In the last days of the World War Two, a young Czech widow whose husband has been executed by Nazi occupiers is forced to transport two German soldiers to the Austrian border. As they journey through a seemingly endless forest, a barbed tale of hatred, revenge and unexpected sympathies unfolds.
Banned by the Czech authorities for challenging conventional depictions of villainous Nazis and honourable Czechs, Kachyna’s powerful and often harrowing film explores the fine line between justice and vengeance – and it remained unseen for over twenty years. Gripping and intensely atmospheric, Coach to Vienna is a fearless moral examination of the complexities of war.
Coach to Vienna is presented from a glorious new 4K restoration and makes its world premiere on Blu-ray.
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
• Coach to Vienna (Kočár do Vídně, 1966) presented from an HD transfer of the new 4K restoration by the Czech National Film Archive.
• It’s Not Always Cloudy (Není stále zamračeno, 1949): Karel Kachyňa’s rediscovered feature-length semi-documentary graduation film, co-directed by Vojtěch Jasný.
• A Projection Booth audio commentary with film historians Mike White, Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger.
• Image gallery.
• 20-page booklet featuring a new essay on the film by writer Jonathan Owen.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• World premiere on Blu-ray.
• Region-free Blu-ray (A/B/C)
• Language: Czech, German
• Subtitles: English
• Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
• Video: BD50 / 1080p / 24fps
• Audio: 1.0 Dual Mono LPCM (48k/24-bit)
• Discs: 1
• Black and white
• Region A/B/C (Region Free)