New Releases

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders
(Valerie a týden divů)
A film by Jaromil Jireš
Czechoslovakia, 1970

Blu-ray Special Edition

"It's best to strap yourself in and allow a dizzying melange of visual and sonic flights of fancy to just wash over... It's powered by pure sensory overload"
David Jenkins, Little White Lies

Valerie and Her Week of Wonders is a potent mix of fairy tale, horror and surrealism, drawing the audience into the fantastical world inhabited by a young girl on the threshold of adulthood. Haunting and poetic, Jireš' enduring and influential film casts a powerful spell and has become a cult classic.

Available on region-free Blu-ray from a new HD transfer, our edition also contains three remarkable short films by Jaromil Jireš, two audio commentaries... and more!

Release Date: Jan 2020

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, sending 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

New Releases

The Emperor's Naked Army
Marches On

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

"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

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, and a booklet featuring writing on the film by Peter Hames, Steven Schneider and Graham Williamson.

Release Date: Aug 2019

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