Pavel Juráček's A Case For A Rookie Hangman gets a 4K restoration and new release on DVD and Blu-ray

Pavel Juráček's A Case For A Rookie Hangman gets a 4K restoration and new release on DVD and Blu-ray

Case for a Rookie Hangman (1970)
Dir: Pavel Jurácek | Cast: Klára Jerneková, Lubomír Kostelka, Milena Zahrynowska, Radovan Lukavský | Writers: Jonathan Swift (novel), Pavel Jurácek

Second Run are to release a newly restored edition of Pavel Juráček's A Case For A Rookie Hangman following a 4K remaster of the film on DVD and Blu-ray on 24th June.

free-form and darkly surreal adaptation of Jonathan Swift's Gulliver's Travels also channels Lewis Carroll and Franz Kafka to create one of Czechoslovak cinema's most audacious and disturbing works.

Lost on a country road, a man finds himself trapped in a nightmare world that mirrors Communist-era Czechoslovakia. This transgressive film, like his earlier surrealist triumph Josef Kilián (1963), greatly provoked the authorities and was promptly 'banned forever'.

Jurácek, co-writer of Czech masterworks Daisies, Ikarie XB 1 and A Jester's Tale, was never allowed to direct another film - but his legacy and his commitment to poetic and political truth, remains one of the most profound, invigorating and important in all Czech cinema.

Blu-ray and DVD Special features:

  • A Case for a Rookie Hangman presented from a new 4K restoration of the film from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive.
  • Josef Kilián (Postava k podpírání): presented from a new 4K restoration of the film from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive.
  • Two additional short films co-written by Jurácek and directed by Jan Schmidt:
    • Cars Without a Home (Auta bez domova, 1959)
    • Black and White Sylva (Cernobílá Sylva, 1961)
  • The Projection Booth podcast with Mike White, Kat Ellinger, Kevin Heffernan and Peter Hames.
  • Trailer.
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by film historian Michael Brooke.
  • New and improved English subtitle translation.

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