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From Juraj Herz, director of The Cremator and Morgiana, comes this singular adaption of the classic tale - an altogether darker interpretation than we're used to. Light years from Disney, Herz's Beauty and the Beast (also known more provocatively as The Virgin and the Monster) follows the familiar story - innocent girl presents herself as sacrifice to a cursed man-beast hiding in exile, and learns to live with, and eventually love her captor - but is transformed into something entirely more twisted and terrifying in Herz’s macabre re-imagining.
Aided by wonderful set and costume design, superb cinematography and evocative score, this is a fairy-tale-turned-horror story from Czechoslovak cinema’s most wryly subversive artist.
Presented from a new HD transfer from original materials, our region-free Blu-ray also features a new Projecton Booth commentary, Tomáš Škrdlant's 1964 short film on writer and poet František Hrubín and a booklet with new writing on the film by Jonathan Owen.