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26 February 2021

Masters of Cinema conjures up VIY (review)

A student monk is sent to read prayers over the body of a landowner's murdered daughter only to discover that she is an evil witch who raises all the power of hell to steal his soul.  Best known to Westerners as the source story for Mario Bava's BLACK SUNDAY, VIY got a more faithful adaptation in its native Russia with stunning visual effects by Aleksandr Petushko.

REVIEW LINK: Eureka Video (UK) Region B Blu-ray (DVDCompare)

VIY Blu-ray specs:

  • DISC ONE: The Viy (1967)
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • Russian and English LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • Audio Commentary by film historian Michael Brooke
    • "Samuel Goff on Nikolai Gogol" audio essay
    • "Remembering Nikolai Gogol" 1939 documentary
    • Russian Silent Film Fragments:
      • "Satan Exultant"
      • "The Queen of Spades"
      • "The Portrait"
    • Theatrical Trailer
  • DISC TWO: Limited Bonus Disc of A Holy Place (1990)
    • 1080p24 MPEG-4 AVC 1.37:1 Pillarboxed Fullscreen
    • Serbo-Croat LPCM 2.0 Mono
    • Optional English Subtitles
    • "Djordje Kadijevic on A HOLY PLACE" director interview
  • Limited pressing of 3,000 copies that includes an exclusive O-Card slipcase, bonus disc, and a 31-page booklet featuring "Aleksandr Ptushko: Honest Tales of Bygone Days" by Tim Lucas, "A Holy Place" by Dejan Ognjanović, viewing notes, and Blu-ray credits

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