Viy (Region B)

Type: New Blu-Ray

Bursting with startling imagery and stunning practical effects courtesy of directors Konstantin Yershov, Georgi Kropachyov, and perhaps most notably, artistic director Aleksandr Ptushko (the legendary special effects artist whose spectacular stop-motion effects and innovative colour cinematography has seen him referred to as the Soviet equivalent of Willis O’Brien, Ray Harryhausen, and even Mario Bava), VIY has influenced generations of directors for more than half a century.

In 19th century Russia, a seminary student is forced to spend three nights with the corpse of a beautiful young witch. But when she rises from the dead to seduce him, it will summon a nightmare of fear, desire, and the ultimate demonic mayhem.

The Masters of Cinema series is proud to present VIY in its UK debut on Blu-ray from a HD restoration of the original film elements.


1080p presentation on Blu-ray

Original Russian mono audio

Optional English mono audio

Optional English subtitles and English SDH

Brand new audio commentary with film historian and eastern European cinema expert Michael Brooke

Brand new video essay on Russian novelist and VIY author Nikolai Gogol

Archival documentary on VIY

Three Russian silent film fragments, The Portrait [1915, 8 mins], The Queen of Spades [1916, 16 mins], and Satan Exultant [1917, 20 mins]

A collector’s booklet featuring a new essay on Aleksandr Ptushko by Tim Lucas