104 / BD 55 Desire & All My Good Countrymen

Discuss DVDs and Blu-rays released by Second Run and the films on them.
Message
Author
alacal2
not waving but frowning
Joined: Tue Dec 09, 2008 1:18 pm

Re: All My Good Countrymen

#26 Post by alacal2 » Thu Nov 26, 2015 5:54 am

What a revelation! Watched this last night and would echo all the positive comments above. Would urge members to buy this in the hope that it might encourage Second Run to release more of what appears to be an extensive filmography if Peter Hames's sleeve notes are anything to go by.

User avatar
Finch
Joined: Mon Jul 07, 2008 5:09 pm
Location: Edinburgh, UK

Re: All My Good Countrymen

#27 Post by Finch » Thu Nov 26, 2015 3:09 pm

It was another blind-buy from Second Run and I'm glad I took the plunge. Excellent film. If SR ever consider a Blu-Ray, I'd buy again.

User avatar
Bikey
Joined: Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:09 am

Re: All My Good Countrymen

#28 Post by Bikey » Wed Dec 23, 2015 7:22 am

Little White Lies magazines 'Best Home Entertainment Releases of 2015' names three Second Run titles in their Top 20: DRAGON'S RETURN at #13; PICTURES OF THE OLD WORLD at #9 and ALL MY GOOD COUNTRYMEN at #4!

User avatar
Bikey
Joined: Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:09 am

Re: All My Good Countrymen

#29 Post by Bikey » Sun Jan 17, 2016 4:31 pm

"A tremendous piece of cinema... stands mightily as an astonishing work of art even when isolated from its political context. The reality of modern film viewing is fluid. It's unattached to any such political movements and those viewers unaware or unwilling to fully immerse themselves in the necessary context shouldn't be punished. The truly excellent artistic endeavors always exist outside the boundaries in which they were created, and All My Good Countrymen is no different. The film is a miracle of narrative expression"
Clydefro Jones reviews Jasný's ALL MY GOOD COUNTRYMEN at The Digital Fix

User avatar
Bikey
Joined: Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:09 am

Re: All My Good Countrymen

#30 Post by Bikey » Tue Jan 19, 2016 6:29 am

Mondo Digital on ALL MY GOOD COUNTRYMEN thinks you should be
"astonished by Second Run's UK DVD, which comes from a recent 4K restoration of the film courtesy of the Czech National Film Archive. As you'd expect, it looks immaculate and pushes the limits of SD about as far as they can go."

User avatar
Bikey
Joined: Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:09 am

Re: All My Good Countrymen

#31 Post by Bikey » Mon Mar 07, 2016 7:04 am

"[Jasny] has a gift for creating stunning compositions... a deeply personal, stylized, and mythic cinematic elegy to a traditional way of life... Jasny’s pastoral idyll may be touched by sentimentality but it’s a magical work"
Leonard Quart at Cineaste reports on ALL MY GOOD COUNTRYMEN in the latest issue's 'Staff Recommendations'

Mixolydian
Joined: Fri Sep 14, 2018 5:44 am

Re: All My Good Countrymen

#32 Post by Mixolydian » Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:03 am

thirtyframesasecond wrote:
Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:45 pm
Oh damn, I've been desperate to see Cassandra Cat for years - have to see if I can make this!
Cassandra Cat (Až přijde kocour) is available with English subtitles on a very nicely produced DVD released by the Czech distributor Filmexport.

One source is Bontonland: https://www.bontonland.cz/az-prijde-kocour/

DO NOT buy the R1 double feature DVD that has Cassandra Cat and Carnival Story. It is TERRIBLE!!!

For some related extra-curricular fun, you can visit Telč, Czech Republic and see many of the locations used in the movie (e.g. parts of the square and the castle).

User avatar
thirtyframesasecond
Joined: Mon Apr 02, 2007 1:48 pm

Re: All My Good Countrymen

#33 Post by thirtyframesasecond » Mon Sep 24, 2018 3:01 pm

Mixolydian wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 6:03 am
thirtyframesasecond wrote:
Mon Nov 02, 2015 1:45 pm
Oh damn, I've been desperate to see Cassandra Cat for years - have to see if I can make this!
Cassandra Cat (Až přijde kocour) is available with English subtitles on a very nicely produced DVD released by the Czech distributor Filmexport.

One source is Bontonland: https://www.bontonland.cz/az-prijde-kocour/

DO NOT buy the R1 double feature DVD that has Cassandra Cat and Carnival Story. It is TERRIBLE!!!

