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Sampo

Sampo
Sampo

Blu ray

Deaf Crocodile/Vinegar Syndrome

1959 / 2:35:1 / 91 Min.

Starring Anna Orochko, Andris Ošiņš, Eve Kivi

Written by Väinö Kaukonen, Viktor Vitkovich, Grigori Yagdfeld

Directed by Aleksandr Ptushko

Mosfilm’s Sampo, a Russian fantasy from 1959, and Paramount’s White Christmas, a Yuletide bauble released in 1954, were both state of the art products of a big studio system. But each were Cold War entertainments driven by very different agendas: White Christmas was a gung ho military musical prettified by candy canes, VistaVision and Technicolor. Sampo was a movie out of time—a gravely beautiful folktale set in a bone-chilling winter wasteland. In short, America ladled on the optimism while Russia served up existential dread with a little popcorn on the side.

Mosfilm, aka “Russian Hollywood”, was a monolithic entity with the combined creative juice of MGM, Universal, and Paramount under one roof—established in 1920, the studio was a dream factory
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Deaf Crocodile to Release 4K Restoration of Aleksandr Ptushko’s Stunning Finnish/Soviet Fantasy Epic Sampo (1959) on Blu-ray for the First Time in the US

Deaf Crocodile to Release 4K Restoration of Aleksandr Ptushko’s Stunning Finnish/Soviet Fantasy Epic Sampo (1959) on Blu-ray for the First Time in the US
Director Aleksandr Ptushko’s stunning Finnish/Soviet fantasy epic set for July 2022 release Deaf Crocodile Films, in association with distribution partner Seagull Films, is proud to announce the upcoming 4K restoration release on Blu-ray of famed fantasy filmmaker Aleksandr Ptushko’s visually stunning 1959 fantasy epic Sampo (U.S. title: The Day The Earth Froze) through partner label Ocn-Vinegar …

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Ilya Muromets

Ilya Muromets
Accept no substitutes! Aleksandr Ptushko’s fairy-tale folk hero saga is the real deal in medieval spectacle. When the nation calls, warriors rise from the steppes to defend against invaders, even if they have to defy royal authority. The first Soviet film in anamorphic scope and stereophonic sound, Ilya Muromets is an eye-opening series of fantastic characters and storybook episodes, loaded with Ptushko’s amazingly beautiful special effects and jaw-dropping scenes with entire armies filling the scene. The capper is one hell of a fierce dragon — the fire breathing, three-headed Zmey Gorynych!

Ilya Muromets

Blu-ray

Deaf Crocodile / Seagull

1956 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 91 83 min. / Street Date May, 2022 / The Sword and the Dragon, The Epic Hero and the Beast / Available from Vinegar Syndrome / 34.98 & 39.98

Starring: Boris Andreyev, Shukur Burkhanov, Andrei Abrikosov, Natalya Medvedeva, Ninel Myshkova, Sergey Martinson, Georgi Dyomin, Aleksandr Shvorin, Nikolai Gladkov, Vladimir Solovyov.

Cinematography: Fyodor Provorov, Yuli Kun

Production Designer: Yevgeni Kumankov
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Re-Release Trailer for 50s Medieval Epic 'The Sword and the Dragon'

Re-Release Trailer for 50s Medieval Epic 'The Sword and the Dragon'
Fight on! Deaf Crocodile Films has revealed a glorious re-release trailer for a vintage medieval epic called The Sword and the Dragon, originally known as Ilya Muromets (Илья Муромец) from the Soviet Union in the 1950s. This first premiered in 1956 and never got a proper high quality US release until now. They explain "Legendary fantasy filmmaker Aleksandr Ptushko's sweeping, visual FX-filled epic is one of his most enchanting achievements: a stunning Cinemascope ballad of heroic medieval knights, ruthless Tugar invaders, wind demons and three-headed fire-breathing dragons." This was filmed around Kyiv, Ukraine, despite being a Soviet production. The Sword and the Dragon was the first Cinemascope film produced in the Soviet Union, and was re-edited into a truncated, dubbed version for the U.S. at the height of the Cold War, downplaying the epic poetry and lyricism of the original. The film has been restored in 4K for its first-ever U.
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Long-Unseen 1967 Swiss Spy Thriller The Unknown Man Of Shandigor Lands on VOD March 1st From Deaf Crocodile and Grasshopper Films

