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Saturday, October 19, 2019

New on Blu-ray: HAXAN (1922) - Criterion Collection

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Product Description: Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen’s legendary silent film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the Middle Ages and early modern era suffered from the same ills as psychiatric patients diagnosed with hysteria in the film's own time. Far from a dry dissertation on the topic, the film itself is a witches’ brew of the scary, the gross, and the darkly humorous. Christensen’s mix-and-match approach to genre anticipates gothic horror, documentary re-creation, and the essay film, making for an experience unlike anything else in the history of cinema.

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Director: Benjamin Christensen

Starring: Benjamin Christensen, Maren Pedersen, Clara Pontoppidan

Genre: Documentary, Fantasy, Horror

Runtime: 91 min

Rating: Not Rated

Language: English

Studio: Criterion

Home Video Release Date: October 15, 2019




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  • Codec: MPEG-4 AVC
  • Resolution: 1080p
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Region: Region A/1

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  • Blu-ray: DTS-HD Master Audio 5.0 (Music)


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  • Music from the original Danish premiere, arranged by film-music specialist Gillian Anderson and performed by the Czech Film Orchestra in 2001, presented in 5.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio
  • Audio commentary from 2001 featuring film scholar Casper TybjergWitchcraft Through the Ages (1968), the seventy-six-minute version of Häxan, narrated by author William S. Burroughs, with a soundtrack featuring violinist Jean-Luc Ponty
  • Director Benjamin Christensen’s introduction to the 1941 rerelease
  • Short selection of outtakes
  • Bibliothèque Diabolique: a photographic exploration of Christensen’s historical sources
  • PLUS: An essay by critic Chris Fujiwara, remarks on the score by Anderson, and (Blu-ray only) an essay by scholar Chloé Germaine Buckley


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