For some related extra-curricular fun, you can visit Telč, Czech Republic and see many of the locations used in the movie (e.g. parts of the square and the castle).
Thanks - weirdly, I was in Brno a couple of years ago and bought this DVD from the Bontonland there :)

Glowingwabbit
Joined: Wed May 01, 2013 1:27 pm

Re: 104 All My Good Countrymen

#34 Post by Glowingwabbit » Mon Jul 22, 2019 11:13 pm

What are the chances this ever gets blu upgrade? I know the DVD came out right before SR started doing blu and the DVD already has the 4K restoration.

User avatar
What A Disgrace
Joined: Sun Nov 07, 2004 10:34 pm
Contact:

Forthcoming: Desire (Touha)

#35 Post by What A Disgrace » Fri May 20, 2022 10:02 am

An early film by Vojtech Jasný is one of Second Run's forthcoming releases.

User avatar
ryannichols7
Joined: Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:26 pm

Re: Forthcoming: Desire (Touha)

#36 Post by ryannichols7 » Fri May 20, 2022 10:16 pm

only 80 viewers on Letterboxd, this seems very little seen. maybe MichaelB or someone else qualified can speak to how hard this one was to track down.

I'd have to imagine Jasný's other films (All My Good Countrymen!) will be forthcoming too.

User avatar
sinemadelisikiz
Joined: Sun Oct 31, 2010 4:36 pm
Location: CA

Re: Forthcoming: Desire (Touha)

#37 Post by sinemadelisikiz » Sat May 21, 2022 12:17 am

There was a Czech DVD of this with English subtitles from over a decade ago. I remember it having a lot of pastoral beauty, but the details are foggy. So it's available, but there's definitely room for improvement!

As far as Jasný goes, I'd be most excited for an upgrade of When the Cat Comes (aka Cassandra Cat) which is a lovely technicolor fairy tale. I adore it immensely.


User avatar
MichaelB
Joined: Fri Aug 11, 2006 6:20 pm
Location: Worthing
Contact:

Re: 104 All My Good Countrymen

#39 Post by MichaelB » Thu Jun 23, 2022 2:49 pm

Oh, that's fabulous news. I kept meaning to import the Czech BD and add the subtitles from the Second Run DVD, but now I won't have to.

User avatar
ryannichols7
Joined: Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:26 pm

Re: 104 All My Good Countrymen

#40 Post by ryannichols7 » Thu Jun 23, 2022 3:23 pm

I knew this was coming (I specifically emailed them and asked) and glad to not only see it confirmed, but as a dual release! would love to see more of this model with say, Vlacil or some other directors

this already was a 4K restoration on DVD, it should look stunning

User avatar
What A Disgrace
Joined: Sun Nov 07, 2004 10:34 pm
Contact:

Re: 104 All My Good Countrymen

#41 Post by What A Disgrace » Fri Jun 24, 2022 12:36 am

The only way this news could be better is if The Cassandra Cat were a supplement, but that seems more than a little far fetched!

Still waiting on that Paulo Rocha double feature.

User avatar
What A Disgrace
Joined: Sun Nov 07, 2004 10:34 pm
Contact:

Re: 104 All My Good Countrymen

#42 Post by What A Disgrace » Sun Jun 26, 2022 6:29 pm

• Two-disc Blu-ray Special Edition.
• Desire presented from a new HD transfer by the Czech National Film Archive.
• All My Good Countrymen presented from an HD transfer of the new 4K restoration by the Czech National Film Archive.
• Vojtěch Jasný introduces All My Good Countrymen (2015).
• It's Not Always Cloudy (Není stále zamračeno, 1949): Jasný’s rediscovered feature-length semi-documentary graduation film,
co-directed by Karel Kachyňa.
• Bohemian Rhapsody (Česká rapsodie, 1969) : Jasný’s acclaimed short film.
• Interview with Vojtěch Jasný (1988): an archival interview with the celebrated filmmaker made for the Channel 4 television
series The Other Europe.
• An interview with actor Drahomíra Hofmanová (2015).
• Peter Hames on Vojtěch Jasný (2015).
• A Projection Booth audio commentary on All My Good Countrymen with Mike White, Spencer Parsons and Chris Stachiw.
• Booklet featuring an expansive new essay on Jasný and the films by author Peter Hames.
• New and improved English subtitle translations.
• Reversible sleeve.
• World premieres on Blu-ray.
• Region Free (A/B/C) Blu-rays.

