British label, Second Run, has announced the release of director Jaromil Jires’ Valerie and Her Week of Wonders (1970) on a new HD transfer Blu-ray. Stars Jaroslava Schallerová.
Delicate and decadent, Jaromil Jireš’ Valerie and Her Week of Wonders mixes horror, fairytale, surrealism, and Freudian symbolism to depict the phantasmagorical world inhabited by a young girl on the threshold of adulthood. Haunting and dreamlike, the film is a work of pure imagination and has become a cult classic.
With its stunning visuals and remarkable, transcendent score by the great Luboš Fišer, Valerie and Her Week of Wonders casts a powerful spell and is one of the most enduring and influential fantasies ever made.
The upcoming release will feature a new HD transfer by the Czech National Film Archive, three early short films by director Jaromil Jireš, audio commentary and more! Region-Free.
Release date: January 27, 2020
Genre: Fantasy / Horror
- Director: Jaromil Jires
- Cast: Jaroslava Schallerová, Helena Anýzová, Petr Kopriva
- Country: Czechoslovakia
- Production Year: 1970
- Discs: 1 Blu-ray Disc
- Region: Free
- Run Time: 73 minutes
- Formats: Color; 1.37:1
- Audio: English
- Subtitle: English
- AKA: Valerie a týden divu
- Studio: Second Run (UK)
- Presented from a brand new HD transfer of the film from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive.
- Audio commentary with Peter Hames and Daniel Bird.
- All-new Projection Booth audio commentary with Mike White, Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger.
- Filmed introduction by Michael Brooke.
- Interview with actor Jaroslava Schallerová (Valerie).
- Three acclaimed short films by Jaromil Jireš:
- Uncle (Strejda, 1959 / 6 mins)
- Footprints (Stopy, 1960 / 21 mins) – full length uncut version.
- The Hall of Lost Footsteps (Sál ztracených kroků, 1960 / 12 mins) – with original colour sequences.
- 24-page booklet featuring writing by Peter Hames and Joseph A. Gervasi.
- New and improved English subtitle translation.
- Region free