BEAUTY AND THE BEAST (15) 1978 CZECHOSLOVAKIA HERZ, JURAJ DVD – £12.99 BLU RAY £19.99
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.
In Czech with English subtitles
BLU-RAY SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS
• Beauty and the Beast (Panna a netvor, 1978) 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)