Forthcoming: Distant Journey

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Forthcoming: Distant Journey

#1 Post by criterionsnob » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:12 am

Coming to BD and DVD, according to the latest Second Run newsletter:
Also coming soon is Alfréd Radok's extraordinary Distant Journey (Daleká cesta). Set in the concentration camp and ghetto Terezín, this 1948 film, the first feature to tackle the subject of the Holocaust, is present from a brand-new 4K restoration that recently premiered at the 2020 Berlin Film Festival. A stark and harrowing warning from history, Distant Journey marks the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Terezín.

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Forthcoming: Distant Journey

#2 Post by Ribs » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:13 am

Revealed in this month’s newsletter.

Distant Journey
(Daleká cesta)
A film by Alfréd Radok


On Blu-ray and DVD May 2020



“Distant Journey is a masterpiece. [...] Like Orson Welles, Radok was a man of the theatre and his use of film form has a comparable audacity.”
Jim Hoberman, Village Voice


Made in 1948, just a few short years after the horrors it strives to process, Distant Journey is the first feature film to tackle the subject of the Holocaust, and was the debut film from the controversial avant-garde visionary of Czech theatre, Alfréd Radok.

Set in the Bohemian town of Terezín as the Nazi transports to German extermination camps began in earnest, Radok's vividly experimental film blends documentary footage with a fictional love story between a Jewish woman and her gentile husband. A mix of raw expressionist intensity and analysis, Distant Journey presents a harrowing account of the Nazi horrors of the recent past and remains a stark, ever-relevant warning from history.

Our region-free Blu-ray and DVD Special Edition features a new Projection Booth commentary featuring Mike White, Kat Ellinger and Samm Deighan; and also includes two extraordinary short films: Butterflies Don't Live Here (Motýli tady nežijí, 1958), Miro Bernat's documentary about the Terezín ghetto; and The Opening of the Wells (Otvírání studánek, 1960), Alfréd Radok’s acclaimed film comprising the words of poet Miloslav Bureš and set to Bohuslava Martinů's cantata of the same name; plus a booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jonathan Owen.

“As much a revelation to all of us as were the films of Věra Chytilová, Miloš Forman, or Jan Němec [all of whom were profoundly influenced by this] tragically premature and anachronistic work of art.”
Josef Škvorecký, A Personal History of Czech Cinema


See the Trailer here

Order the Blu-ray now at Amazon UK

Order the DVD now at Amazon UK

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Re: Distant Journey

#3 Post by Glowingwabbit » Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:19 am

Oh wow! That will mean every film except All My Countrymen from 1998 poll of greatest Czech films will have an English friendly blu-ray. Of course Second Run already put out All My Countrymen on DVD so they will all be on home video now.

Edit: The List for reference (only considered US/UK releases):

1. Marketa Lazarová (1967) - Criterion/R1
2. The Shop on Main Street (1965) - Second Run/Region Free
3. All My Countrymen (1968) - SR DVD only
4. The Firemen's Ball - Arrow/Region Free
5. Intimate Lighting (1965) - SR/Region Free
6. Distant Journey (1949) - SR/Region Free
7 (tie) Diamonds of the Night (1964) - SR/Region Free & Criterion/R1
7 (tie) Closely Watched Trains (1966) - Arrow/Region Free
8. The Cremator (1968) - SR/Region Free & Criterion/R1
9. A Case for a Rookie Hangman (1969) - SR/Region Free
10. The Ear (1970) - SR/Region Free
Last edited by Glowingwabbit on Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:18 pm, edited 2 times in total.

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Re: Forthcoming: Distant Journey

#4 Post by What A Disgrace » Thu Mar 26, 2020 12:49 pm

• Distant Journey (Daleká cesta,1949) presented from a brand new 4K restoration of the film from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive.
• All-new Projection Booth commentary with Mike White, Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
• The Opening of the Wells (Otvírání studánek, 1960): Alfréd Radok s acclaimed short film inspired by a poem of Miloslav Bure and set to Bohuslava Martin 's cantata of the same name.
• Butterflies Don't Live Here (Motýli tady ne ijí, 1958) - a documentary film by Miro Bernat about the Terezín ghetto.
• Trailer
• Booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and film historian Jonathan Owen
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• Region free Blu-ray
• Original soundtrack in 1.0 Mono / 2.0 Stereo LPCM (24-bit)

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Re: Distant Journey

#5 Post by MichaelB » Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:05 pm

Glowingwabbit wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:19 am
Oh wow! That will mean every film except All My Countrymen from 1998 poll of greatest Czech films will be available on blu-ray.
That's also available on Blu-ray, but I don't believe it has English subtitles.

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Re: Distant Journey

#6 Post by Glowingwabbit » Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:17 pm

MichaelB wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 1:05 pm
Glowingwabbit wrote:
Thu Mar 26, 2020 11:19 am
Oh wow! That will mean every film except All My Countrymen from 1998 poll of greatest Czech films will be available on blu-ray.
That's also available on Blu-ray, but I don't believe it has English subtitles.
Oh I didn't realize that. Thanks. I edited my post to say English friendly since I was really only looking at those but didn't specify. Hopefully Second Run will do an upgrade at some point.

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