(aka 'The Shop On Main Street')

directed by Ján Kadár and Elmar Klos
Czechoslovakia 19


  An inept Czech peasant is torn between greed and guilt when the Nazi-backed bosses of his town appoint him “Aryan controller” of an old Jewish widow’s button shop. Humor and tragedy fuse in this scathing exploration of one cowardly man’s complicity in the horrors of a totalitarian regime. Made near the height of Soviet oppression in Czechoslovakia, The Shop on Main Street features intense editing and camera work which won it the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film in 1965.


Theatrical Release: January 24th, 1965

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DVD Review: Criterion - Region 1 - NTSC

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Distribution Criterion Collection - Spine # 130 - Region 1 - NTSC
Runtime 2:06:15 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 7.41 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.


Audio Czech (Dolby Digital 1.0) 
Subtitles English, None

Release Information:
Studio: Criterion / Home Vision

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• U.S. theatrical trailer (2:20)
• 6-page liner notes with comments by Ján Kadár

DVD Release Date: September 18th, 2001

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Chapters: 36




Excellent DVD - Criterion must have debated about indulging in some extensive extras and pushing this to the higher price point - the film and image deserve it. Regardless, award winning contrast. Tight lines with a smidgeon of damage, but overall excellent. My only complaint aside from the lack of extras are the subtitles - I think the font is a little thick (now you know I am being picky!).  out of       

Gary W. Tooze


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