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 an 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

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

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

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

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