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Old 02-01-09, 12:14 AM   #1
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Ana Friel's BATHORY (huge Czech fantasy-historical movie) is on DVD/Blu Ray



Website with trailer: http://www.ceskatelevize.cz/specialy/bathory/en/

DVD/Blu Ray form slovakia: http://www.gorila.sk/product/121963

DVD is coming out in March. Does anyone know the specs (orignal English or just Czech dub?) or if this slovakian ships to USA?

Pro-Bass, any help here?

This film looks wacky awesome!


EDIT UPDATE: according to some Czech sites, i've seen the specs listed as English audio for the Blu Ray, but Czech audio for the DVD...still awaiting definite specs...
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Old 02-02-09, 10:06 AM   #2
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Just had a chance to look at this thread in greater detail, and checked out the trailer you linked...count me as very interested in seeing this. Nice work digging this up! Your post is my first time hearing of this film.
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Old 02-02-09, 02:37 PM   #3
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Pro-Bass, any help here?
These are the confirmed specs:

English (Original) and Slovakian 5.1 tracks (optional Czech subtitles).

You could use www.DVDbest.sk. They ship to the US, have an English interface, and allow you to set price listings in $.

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Old 02-02-09, 02:46 PM   #4
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Re: Ana Friel's BATHORY (huge Czech fantasy-historical movie) is on DVD/Blu Ray

Thanks Pro-Bass my savior! How did you find out about the audio? I know the movie is in English, but do you guarantee that the DVD audio will have original audio English?


As much as I like the Anna Freil, where was Asia Argento when they were making this film? It seems like a role created for her.

Flixtime, I didn't know of it either till seeing the DVD listing! Well, I researched the director, Juraj Jakubisko, and it turns out he's one of Czech's most famous directors. I've been researching his films on DVD which all look pretty interesting. A lot of his DVDs have English subtitles as well, but I don't want to spend a fortune ordering them. Like I said earlier, it's probably cheaper to just fly to Prague to pick up the Czech DVDs.
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Old 02-02-09, 03:10 PM   #5
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I know the movie is in English, but do you guarantee that the DVD audio will have original audio English?
These are the official specs, but I recommend that you wait for a review that confirms them as the official distributor listing isn't necessarily always the correct listing (and this is precisely what I Served The King Of England teaches us).

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Old 02-08-09, 08:55 PM   #6
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Re: Ana Friel's BATHORY (huge Czech fantasy-historical movie) is on DVD/Blu Ray

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Old 02-09-09, 08:31 AM   #7
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Re: Ana Friel's BATHORY (huge Czech fantasy-historical movie) is on DVD/Blu Ray

I thought there were plans for a theatrical release of this here in the States, missed this at the AFI EU last fall - drat! Well... guess I could blind buy this now.
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Old 02-09-09, 05:28 PM   #8
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Re: Ana Friel's BATHORY (huge Czech fantasy-historical movie) is on DVD/Blu Ray

Does anyone know if the Blu-ray will be region locked? It would be region B, right?
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Old 04-07-09, 10:14 PM   #9
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Just as it was getting close to release date, the BATHORY DVD and Blu Ray is delayed till SEPTEMBER 2009.
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Old 04-17-09, 01:20 AM   #10
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Re: Ana Friel's BATHORY (huge Czech fantasy-historical movie) is on DVD/Blu Ray

Here's a new trailer for Julie Delpy's movie version of Bathory - THE COUNTESS:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDHO-6HiZxY

A little more reality-based and not as crazy as the Ana Freil one.
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Old 07-10-09, 06:47 AM   #11
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I have seen the movie. Anticipating great things I was shocked to see a PG comedy Monks roler skating, para gliding and doing other silly things, Bathory as saint as Mother Theresa and whereas it was an expensive movie for Czech standards ( about 15 mil USD) I wonder where the money went. Same "small" battles with few extras dressed right from central Haloween catalogue in a same battle ( just subtitled as different location) with only a few "bangs".

The only redeaming quality indeed is the performance ( and costuming) of Anna Friel. I was amazed that she could deliver the silly lines with a straight face, and so was her co star Karel Roden.

This movie is a farce in all other aspects. I doubt highly that any distributor after seeing it would take it to US theatres.

Most of the other movies about her ( and I have seen them all) portray her for what she really was: A lesbian sadistic serial killer who killed 100's of girls for kicks. This one makes her a victim of bad rumors.... Sort of TMZ of the 16th century.
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Old 07-10-09, 11:09 AM   #12
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I have seen the movie. Anticipating great things I was shocked to see a PG comedy .
What would this film actually be rated though? Isn't it very violent and has sex?
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Old 07-31-09, 11:21 AM   #13
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Yep it would most definitely be rated R. Several nude scenes, some violence and a lot of blood.
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Old 09-28-09, 10:15 PM   #14
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I just saw this movie. Sort of a let-down. As a reviewer said on imdb, the movie just feels like a series of pretty looking pictures pieced together, but it doesn't really flow as a movie. Anna Friel is certainly interesting to watch, but this film is not her best work. I still like her most in Rogue Trader.

I would give it a C or C-.
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Old 09-30-09, 04:38 AM   #15
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Re: Ana Friel's BATHORY (huge Czech fantasy-historical movie) is on DVD/Blu Ray

Another question: what films would you recommend as an intro to Juraj Jakubisko's ?
(and the side question is: does Bathory hold any water in that respect?)
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Another question: what films would you recommend as an intro to Juraj Jakubisko's ?
(and the side question is: does Bathory hold any water in that respect?)
I would start off with "It's Better to Be Wealthy and Healthy Than Poor and Ill"...it's sold here: http://www.artpopdvd.com/DVD/48530.aspx


Bathory is not a good sample of his work. It's interesting to see it out of curiousity (and if you like Anna Friel, as I do), but it's not a good film.
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Re: Ana Friel's BATHORY (huge Czech fantasy-historical movie) is on DVD/Blu Ray

There's a Romanian DVD that's anamorphic with original English audio. Hard to find though...Here's the dvd review: http://dvdfreak.bloudil.cz/freak.php?p=bathory&dz=0
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Old 12-08-09, 11:24 AM   #18
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The Thai DVD is up for sale, widescreen and English 5.1. I'm waiting for a reply from ethai to tell me if it's anamorphic or not:
http://www.ethaicd.com/show.php?pid=50370
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$11.50 - not a bad price. Toddly, is it at least worth that?
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$11.50 - not a bad price. Toddly, is it at least worth that?
Totally! If you get it tell me how the video and audio quality is!...It's an entertaining flick, just not that good as I hoped it would be...
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Cool, I'm in for one - provided it is anamorphic. Can you let us once you get a response? Although I can't fathom why it would be non-anamorphic.
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Cool, I'm in for one - provided it is anamorphic. Can you let us once you get a response? Although I can't fathom why it would be non-anamorphic.
It's anamorphic per ethaicd.com. Here's what they wrote back:

Thank you for your email. The DVD is Anamorphic Widescreen 16:9.
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Awesome, thanks. Ordering one.
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What would this film actually be rated though? Isn't it very violent and has sex?
Found antoher Czech "gem" on the topic very NSFW

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Has anyone watched the Thai disc yet? I would think it'd be severely edited by the Thai censors.
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