From Juraj Herz, director of he Cremator and Morgiana, come this singular adaption of the classic tale – an altogether darker interpretation than we’re used to. Light years from Disney, Herz’s Beauty and the Beast (also known more provocatively as The Virgin and the Monster) follows the familiar story – innocent girl presents herself as sacrifice to a cursed man-beast hiding in exile, and learns to live with, and eventually love her captor – but is transformed into something entirely more twisted and terrifying in Herz’s macabre re-imagining.
Aided by wonderful set and costume design, superb cinematography and evocative score, this is a fairy-tale-turned-horror story from Czechoslovak cinema’s most wryly subversive artist.
Blu-ray Special Features:
• Presented complete and uncut from a new HD transfer from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive.
• A newly-recorded Projection Booth audio commentary with Mike White, Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger.
• František Hrubín (1964): a short film on the Czech writer and poet, and co-screenwriter of Beauty and the Beast.
• 20-page booklet with new writing on the film by author Jonathan Owen.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C).
• Language: Czech
• Subtitles: English
• Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
• Video: BD25 / 1080p / 24fps
• Audio: 2.0 Dual Mono LPCM (48k/16-bit)
• Region A/B/C (Region Free)