VIY (Standard Edition) (Blu-ray)

Director: Konstantin Yershov and Georgi Kropachyov

1967 Russia

Horror

 

£15.99

Release Date: 24th May 2021

TECHNICAL DETAILS

TECHNICAL DETAILS
  • Country: Russia
  • Language: Russian
  • Year: 1967
  • Runtime: 77
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
  • Colour: Colour
  • Certificate: 12
  • Subtitles: Optional English subtitles and English SDH
  • Genre: Horror
  • SKU: EKA70432
  • 1 Disc
  • Release Date: May 24, 2021
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SYNOPSIS

Bursting with startling imagery and stunning practical effects courtesy of directors Konstantin Yershov, Georgi Kropachyov, and perhaps most notably, artistic director Aleksandr Ptushko (the legendary special effects artist whose spectacular stop-motion effects and innovative colour cinematography has seen him referred to as the Soviet equivalent of Willis O’Brien, Ray Harryhausen, and even Mario Bava), VIY has influenced generations of directors for more than half a century.

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.

The Masters of Cinema series is proud to present VIY in its UK debut on Blu-ray from a HD restoration of the original film elements.

SPECIAL FEATURES

  • 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 VIY
  • Three Russian silent film fragments, The Portrait [1915, 8 mins], The Queen of Spades [1916, 16 mins], and Satan Exultant [1917, 20 mins]
  • A collector’s booklet featuring a new essay on Aleksandr Ptushko by Tim Lucas