User avatar
ryannichols7
Joined: Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:26 pm

Re: 104 All My Good Countrymen

#43 Post by ryannichols7 » Sun Jun 26, 2022 6:52 pm

silliest complaint ever but it kills me when there is a reversible sleeve and both covers are truly excellent. might have to ask second run to purchase two cases

Image

Image
What A Disgrace wrote:
Fri Jun 24, 2022 12:36 am
The only way this news could be better is if The Cassandra Cat were a supplement, but that seems more than a little far fetched!

Still waiting on that Paulo Rocha double feature.
while on the cover art tip - I hope Cassandra Cat gets it's own spine (likely at this point) and gets it's own fantastic cover art!

User avatar
What A Disgrace
Joined: Sun Nov 07, 2004 10:34 pm
Contact:

Re: 104 / BD 55 Desire & All My Good Countrymen

#44 Post by What A Disgrace » Sun Jun 26, 2022 8:45 pm

It HAS received a restoration recently, I would be surprised if Second Run passed on it.

User avatar
ryannichols7
Joined: Mon Jul 16, 2012 2:26 pm

Re: 104 / BD 55 Desire & All My Good Countrymen

#45 Post by ryannichols7 » Sun Jun 26, 2022 10:27 pm

there's no way they would've, hopefully we get it sooner rather than later. I'm actually surprised they didn't go for a Jasný box of three like the Hungarian Masters box. makes me wonder what they have up their sleeve for a holiday release*, as that would've fit the bill

(*-possibly a box of the new Jancsó restorations for the UK?)

User avatar
ianthemovie
Joined: Sat Apr 18, 2009 10:51 am
Location: Boston, MA
Contact:

Re: 104 / BD 55 Desire & All My Good Countrymen

#46 Post by ianthemovie » Mon Jun 27, 2022 9:22 am

Echoing the enthusiasm for a release of The Cassandra Cat, which I haven't seen but which looks delightful.

Has there been any recent evidence to point to a release of Kachyna's Little Mermaid, by the way? I know Second Run retweeted something about it a while back. Hopefully we'll see both of these come out at some point.

User avatar
What A Disgrace
Joined: Sun Nov 07, 2004 10:34 pm
Contact:

Re: 104 / BD 55 Desire & All My Good Countrymen

#47 Post by What A Disgrace » Mon Jun 27, 2022 1:10 pm

I'd love to see a boxed set of Czech fantasy/comedy/children's films. There's certainly enough to go around, and at least one major director who specialized in genre films (Oldrich Lipsky) whom Second Run hasn't touched upon at all.

User avatar
Bikey
Joined: Wed Aug 17, 2005 4:09 am

Re: 104 / BD 55 Desire & All My Good Countrymen

#48 Post by Bikey » Sat Jul 23, 2022 9:04 am

Pre-order at Amazon UK

User avatar
MichaelB
Joined: Fri Aug 11, 2006 6:20 pm
Location: Worthing
Contact:

Re: 104 All My Good Countrymen

#49 Post by MichaelB » Fri Aug 05, 2022 9:00 am

What A Disgrace wrote:
Fri Jun 24, 2022 12:36 am
The only way this news could be better is if The Cassandra Cat were a supplement, but that seems more than a little far fetched!
...and it wouldn't fit the overall theme, which is to trace Vojtěch Jasný's Dovzhenko-like facility with the poetic potential of rural landscape across multiple films made over a nearly two-decade period.

Because despite what the cover says, this disc actually has four films by Jasný, three of them feature-length (the exception is the short Bohemian Rhapsody, which was on the earlier DVD but is upgraded to HD here), and I was especially grateful for Second Run's generosity in including Jasný and Kachyňa's joint debut, the 68-minute documentary It's Always Cloudy Here, because despite having to cleave to the then compulsory tenets of Socialist Realism (it's about a farm administrator's often lonely struggle to improve productivity in a remote farming village) it's clear that Jasný's ecstatic eye for landscape was fully developed even then.

This disc would be worth buying even if it only included a barebones presentation of All My Good Countrymen, but it's absolutely stacked - and firmly establishes Jasný as being every bit as good as his near-contemporary František Vláčil, whose work was similarly ignored for decades on account of not being "Czechoslovak New Wave" enough. But the New Wavers themselves knew how good Jasný and Vláčil were - not least because Desire and Vláčil's The White Dove were two of the earliest harbingers of the creative explosion that would follow over the next decade.

User avatar
swo17
Bloodthirsty Butcher
Joined: Tue Apr 15, 2008 10:25 am
Location: SLC, UT

Re: 104 / BD 55 Desire & All My Good Countrymen

#50 Post by swo17 » Fri Aug 05, 2022 9:18 am

That joint debut was already featured on Coach to Vienna, though it certainly fits here as well

Post Reply