
A group of scientists visits the distant planet Arkanar, and discovers a society still trapped in its own medieval era. Unable to interfere with the course of its history, they can only watch in mounting horror as all sparks of intelligent and independent thought are mercilessly snuffed out by Arkanar's cruel rulers. Will they remain enmired in their squalid existence for ever, or can the visitors subtly nudge the more open-minded in the right direction? Truly, it s hard to be a god.
Actors:
Gali Abaydulov, Yuriy Ashikhmin, , Valeriy Boltyshev, Aleksandr Chutko, , , , , Valeriy Guryanov, , Daniil Isakov, Aleksandr Kabanov, , Anatoliy Kondyubov, , , , Algimantas Maceina,
Directors:
Producers:
Viktor Izvekov, Leonid Yarmolnik
Writers:
Arkadiy Strugatskiy, Boris Strugatskiy, Aleksey German, Svetlana Karmalita
Aka:
Trudno byt bogom
Studio:
Arrow Films
Genres:
Sci-Fi & Fantasy
Countries:
Russia, Sci-Fi & Fantasy
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/09/2015
Run Time:
170 minutes
Languages:
Russian
Subtitles:
English
DVD Regions:
Region 2
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.78:1 / 16:9
Colour:
B & W
Bonus:
  • Introduction by co-screenwriter Svetlana Karmalita
  • Exclusive interview with Aleksei German Jr, who completed his father's film after his death
  • Theatrical Trailer
BBFC:
Release Date:
14/09/2015
Run Time:
177 minutes
Languages:
Russian
Subtitles:
English
Formats:
Pal
Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen 1.66:1
Colour:
B & W
BLU-RAY Regions:
(0) All
Bonus:
  • Introduction by co-screenwriter Svetlana Karmalita
  • Exclusive interview with Aleksei German Jr, who completed his father's film after his death
  • The History of the Arkanar Massacre, an appreciation of the film by Daniel Bird
  • The Unknown Genius: Michael Brooke looks at Aleksei German's creatively dazzling but politically troubled career
  • Extensive galleries of film and behind-the-scenes stills
  • Theatrical Trailer

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Reviews (5) of Hard to Be a God

Incomprehensible twaddle - Hard to Be a God review by RO

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09/02/2016

Impressive photography, atmospheric in black and white, but the single camera method gives a headache. I couldn't follow the story no matter how I tried. 2 hours of my life I wont get back.

1 out of 2 members found this review helpful.

Three hours of gore and filth, as wonderful as they sound - Hard to Be a God review by tr

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10/03/2018

Love it or hate it (and most - completely understanably - will probably hate it), this is a totally unique and wonderfully realised achievement. It's by turns amusing, bewildering, sickening and overwhelming. To me its uniqueness is part of its appeal, although admittedly I couldn't watch it in one sitting. Yes, it's revolting, but also brilliant in every way. Absolutely worth your time, if you consider yourself a lover of art films and have a reasonably strong stomach.

1 out of 1 members found this review helpful.

Mesmerisingly bonkers!! - Hard to Be a God review by TB

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15/10/2018

Without doubt the most completely bonkers film that I’ve ever seen. I haven’t got a clue what or why!! Couldn’t turn it off though as it was so bizarre it puts you in a trance.

No drugs needed!!

0 out of 0 members found this review helpful.

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