Presented from new HD materials, Second Run presents a special Blu-ray edition of one of its most enduringly popular titles Juraj Herz s The Cremator.
The Cremator has been described in many ways as surrealist-inspired horror film, as an expressionistic political allegory, a pitch-black comic satire and as a dark and disturbing tale of terror.
This brilliantly chilling film, a unique mix of Psycho, Dr Strangelove and Repulsion, is set in Prague during the Nazi occupation of Czechoslovakia. It tells the story of one Karl Kopfrkingl (Rudolf Hru ínský), a professional cremator, for whom the political climate allows free rein to his increasingly perverse and deranged impulses for the salvation of the world.
Now more chillingly prescient than ever, The Cremator also contains another of master-composer Zden k Li ka s brilliantly inventive film scores.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
The Cremator (Spalova mrtvol, 1968) presented from a new HD transfer from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive
Filmed introduction by the Quay Brothers
Audio Commentary by writer and film historian Kat Ellinger
Juraj Herz s short film The Junk Shop (Sb rné surovosti, 1965)
The Projection Booth podcast with Mike White and Samm Deighan
Booklet with an essay on Herz and the film by writer/producer Daniel Bird
New and improved English subtitle translation
Original soundtrack in Dual Mono 24-bit LPCM audio
World Premiere on Blu-ray