What's most bizarre is that the Czechs themselves haven't released many of the Sixties classics - even though over two hundred Czech films are available on Czech labels with English subtitles.
I'm sure they'll come out eventually, but it's galling having to go for the sub-standard Facets option if you really can't wait (and in the case of Pearls of the Deep
I couldn't: I needed to watch it for a professional writing commission).
And in the case when Facets discs are paralleled with Czech releases of the same titles... well, as DVDBeaver put it
, "I don't think we need to say more than just observing what the screen captures can tell you."
I can excuse sub-par releases if the titles are so obscure and the likely market so tiny that there really isn't a financially realistic alternative. But Facets' worst releases are so poor as to be insulting - not only are the subtitles often woefully inadequate, but they're sometimes blatantly out of synch!
(disclaimer: this certainly isn't a blanket condemnation of all Facets releases, but the worst are as bad as any DVD I've encountered)
On the subject of Menzel, the vast majority of his films (including pretty much all the classics from Closely Watched Trains
to My Sweet Little Village
) are available in the Czech Republic on (usually) region-free PAL discs. Transfer quality is variable, to say the least, but never unwatchable - I've only reviewed My Sweet Little Village
to date, but I've watched most of the others, so let me know if you want capsule summaries.