Desire / All My Good Countrymen: Two films by Vojtěch Jasný (BLU-RAY)

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These two films by Vojtěch Jasný, one of Czechoslovak cinema's most renowned and influential film artists, tell deceptively simple tales of rural life.

Desire (Touha), a lyrical film poem beautifully shot across four seasons, represents the eternal cycle of human life from birth to death.

All My Good Countrymen (Všichni dobří rodáci) 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.

All My Good Countrymen is presented from a new 4K restoration, Desire is presented from a new HD transfer - both films make their world premieres on Blu-ray. Our edition also features archival interviews with director Vojtěch Jasný and actor Drahomíra Hofmanová, additional films by Jasný: It’s Not Always Cloudy (1949) and the acclaimed short Bohemian Rhapsody (1969), a booklet with a new essay by Peter Hames... and more!

Special Features:

  • 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 actor 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.
  • 20-page booklet featuring an expansive new essay on Jasný and the films by author Peter Hames.
  • New and improved English subtitle translations.
  • Reversible sleeve.
  • World premieres on Blu-ray.
  • Region Free (A/B/C) Blu-rays.