Second Run DVD Releasing Juraj Herz's MORGIANA In October

Second Run DVD is a boutique label out of the U.K. that has built an extremely interesting catalog of world cinema titles. Their releases, many of which are Region 0, are immediately identifiable by their uniform packaging --  clean minimalistic covers with the title and director's name at the top in a sans serif font -- and attention to detail in transfers and supplements.

Much of the label's output has been focused on classic 60-70s films from Hungary, Czechoslovakia, and Poland. This includes the upcoming release of Morgiana, a 1971 film from Czech filmmaker Juraj Herz. This is the second Juraj Herz film that Second Run has released; The Cremator from 1968 was the first.

Morgiana is described as "a twisted Czech take on Whatever Happened to Baby Jane?" The story is as follows:

Morgiana, based on a short story by Aleksandr Grin, (the 'Russian Poe'), is the story of two sisters, Klára and Viktoria who live a life of decadent excess stranded somewhere between the mid-19th and early 20th century. Klára is auburn-haired and beautiful, whilst Viktoria is ugly, sadistic, bursting with hate and jealousy - and who hatches a terrible revenge by slowly poisoning her more popular sister. As the poison takes hold, Klára begins to lose grip on her sanity...

Here are the specs:

  • Region 2 PAL DVD
  • New filmed interview with director Juraj Herz
  • All-new digital transfer with restored picture and sound
  • New English subtitle translation
  • Booklet featuring essays by Daniel Bird and Dr Ian Conrich
  • Optimal quality dual-layer disc
  • Available for the first time on DVD in the English-speaking world
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