(aka 'A Report on the Party and the Guests' or 'The Party and the Guests')
One of the most controversial Czech films
of its era, Jan Němec's second feature was completed in 1966, belatedly released
during the short-lived liberalisation of early 1968 but formally "banned
forever" in 1973, a decree that remained in force until the Velvet Revolution of
1989 (at least in Czechoslovakia). The widespread assumption, very much shared
by Antonín Novotný, the Czechoslovak President at the time of production, was
that the film was a direct attack on the Communist government and therefore too
dangerous to show.
Theatrical Release: September 19th, 1966
DVD Review: Second Run - Region 0 - PAL
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|Distribution||Second Run DVD - Region 0 - PAL|
Average Bitrate: 5.63 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s
NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.
|Audio||Czech (Dolby Digital mono)|
An Appreciation by Peter Hames (12:09)
This is a single-layered, but progressively transferred effort from Second Run whom we continue to admire for their clandestine and important film selections. I have found no evidence that the aspect ratio of 1.33:1 is incorrect and composition tends to support this. Detail and contrast look very good. Occasional digital artifacts (faux-grain) are present but not to any degree that impinges extensively on normal viewing. Audio had moments of weakness but the subtitles appear complete and without gaps. I honestly imagine that this is the best you will probably see this film digitally-speaking.
Supplements include an image gallery, a 20-page liner notes booklet and a highly interesting appreciation featurette by Peter Hames. Second Run have treated us to another masterpiece of the Czech New Wave with this astute political satire on Communism/Socialism. There are also elements defining the human condition with some surrealistic curiosities. A very unique, Buńuel-ian, film that we recommend.