Vojtěch Jasný's sumptuous, surreal satire is one of the most lavish and uninhibited films of the entire Czechoslovak New Wave.
A travelling circus and its magical feline mascot arrive in a provincial Czech town, and expose the virtues, vices and desires of its unruly inhabitants.
Part modern fairy tale, part colourful political metaphor, The Cassandra Cat (also known as When the Cat Comes) is a unique, glorious comic drama. Banned after the 1968 Soviet invasion of Czechoslovakia, the film was regarded as an unacceptable and subversive critique of Communist society.
Now newly restored in all its vibrant glory, this Cannes award-winner makes its world premiere on Blu-ray.
Our Blu-ray also includes the acclaimed and delightful animated short film Badly Painted Hen by Jiří Brdečka, co-writer of The Cassandra Cat.
Blu-ray Special Features:
• The Cassandra Cat (Až přijde kocour, 1963) presented from a new 4K restoration by the Czech National Film Archive.
• A Projection Booth audio commentary with Mike White, Spencer Parsons and Chris Stachiw.
• Badly Painted Hen (Špatně namalovaná slepice, 1963): the acclaimed animated short film by Jiří Brdečka, co-writer of The Cassandra Cat.
• Booklet featuring a new, expansive essay by author Cerise Howard.
• Original soundtrack remastered in 5.1 DTS-HD Master Audio.
• New and improved English subtitle translation.
• World premiere on Blu-ray.
• Region Free (A/B/C) Blu-ray.