When Robert Eggers burst onto the scene in 2015 with his feature directorial debut The Witch (often stylised as The VVitch), he instantly became a name to watch. In the years since, he has released two more incredible films – The Lighthouse and The Northman, the latter of which also releasing on 4K this month – but it is his first film that remains his masterpiece. The dark and haunting folk horror – also the debut of its lead, Anya Taylor-Joy – is an unforgettably chilling journey to 1630s New England and this new release from Second Sight Films is an essential purchase for collectors. With a new Dolby Vision HDR master supervised by Eggers, a wealth of new and archival special features, glorious packaging and a loaded 150 page book, this Limited Edition release is yet another jewel in Second Sight’s crown that further cements their well-earned reputation as the current leaders of physical media. An absolutely glorious and must-own release.
We took a closer look at the Limited Edition…
New England, 1630. Upon threat of banishment by the church, an English farmer leaves his colonial plantation and relocates his family to a remote plot of land on the edge of an ominous forest—within which lurks an unknown evil. Strange and unsettling things begin to happen —animals turn malevolent, crops fail, one child disappears and another seems to become possessed by an evil spirit. With suspicion and paranoia mounting, daughter Thomasin is accused of witchcraft.
- Dual format 4K UHD and Blu-ray (special features included on both discs)
- 4K UHD presented in Dolby Vision HDR approved by Robert Eggers
- Archive audio commentary by Director Robert Eggers
- New audio commentary by film writer and broadcaster Anna Bogutskaya
- A Puritan Nightmare: a new interview with Robert Eggers
- Embracing Darkness: a new interview with Anya Taylor-Joy
- Love Thy Father: a new interview Ralph Ineson
- A Pious Wife: a new interview with Actor Kate Dickie
- Caleb’s Lament: a new interview with Actor Harvey Scrimshaw
- A Primal Folktale: features interviews with Robert Eggers and cast
- BFI London Film Festival Q&A with Robert Eggers, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson and Producer Jay Van Hoy
- Brothers: a short film by Robert Eggers
- Optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired
Limited Edition Contents
- Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Peter Diamond
- 150 page hardback book with new essays by Emerson Baker, Daniel Bird, Anton Bitel, Charles Bramesco, Lillian Crawford, Shelagh Rowan-Legg and Anya Stanley plus stills, costume and production design gallery.
- 6 collectors’ art cards