Second Run to release František Vláčil’s ‘The Devil’s Trap’ on world premiere Blu-ray this February!

Second Run will release František Vláčil’s stunning historical drama, THE DEVIL’S TRAP (Ďáblova past), on world premiere Blu-ray on 28 February 2022, presented from a new HD transfer from original materials created by the Czech National Film Archive, Prague.

The first in Vláčil’s trilogy of beautifully realised historical epics – which also includes his legendary works Marketa Lazarová and The Valley of the Bees – THE DEVIL’S TRAP is set in 16th Century Bohemia where a miller and his son find themselves under investigation by Inquisition authorities after daring to question the local landowner’s decision to build on unstable land.

Evoking a time where religious authority holds sway, and an understanding of the natural world is interpreted as evidence of a diabolical pact, THE DEVIL’S TRAP stunningly creates a cruel but credible world torn between superstition and science.



Special Features:

• In the Web of Time (V síti času, 1989): cinematographer František Uldrich’sdocumentary portrait of Vláčil.

• The Week Starts on Friday (Týden začíná v pátek, 1962): Elmar Kloss’ short film about Czech cinema exhibition in the early 1960s, and featuring The Devils Trap.

• Booklet featuring a new essay on the film by author and Czechoslovak cinema specialist Peter Hames.

• New and improved English subtitle translation.

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