Long-Unseen 1967 Swiss Spy Thriller The Unknown Man Of Shandigor Lands on VOD March 1st From Deaf Crocodile and Grasshopper Films
The Unknown Man Of Shandigor (1967) Lands On Video-on-demand March 1St From Deaf Crocodile And Grasshopper Films

Long-Unseen 60s Swiss Black & White Cold War Spy Thriller Stars Marie-France Boyer, Ben Carruthers, Jacques Dufilho, Daniel Emilfork, and Famed Singer-Songwriter Serge Gainsbourg

Recently restored in 4K from the camera negative by the Cinémathèque suisse with additional digital restoration by Deaf Crocodile, Jean-Louis Roy’s visually stunning The Unknown Man Of Shandigor originally screened at the Cannes Film Festival in 1967 and stars legendary French singer/songwriter Serge Gainsbourg and famed Chilean cult actor Daniel Emilfork. Deaf Crocodile Films and Grasshopper Films will be releasing the long-unseen 60s Cold War super-spy thriller on VOD on March 1st, 2022.

The Unknown Man Of Shandigor is a marvelous and surreal hall of mirrors, part-dr. Strangelove, part-Alphaville, with sly nods to British TV shows like “The Avengers” and “Doctor Who.” The film stars a who’s who of
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Deaf Crocodile To Release 4K Restoration Of the Surreal 1984 Romanian Sci-Fi Animation Delta Space Mission On Blu-ray

Deaf Crocodile To Release 4K Restoration Of the Surreal 1984 Romanian Sci-Fi Animation Delta Space Mission On Blu-ray
. The Surreal Romanian Sci-Fi Animated film Delta Space Mission from Directors Mircea Toia And Călin Cazan is set for February 2022 Release with Ocn Distribution, Digital Releases To Follow With Grasshopper Films. Here’s a New Teaser From The Restoration:

Deaf Crocodile Films is proud to announce the upcoming 4K restoration release of the wildly surreal Romanian animated sci-fi film Delta Space Mission (Misiunea SPAȚIALĂ Delta) from directors Mircea Toia and Călin Cazan. Pre-sales will launch on February 1, 2022, followed by a digital launch several weeks after, released in collaboration with Grasshopper Films.

Delta Space Mission features a new 4K restoration from the original 35mm picture and sound elements by the Arhiva Nationala de Filme – Cinemateca Romana / National Film Archive – Romanian Cinematheque and the Centrul National al Cinematografiei / Romanian Film Centre (Cnc). The Blu-ray edition of Delta Space Mission contains a new interview with co-director Călin Cazan, an essay by acclaimed comic
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Deaf Crocodile Announces New Acquisitions As Part Of Their ‘Russian Fantastika’ Restoration Collection — The Sword And The Dragon, The Day The Earth Froze and Zero City

Deaf Crocodile Announces New Acquisitions As Part Of Their ‘Russian Fantastika’ Restoration Collection — The Sword And The Dragon, The Day The Earth Froze and Zero City
“Resistance is useless! I will make you bow to our mighty chief Kalin.”

Deaf Crocodile’s Russian Fantastika collection Includes the 4K Restorations Of Aleksandr Ptushko Fantasy Films “Ilya Muromets (The Sword & The Dragon)” (1956) and “Sampo (The Day The Earth Froze)” (1959), and 2K Restoration Of Karen Shakhnazarov’s Satire “Zerograd (Zero City)” (1988)

