New Releases

Silence and Cry
(Csend és kiáltás)

A film by Miklós Jancsó
Hungary, 1968

“One of Jancsó’s masterpieces – perhaps even his best film of all – and totally unlike anything else in the cinema”
John Russell Taylord

An elliptical, claustrophobic drama shot in the brilliant, breathtaking long takes that are Jancsó’s trademark, Silence and Cry is set after the fall of the short-lived Hungarian Soviet Republic of 1919.

The final part of an epic unofficial trilogy, following The Round-Up and The Red and the White, Silence and Cry reveals the terrible impact of tyrannical power, politics and history.

Available on both region-free Blu-Ray and DVD formats, Silence and Cry is presented from the brand new HD transfer of the film by the Hungarian Digital Archive and Film Institute, supervised by the film’s cinematographer János Kende, with special features including Jancsó’s renowned documentary 'Jelenlét' trilogy of short films, and a booklet featuring a new essay by Tony Rayns.

Release Date: February 2018

Vampir Cuadecuc
A film by Pere Portabella
Spain, 1970

“Portabella’s ravishing 1970 underground masterpiece… offers witty reflections on the powerful monopolies of both dictators and commercial cinema” Jonathan Rosenbaum

Pere Portabella’s extraordinary Vampir Cuadecuc was filmed on the set of Jess Franco’s shocker El Conde Dracula (Count Dracula, 1970) starring Christopher Lee and the exquisite Soledad Miranda. This atmospheric and experimental ‘making of’ documentary transforms the myth of the vampire into a powerful metaphor for bloodthirsty fascism.

Dispensing almost entirely with dialogue, Portabella relies on an abstract, fabulously idiosyncratic soundscape created by renowned Catalan artist and musician Carles Santos for its unearthly effect. Banned after completion, Vampir Cuadecuc remains a provocative, subversive and surreal experience.

Presented from a new director-approved HD transfer and available on both region-free Blu-ray and DVD formats, our release includes a new and and exclusive interview with director Pere Portabella.

Release Date: September 2017

New Releases

The Cremator
(Spalovač mrtvol)

A film by Juraj Herz
Czechoslovakia, 1968

“The Cremator is an irresistibly septic meditation on death and the hideous lure of fascism. I've never seen a film display such morbid euphoria” Peter Strickland

Presented from new HD materials, Second Run presents a special Blu-ray edition of one of its most enduringly popular titles – Juraj Herz’s The Cremator.

This brilliantly chilling film, a unique mix of Psycho, Dr Strangelove and Repulsion, is set in Prague during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. It tells the story of Karl Kopfrkingl (Rudolf Hrušínský), a professional cremator, for whom the political climate allows free rein to his increasingly perverse and deranged impulses for the ‘salvation of the world’…

Presented from a new HD transfer this region-free Blu-ray special edition also includes Herz's rarely-seen 1965 debut short film The Junk Shop (Sběrné surovosti), a new audio commentary by Kat Ellinger and a filmed introduction by the Quay Brothers.

Release Date: December 2017

(Kladivo na čarodějnice)

A film by Otakar Vávra
Czechoslovakia, 1969

“Made with relentless precision, rhythm and logic… beautifully staged in CinemaScope with stylish photography by Josef Illík and a compelling score by Jiří Srnka” Peter Hames

Witchhammer transforms the horrific tale of a notorious 17th Century witch trial into a powerful allegory of life under totalitarian rule. In a small Czech village, an investigation into a simple superstition quickly becomes a full-blown Inquisition, unleashing a tide of hysteria and cruelty.

The script, co-written by Ester Krumbachová (Daisies, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders), draws on original court transcripts and forced confessions, revealing the malevolence of the Inquisitors who exorcise their own greed and lust through gruesome torture and execution.

Presented from a new HD transfer and available on both region-free Blu-ray and DVD formats, our release includes a new and and exclusive appreciation of the film by critic Kat Ellinger, and Otakar Vávra's experimental 1931 short film The Light Penetrates the Dark.

Release Date: October 2017

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