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Closely Observed Trains (1966)

Friday 9th October 2015

Winner of the Best Foreign Film Oscar of 1966, an example of Czech 'New Wave' Cinema, Jiri Menzel's Closely Observed Trains is released on dual-format Blu-ray and DVD on 26th October 2015 courtesy of Arrow Academy.
Václav Neckár, Josef Somr, Vlastimil Brodský
Jirí Menzel
Zdenek Oves
Arrow Academy
1 hour 32 minutes
26/10/2015

Shy teenage virgin Milos gets his first job as a railway dispatcher and is suddenly forced to confront the realities of the adult world, not least the temptations of the opposite sex. But they in turn are more attracted to his more experienced colleague Hubi ka and his distinctive way with an inkpad and rubber stamp...

This could easily have fuelled a light comedy, but Ji í Menzel s bittersweet feature debut is set during World War II in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, and the various farcical goings-on threaten to distract attention from the far more pressing business of staying alive especially since German trains are being attacked by resistance fighters and everyone is under suspicion of collaboration.

Co-written by the great Czech novelist Bohumil Hrabal (author of the classic source novella), Closely Observed Trains, released on dual-format Blu-ray and DVD on 26th October 2015 courtesy of Arrow Academy, won Menzel a Best Foreign Film Oscar when he was still in his twenties, and it remains one of the best-loved of all Czech films.

  • New 4K restoration by the Czech National Film Archive
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Czech soundtrack in uncompressed PCM mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Appreciation by Peter Hames, author of The Czechoslovak New Wave
  • Archival interviews with director Ji í Menzel, cinematographer Jaromír ofr and film historian Jan Luke
  • Closely Observed Films: Michael Brooke explores the six-film collaboration between Menzel and novelist Bohumil Hrabal
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two pieces of artwork from the original release

Please note - Disc special features are subject to change, may differ from format to format and/or may differ from region to region.

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