Deaf Crocodile, in association with distribution partner Seagull Films, announced today the acquisition of a trio of celebrated Russian titles. The companies will jointly release 4K restorations of famed Russian fantasy filmmaker Aleksandr Ptushko’s stunning 1956 medieval epic Ilya Muromets (The Sword & The Dragon), and his mystical 1959 Finnish/Soviet co-production Sampo (The Day The Earth Froze), as well as a 2K restoration of director Karen Shakhnazarov’s 1988 Kafkaesque satire Zerograd (Zero City). Ilya Muromets and Zerograd will be released in collaboration with legendary Russian studio Mosfilm, which restored them recently. Sampo has been restored by Kavi – the Finnish National Audiovisual Institute.
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Wow! Three Rare Russian Fantasy Classics Restored by Distributors Deaf Crocodile

Wow! Three Rare Russian Fantasy Classics Restored by Distributors Deaf Crocodile
Legendary Russian fantasy filmmaker Aleksandr Ptushko’s sweeping, visual FX-filled epic Ilya Muromets (aka "The Sword & The Dragon") is one of his most enchanting achievements: a stunning CinemaScope ballad of heroic medieval knights, ruthless Tugar invaders, wind demons, and three-headed fire-breathing dragons, all set against a mythic landscape of pastoral, unspoiled Russia.

The first CinemaScope film produced in the Soviet Union, Ilya Muromets was released in a truncated, dubbed version in the U.S. as The Sword & The Dragon, that heavily downplayed the epic poetry and lyricism of the original.

This will be the first-ever official U.S. release of the original full-length version of Ilya Muromets (In Russian with English subtitles) courtesy of
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Russian Fantasticka! Deaf Crocodile Announces Acquisition Of Three Rare Russian Classics

Russian Fantasticka! Deaf Crocodile Announces Acquisition Of Three Rare Russian Classics
Relative newcomers to the niche distribution scene, Deaf Crocodile, yesterday announced the acquisition - with distribution partners, Seagull Films - of three rare Russian fantasy classics, new 4K restorations of Aleksandr Ptushko's Ilya Muromets (The Sword & the Dragon) (1956) and Sampo (The Day the Earth Froze) (1959), and a 2K restoration of Karen Shakhnazarov’s satire Zerograd (Zero City) (1988). This initial trio is part of a new collection they are calling Russian Fantasticka, with more planned releases on the way. The first three will be available for theatrical, VOD, and home video viewing in 2022 through Grasshopper Films and on home video through Ocn. Check out the gallery below for more information about the films and a preview trailer for Ilya Muromets:...

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Film Review: Viy (1967) by Konstantin Yershov and Georgi Kropachyov

Film Review: Viy (1967) by Konstantin Yershov and Georgi Kropachyov
Quite a historic production, “Viy” was the first Soviet-era horror film to be officially released in the Ussr and one of the most influential Russian films of all time, particularly due to its startling visuals and effects courtesy of directors Konstantin Yershov, Georgi Kropachyov, and perhaps most notably, artistic director Aleksandr Ptushko. The film was included among the “1001 Movies You Must See Before You Die” and now finds its way to a stunning Blu Ray release, courtesy of Eureka.

The story revolves around a group of seminary students, who, despite the strictness associated with the fact that they have their lessons by monks, are anything but disciplined, frequently getting drunk, and joking all the time, as the introductory scene that has them making a goat read the bible highlights.

As the students are sent home for vacation, three of them get lost on the way in the middle of the night.
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Viy

Viy

Blu ray

Severin Films

1967/ 1:37:1 / 78 min.

Starring Leonid Kuravlyov,Natalya Varley

Directed by Konstantin Ershov, Georgiy Kropachyov

Anything can happen in a horror movie and that was one of the reasons despots from Stalin to Khrushchev banned the genre from their homeland for the better part of a century. Education and propaganda, not cheeky attacks on the status quo were the prime directives of Soviet cinema – yet one so-called horror film managed to sneak through the Iron Curtain in 1967 – Viy, directed by Konstantin Ershov and Georgiy Kropachyov. Based on Nikolai Gogol’s creepy fable about a persistent witch and her hapless prey, it’s possible the state allowed this particular thriller to pass because special effects artist Aleksandr Ptushko takes a distinctly playful approach to the story, flipping its nightmare scenario into a quirky campfire tale.

Viy is set in Ukraine and stars Leonid Kuravlyov as Khoma, a naive seminarian,
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