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 Post subject: Re: Dragon's Return
PostPosted: Fri Aug 28, 2015 6:55 am 

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"Just an absolutely staggering film... It's been a long while since i've seen something that makes as much of an immediate case for being on my all-time favourites list as this. I think that if you are a fan of cinema like Herzog or Tarkovsky you really NEED this DVD fractionally more than you need oxygen"
Graham raves over DRAGON'S RETURN at the latest Cinema Eclectica podcast (at c.25'45 - c32')


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 Post subject: Re: Dragon's Return
PostPosted: Thu Sep 10, 2015 4:11 am 

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"An evocative and often stunning medieval gem from the height of Slovak cinema, Dragon's Return is a haunting experience worthy of more familiarity among English-speaking viewers... an excellent package boasting a transfer as sterling as anything they've ever released. It's hard to see any way this could look better"
Nathaniel Thompson at Mondo Digital


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 Post subject: Re: Dragon's Return
PostPosted: Wed Sep 16, 2015 6:01 pm 

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"Grečner's gorgeously executed 1967 drama... for those who thrill at discovering films from years past that leave much of what we tend to be served up today looking flat and unadventurous, this is another must-have from this most dedicated of UK distributors. "
Slarek raves at CineOutsider


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 Post subject: Re: Dragon's Return
PostPosted: Fri Sep 25, 2015 5:46 am 

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"Immaculate restoration of 1967 Slovak film, complete with remarkable score... DRAGON'S RETURN is a revelation, and this new high-definition restoration more than does it justice."
Tom Birchenough at The Arts Desk


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 Post subject: Re: Dragon's Return
PostPosted: Mon Oct 05, 2015 7:29 am 

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"A remarkable example of the stark, sparse, monochrome beauty mastered by Eastrn European filmmakers (from František Vláčil to Béla Tarr)... has potent, primitive resonance born of the rich, poetic intricacies of its visual and sonic design. The unforgettable power of its vision is all there in the quietly devastating ending"
Virgine Sélavy reviews in the lateset Sight & Sound


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 Post subject: Re: Dragon's Return
PostPosted: Tue Dec 01, 2015 8:23 am 

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As well as being DVD Beaver's 'DVD of the Month' in October, DRAGON'S RETURN picks up another rave review and gets STARBURST magazine's 10/10 rating.


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 Post subject: Re: 103 Dragon's Return
PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:10 pm 
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Haven't been to the forum for ages but after watching this yesterday felt compelled to read up and utterly stunned nobody's commented on this since it's released! I know Second Run's output is a bit overwhelming but this is a no-holds-barred masterwork. The extraordinary combination of nonlinear editing with primal narrative, stunning b&w photography, sinuous long takes that are never unnecessarily ostentatious, several ludicrously dangerous wilderness passages - and those pots! And those faces! I'm an evangelist for this film now. Don't miss it.


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 Post subject: Re: 103 Dragon's Return
PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:21 pm 
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DDillaman wrote:
Haven't been to the forum for ages but after watching this yesterday felt compelled to read up and utterly stunned nobody's commented on this since it's released! I know Second Run's output is a bit overwhelming but this is a no-holds-barred masterwork. The extraordinary combination of nonlinear editing with primal narrative, stunning b&w photography, sinuous long takes that are never unnecessarily ostentatious, several ludicrously dangerous wilderness passages - and those pots! And those faces! I'm an evangelist for this film now. Don't miss it.

I did a big rave about it somewhere long before Second Run picked it up (based on the Slovakian disc), and there were nods of agreement from those few who had seen it. I'll try to track it down and link it.

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Here it is / was:

Dragon's Return - This is what cinephilia - and this forum - is all about. Here's a major masterpiece I'd never heard of, by a director I'd never heard of, that has vaulted to the top reaches of my hotly contested 1960s list already. It's just sheer mastery from the first seconds. As the film opens, I thought to myself that Zdenek Liska really outdid himself this time, with an incredible score of orchestral dissonances and chanting, whispering voices that expand and contract into a complete detailed, semi-abstract soundscape as if the soundtrack were breathing and stretching like an organic thing. And then I check the box and find that it's not Liska at all, but Ilja Zeljenka (who also did fine work on The Sun in a Net). Seriously, this is one of the all-time great film scores, and the wonder of it all is that the film's up to it.

It's a simple medieval tale of village politics, vindictiveness and revenge, told in the glancing, impressionistic style of many a New Wave classic, but strengthened by a wonderfully tactile sense of its world, very much in line with Vlacil and Tarkovsky (though the timeframe doesn't seem right for either Andrey Rublyov or Marketa Lazarova to be a direct influence, since Dragon's Return was made in '67). When two of the characters take off on a dangerous mission in the middle of the film, it actually anticipates the 'ecstatic truth' of Herzog's filmmaking expeditions. A first-rank masterpiece, anyway, that on its own justifies picking up all these discs. Anything else now is a bonus.


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 Post subject: Re: 103 Dragon's Return
PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:24 pm 
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It's posted at the top of this thread, actually - there's a few nods of agreement there - which is why I had the "since it's been released" proviso.


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 Post subject: Re: 103 Dragon's Return
PostPosted: Sun Nov 19, 2017 10:25 pm 
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Ah, I see Michael beat me to it.

Anyway: everybody buy this film. it's insanely magnificent.


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 Post subject: Re: 103 Dragon's Return
PostPosted: Thu Nov 23, 2017 10:09 pm 
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Ok, you got me, zedz. I was curious to see Dragon's Return already, but referencing both Tarkovsky & Herzog won me over entirely.


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