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21 Jan 2019

Diamonds of the Night on Blu-ray

Presented from the new 4K restoration of the film which premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Second Run present a new Blu-ray Special Edition of Jan Němec's masterful and harrowing Diamonds of the Night.

Němec’s debut feature is considered one of the most thrilling and startlingly original works of cinema. Told almost without dialogue, it chronicles the tense and desperate journey of two teenage boys who escape from a German train bound for a Nazi concentration camp during World War II. With its virtuoso cinematography, inspired editing and brilliantly utilised soundtrack, the film is a landmark of the Czechoslovak New Wave. Its themes of man’s perpetual struggle to preserve human dignity in the face of unimaginable horrors remain fearsomely relevant today.

“An absolutely essential viewing experience” Glenn Kenny

“Masterful, purposefully scrambling past and present, handheld realism and Buñuellian surrealism. It’s a torrent of life - and cinema - in the face of death” Time Out

• Presented from a new 4K restoration of the film from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive.
• Jan Němec’s debut short film A Loaf of Bread (Sousto, 1960).
• Audio commentary by film historian Michael Brooke.
• New filmed interview with Eva Lustigova, daughter of author Arnošt Lustig.
• A filmed appreciation by Peter Hames.
• Trailer (2018).
• Booklet featuring Michael Brooke's substantial essay on the film.
• World Premiere on Blu-ray.
• Region Free Blu-ray (A/B/C).

Release date: 21 January 2019

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