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New Releases

CzechMate
In Search of Jiří Menzel
A film by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur
India, 2018

Blu-ray 2-disc Special Edition

“I think it’s one of the greatest and most fascinating film docs I’ve ever, ever seen. Breathtaking, really.” Alexander Payne

Epic, expansive, affectionate and deeply passionate, CzechMate – In Search of Jiří Menzel is an extraordinary documentary film, a labour of love by filmmaker Shivendra Singh Dungarpur. Its depth and scale are unparalleled in the study of the Czech and Slovak cinema.

Our world premiere, region-free, director-approved 2-disc Blu-ray Special Edition features the full and complete version of Shivendra Singh Dungarpur's remarkable documentary, and also includes two new HD presentations of Jiří Menzel’s acclaimed but rarely seen short films Prefabricated Houses and Our Dear Mister Foerster Died - plus a 24 page booklet featuring writing by Shivendra Singh Dungarpur and extracts from the director’s personal shooting-diaries.

Release Date: July 2020

Distant Journey
(Daleká cesta)

A film by Alfréd Radok
Czechoslovakia, 1948

Blu-ray and DVD Special Editions

"The most brilliant, the most horrifying film
on the Nazis' persecution of the Jews this reviewer has yet seen"

Bosley Crowther, New York Times

Set in the Terezín ghetto as deportations to Nazi extermination camps escalate, Distant Journey is the powerful debut film of Czech avant-garde theatre director, Alfréd Radok.

With striking, expressionist imagery, and made just a few years after the Second World War, Distant Journey was one of the first feature films to address the Holocaust, and remains a stark, still-relevant warning from history.

Presented from a stunning new 4K restoration, our region-free Blu-ray and DVD editions also feature Radok's celebrated short film The Opening of the Wells, and Butterflies Don't Live Here, a documentary film by Miro Bernat about the children of the Terezín ghetto - plus a new Projection Booth commentary by Mike White, Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan, and a booklet featuring new writing by film historian Jonathan Owen.

Release Date: May 2020

New Releases

The Emperor's Naked Army
Marches On

(Yuki Yukite, Shingun)
A film by Kazuo Hara
Japan, 1987

Blu-ray and DVD Special Editions

"Here was one of the weirdest, most dramatic stories ever. And the movie itself? What can I say? It’s on my list of the 10 best movies ever" Errol Morris

Kazuo Hara’s infamous and audacious documentary forces us to face the disturbing realities of war and, crucially, to question the complicity between filmmaker, subject and audience.

Available on region-free Blu-ray and DVD editions, The Emperor's Naked Army Marches On is extraordinarily powerful and often harrowing documentary which follows Kenzo Okuzaki, an ageing Japanese WW2 veteran, on a mission to uncover the truth about atrocities committed as the war in the Pacific reached its bloody end.

Release Date: Nov 2019

Curling
A film by Denis Côté
Canada, 2010

Blu-ray Special Edition

"[A] minimalist stunner...we're not just witnessing the most accomplished work of a new Canadian auteur, but of a new Canadian master." Toronto Star

Curling is acclaimed filmmaker Denis Côté's enigmatic 2010 feature making its world premiere on Blu-ray. Unsettling, sparse and darkly humorous, the film is a meditation on isolation and the universal need for human connection - something more relevant than ever at the moment.

Available on region-free Blu-ray from a new director-approved HD transfer, our edition also features a new filmed interview with Denis Côté, his short film May We Sleep Soundly and more.

Release Date: April 2020

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