Criterion Press Release: MARKETA LAZAROVÁ (DVD)

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    MARKETA LAZAROVÁ – Blu-Ray & DVD Editions
    In its home country, František Vlácil’s Marketa Lazarová has been hailed as the greatest Czech film ever made; for many U.S. viewers, it will be a revelation. Based on a novel by Vladislav Vancura, this stirring and poetic depiction of a feud between two rival medieval clans is a fierce, epic, and meticulously designed evocation of the clashes between Christianity and paganism, humankind and nature, love and violence. Vlácil’s approach was to re-create the textures and mentalities of a long-ago way of life, rather than to make a conventional historical drama, and the result is dazzling. With its inventive widescreen cinematography, editing, and sound design, Marketa Lazarová is an experimental action film.

    1967 • 159 minutes • Black & White • Monaural • In Czech and German with English subtitles • 2.35:1 aspect ratio

    • New high-definition digital film restoration, with uncompressed monaural soundtrack on the Blu-ray edition
    • New interviews with actors Magda Vášáryová, Ivan Palúch, and Vlastimil Harapes and costume designer Theodor Pištek
    • New interviews with film historian Peter Hames and journalist and critic Antonín Liehm
    • New English subtitle translation
    • PLUS: A booklet featuring new essays by film scholar Tom Gunning and author and translator Alex Zucker and a 1969 interview with Vlácil by Liehm
    • More!

    TITLE: Marketa Lazarová (2-DVD EDITION)
    CAT. NO: CC2274D
    UPC: 7-15515-10721-1
    ISBN: 978-1-60465-737-1
    SRP: $29.95
    PREBOOK: 5/21/13
    STREET: 6/18/13

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