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New Releases

Coach to Vienna
(Kočár do Vídně)
A film by Karel Kachyňa
Czechoslovakia, 1966

Blu-ray Special Edition

“A road movie unlike any other... an absolutely devastating indictment of the Czech nation after the Second World War... it may be one of the best and most important works of art the country has ever produced” Celluloid Paradiso

Karel Kachyňa’s long-supressed, powerful and often harrowing film is a fearless moral examination of the complexities of war, and explores the fine line between justice and vengeance.

Presented from a glorious new 4K restoration, our world premiere Blu-ray edition also includes Kachyňa’s rediscovered 1949 graduation film, It's Not Always Cloudy (Není stále zamračeno), a feature-length, semi-documentary co-directed by Vojtěch Jasný; plus a new Projection Booth audio commentary... and more.

Release Date: March 2022

The Party and the Guests
(O slavnosti a hostech)
A film by Jan Němec
Czechoslovakia, 1966

Blu-ray Special Edition

“A beautifully weighted absurdist allegory about conformity and the mechanics of totalitarianism which sounds echoes of Kafka, Ionesco, Buñuel and Havel”
Kieron Corless, Sight & Sound

Němec’s surreal and sinister fable was considered one of the most politically dangerous films of its era. Made during the short flowering of the Czechoslovak New Wave in the 1960s, it was subsequently ‘banned forever’ by the authorities.

Our world premiere Blu-ray of The Party and the Guests presents the film in a new 4K restoration. The edition also contains Jiří Trnka's renowned animated short film The Hand (1965), another surreal and savage indictment of totalitarianism (again banned by Czech authorities).

Release Date: January 2022

New Releases

The Devil's Trap
(Ďáblova past)
A film by František Vláčil
Czechoslovakia, 1961

Blu-ray Special Edition

“From its magnificent opening shot to its breathtaking climax, this gripping account of free will at odds with religious dogma ranks among Vláčil’s finest work”
Film Society of Lincoln Center

The first film in Vlácil’s trilogy of visionary historical epics, The Devil’s Trap prefigures his legendary masterpiece Marketa Lazarová. With atmospheric imagery and evocative use of sound, the film depicts a cruel but credible world torn between superstition and science.

Our world premiere Blu-ray presents the film in a new HD transfer. The edition also contains cinematographer František Uldrich’s documentary portrait of Vláčil, In the Web of Time (1989) and the 1962 short film The Week Starts on Friday by Elmar Kloss.

Release Date: February 2022

Hungarian Masters
Three films by Zoltán Fábri, István Gaál
and Miklós Jancsó

Hungary, 1955-1970

Limited Edition 3-disc Blu-ray Box Set

“All three films have been restored by the Hungarian National Film Archive and look splendid here.”
Michael Brooke, Sight & Sound

Second Run presents a selection of essential works by three of Hungarian cinema's most renowned filmmakers. A special limited edition box set contains these celebrated films from stunning new 4K restorations and released for the first time ever on Blu-ray.

The set includes Zoltán Fábri’s Merry-Go-Round (Körhinta, 1955); István Gaál’s Current (Sodrásban, 1963) and Miklós Jancsó’s Agnus Dei (Égi bárány, 1970). Each film is accompanied with essential extras and individual booklets with new writing on all three films.

Release Date: December 2021

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