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  • Radiance Films Releasing Haxan

    Coming 10/28 from Radiance Films!

    A series of eerie vignettes depict images of sorcery and evil on screen, from representations of occultism and religious hypocrisy to a chilling witch hunt in the Middle Ages. Directed by and starring Benjamin Christensen as the Devil, Häxan mixes documentary and fiction forms to create an unsettling brew that prefigures everything from Gothic horror to the found footage film. This legendary horror film was released in numerous edits and this edition collects four such versions of the film for the first time in the UK, including a 2K restoration by the original production company Svensk Filmindustri.


    2K restoration by Svensk Filmindustri, presented with three optional scores, by Matti Bye (2006), Bronnt Industries Kapital (2007), and Geoff Smith (2007)
    Witchcraft through the Ages - an alternate cut of the film featuring narration by William S. Boroughs and soundtrack by Jean-Luc Ponty (1968, 77 mins)
    Häxan - The Esoteric Cut - an alternate cut of the film featuring English intertitles and soundtrack by Lawrence Leherissey (Date unknown, 84 mins)
    Witchcraft through the Ages - a French version of the film featuring narration by Jean-Pierre Kalfon (1990, 82 mins)
    Introduction by director Benjamin Christensen (1941, 8 mins)
    Outtakes (1922, 12 mins)
    Recently discovered costume screen test (1922, 2 mins)
    Visual essay by Vito A. Rowlands, author of the forthcoming BFI Film Classics edition of Häxan (2024)
    Audio commentary by Guy Adams and A.K. Benedict (2024)
    Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Time Tomorrow
    Six postcards of original promotional stills
    Limited edition 80-page book featuring new writing by Pamela Hutchinson, Daniel Bird, Kat Ellinger, Brad Stevens plus archival writing and extracts from the press book
    Limited edition of 6000 copies, presented in rigid box and full-height Scanavo packaging with removable OBI strip leaving packaging free of certificates and markings

    Cert: 15
    Format: Blu-ray
    Region: ABC
    EAN: 5060974681488
    Release date: 28/10/24

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  • #2
    I rather like the Burroughs narrated cut so glad it's on there. Fucking Halloween announcements already, Jesus the year's going fast...
    I'm bitter, I'm twisted, James Joyce is fucking my sister.


    • #3
      Originally posted by agent999 View Post
      I rather like the Burroughs narrated cut so glad it's on there.
      Even though I consider this my favorite silent horror film of all time, I'm particularly fond of that version, as it's the one I first watched. It really is amazing, especially with the wild Jean-Luc Ponty score.
      VHS will never die!