Sean Baker’s review published on Letterboxd:
Very special entry in the Czechoslovak New Wave. Visceral and energetic. Gorgeous cinematography by Jaroslav Kucera (Daisies). Very interesting cutting that requires the viewer to fill in blanks and conclude for herself what is and isn't reality.
Scans are the same for both Second Run and Criterion.
“The image was digitized from the original negative on Agfa and Kodak film stock in 4K. Missing parts were replaced from a duplicate positive. The source of the sound was the sound negative. The goal of digital restoration was to make the film available in a form similar to what audiences would have seen at the time it was first released, in 1964,” - said Tereza Frodlová from the Czech National Film Archive.
I watched the Second Run Blu-ray but I eventually want to check out the extras from Criterion.
• Interview from 2009 with director Jan Němec
• A Loaf of Bread, Němec’s 1960 student thesis film, based on a short story by Arnošt Lustig
• Arnošt Lustig Through the Eyes of Jan Němec, a short documentary from 1993
• New interview with film programmer Irena Kovarova
• New video essay on the film’s stylistic influences by scholar James Quandt
• An essay by film critic Michael Atkinson
Second Run extras:
• A Loaf of Bread (Sousto) - Jan Nemec’s 1960 debut short film based on the story by Arnošt Lustig.
• New filmed interview with Eva Lustigová, daughter of author Arnošt Lustig.
• Audio commentary by film historian Michael Brooke.
• An appreciation of the film by Peter Hames.
• Trailer (2018).
• 20-page booklet featuring Michael Brooke’s essay on the film.