Second Run will release Desire / All My Good Countrymen: Two Films by Vojtěch Jasný, on 2-Disc Special Edition Blu-ray on 8 August 2022.
These two films by one of Czechoslovak cinema’s most renowned and influential film artists tell deceptively simple tales of rural life.
Desire (Touha, 1958), a lyrical film poem beautifully shot across four seasons, represents the eternal cycle of human life from birth to death. A key film in the evolution of Czechoslovak cinema, Desire is presented here on Blu-ray for the very first time anywhere in the world.
All My Good Countrymen (Všichni dobří rodáci, 1968) made a decade later, weaves together the stories of a group of friends whose lives reflect the seismic political changes in post-war Czechoslovakia. One of the wonders of the Czech New Wave, this autobiographical masterpiece, made with deep affection for corruptible, flawed humanity, is a potent reminder of the lives, friendships and idealism lost under totalitarian rule.
Presented from a glorious new 4K restoration, All My Good Countrymen makes its world premiere on Blu-ray.
• Two-disc Blu-ray Special Edition.
• All My Good Countrymen presented from an HD transfer of the new 4K restoration by the Czech National Film Archive.
• Desire presented from a new HD transfer by the Czech National Film Archive.
• Vojtěch Jasný introduces All My Good Countrymen (2015).
• It’s Not Always Cloudy (Není stále zamračeno, 1949): Jasný’s rediscovered feature-length semi-documentary graduation film, co-directed by Karel Kachyňa.
• Bohemian Rhapsody (Česká rapsodie, 1969): Jasný’s acclaimed short film.
• Interview with Vojtěch Jasný (1988): an archival interview with the celebrated filmmaker made for the Channel 4 television series The Other Europe.
• An interview with actress Drahomíra Hofmanová (2015).
• Peter Hames on Vojtěch Jasný (2015).
• A Projection Booth audio commentary on All My Good Countrymen with Mike White, Spencer Parsons and Chris Stachiw.
• Booklet featuring an expansive essay on Jasný by author Peter Hames.
• New and improved English subtitle translations.
• Reversible sleeve.
• World premieres on Blu-ray.
• Region Free (A/B/C) Blu-rays.