Eureka Entertainment will release VIY [Вий], the groundbreaking 1967 gothic horror folktale made in Russia during the Soviet era, as a Limited Two-Disc Blu-ray Edition (3000 Copies Only) as a part of The Masters of Cinema Series on 15 March 2021.
The Limited Edition will also feature a Bonus Disc containing Djordje Kadijevic’s 1990 horror drama A Holy Place, presented for the first time ever on home video in the UK, and an exclusive O-Card Slipcase.
VIY is presented in its UK debut on Blu-ray from a HD restoration of the original film elements.
In 19th century Russia, a seminary student is forced to spend three nights with the corpse of a beautiful young witch. But when she rises from the dead to seduce him, it will summon a nightmare of fear, desire, and the ultimate demonic mayhem.
Bursting with startling imagery and stunning practical effects courtesy of directors Konstantin Yershov, Georgi Kropachyov and legendary special effects artist and artistic director Aleksandr Ptushko, VIY has influenced generations of directors for more than half a century.
Exclusive O-Card Slipcase
1080p presentation on Blu-ray
Original Russian mono audio
Optional English mono audio
Optional English subtitles and English SDH
Brand new audio commentary with film historian and eastern European cinema expert Michael Brooke
Brand new video essay on Russian novelist and VIY author Nikolai Gogol
Archival documentary on Nikolai Gogol
Three Russian silent film fragments, The Portrait [1915, 8 mins], The Queen of Spades [1916, 16 mins], and Satan Exultant [1917, 20 mins]
Newly commissioned sleeve artwork by Peter Savieri
Original 1967 Trailer
PLUS: A Collector’s Booklet featuring a new essay on Aleksandr Ptushko by Tim Lucas, and a new essay by Serbian writer and film critic Dejan Ognjanovic
EXCLUSIVE BONUS DISC: A HOLY PLACE [Sveto mesto] (1990, dir. Djordje Kadijevic) An adaptation of Nikolai Gogol’s short story and a stunning example of Serbian Gothic cinema from director Djordje Kadijevic. Described by critic Dejan Ognjanovic as “an unparalleled excess of perversity and terror”
New Interview with A HOLY PLACE director Djordje Kadijevic (Limited Edition Exclusive Only)