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Haxan / Witchcraft Through the Ages

Spine #134

Oct 16, 2001

Number of Discs: 1

  • 1.33:1 Standard
  • English Stereo
  • English Dolby Digital 5.0 Surround
  • English subtitles

Haxan / Witchcraft Through the Ages

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Directed By: Benjamin Christensen
Starring: Benjamin Christensen
Licensor: Svensk Filmindustri

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Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen's legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the middle ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. But the film itself is far from serious--instead it's a witches' brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous. The Criterion Collection is proud to present two versions of this genre-defying "documentary," for the first time ever on DVD.

  • Includes both Haxan and Witchcraft Through the Ages
  • Music from the original Danish premiere, arranged by film music specialist Gillian Anderson and performed by the Czech Film Orchestra, presented in Dolby Digital 5.0
  • Commentary by Danish silent film scholar Casper Tybjerg
  • Benjamin Christensen's introduction to the 1941 re-release
  • A short selection of outtakes
  • Biblioth√ɬ®que Diabolique: a photographic exploration of Christensen's historical sources
  • Stills gallery


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