New Releases

Journey to the Beginning of Time (Cesta do pravěku)
A film by Karel Zeman
Czechoslovakia, 1955

"Zeman is a name that deserves to be as well-known as Georges Méliès, Willis O’Brien, George Pal and Ray Harryhausen as one of cinemas master magicians." John Stevenson

Presented from a glorious new 4K restoration, Second Run are delighted to follow their hugely popular releases of The Fabulous Baron Munchausen and Invention for Destruction by the visionary Czech animator and filmmaker Karel Zeman, with his groundbreaking work of fantasy, Journey to the Beginning of Time.

Available on region-free Blu-ray and DVD editions, Journey to the Beginning of Time is a joyous adventure that celebrates science and nature, sendinh four schoolboys on an epic and perilous voyage through prehistory encountering mammoths, monsters and dinosaurs along the way. This film, the first to employ his trademark combination of live-action and animation, evokes worlds of wonder and discovery to produce his most beguiling and magical work.

Release Date: Oct 2019

A Blonde in Love
(Lásky jedné plavovlásky)
A film by Miloš Forman
Czechoslovakia, 1965

Blu-ray Special Edition

"If I had to pick just one film, it would be A Blonde in Love... It's funny and humane, warm and wise and quite delightful" Ken Loach

Available for the first time anywhere on Blu-ray, and presented from the stunning new 4K restoration which premiered at the 2019 Cannes Film Festival, A Blonde in Love is a subtle and beautifully observed social satire that deftly balances hope and despair, and is widely celebrated as one of the great films of the 1960s.

Our region-free Blu-ray Special Edition also features the second part of an archival film-by-film interview with Forman, an original Projection Booth commentary recorded especially for this release with Mike White, Samm Deighan and Kevin Heffernan, a 24-page booklet featuring an essay on the film by film historian Michael Brooke.. and more!

Release Date: July 2019

New Releases

The Ear
A film by Karel Kachyňa
Czechoslovakia, 1970

Blu-ray Special Edition

"A boldfaced, haunting satire in the vein of Juraj Herz’s wicked, legendary The Cremator, Karel Kachyňa’s Czech New Wave classic is as arresting as early Cassavetes and as paranoid as The Conversation" UCLA

In Karel Kachyňa’s darkly satirical political-noir, a high-ranking Communist official and his wife begin to suspect that their home has been put under surveillance by the Party. Over one night, the growing tension exposes a bitter fault-line in their relationship, feeding an atmosphere of paranoia and dread.

Our region-free, world premiere Blu-ray Special Edition also includes Vlastimil Venclík’s banned 1969 short The Uninvited Guest (Nezvaný host), an original Projection Booth commentary recorded especially for this release with Mike White, Ben Buckingham and Martin Kessler, a booklet featuring writing on the film by Peter Hames, Steven Schneider and Graham Williamson... and more!

Release Date: Aug 2019

A Case for a Rookie Hangman
(Případ pro začínajícího kata)
A film by Pavel Juráček
Czechoslovakia, 1969

“It stands with Věra Chytilová 's Daisies, Ivan Passer's Intimate Lighting, and Miloš Forman's The Firemen's Ball as one of the major achievements of the Czech New Wave”
Chicago Reader

Pavel Juráček's free-form and darkly surreal adaptation of Gulliver's Travels also channels Lewis Carroll and Franz Kafka to create one of Czechoslovak cinema's most audacious and disturbing works.

Our region-free Blu-ray and DVD editions also features a new 4K restoration of Juráček and Jan Schmidt’s renowned Josef Kilián (1963), two additional short films, a 24-page booklet featuring a new essay by film historian Michael Brooke.

Release Date: June 2019

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