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Closely Observed Trains Dual Format
Comedy / Drama / Romance

Closely Observed Trains

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Shy teenage virgin Miloš gets his first job as a railway dispatcher and is suddenly forced to confront the realities of the adult world, not least the temptations of the opposite sex. But they in turn are more attracted to his more experienced colleague Hubička and his distinctive way with an inkpad and rubber stamp…

This could easily have fuelled a light comedy, but Jiří Menzel’s bittersweet feature debut is set during World War II in Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, and the various farcical goings-on threaten to distract attention from the far more pressing business of staying alive – especially since German trains are being attacked by resistance fighters and everyone is under suspicion of collaboration.

Co-written by the great Czech novelist Bohumil Hrabal (author of the classic source novella), Closely Observed Trains won Menzel a Best Foreign Film Oscar when he was still in his twenties, and it remains one of the best-loved of all Czech films.

Production Year: 1966
Region Code: Free
UK Rating: 12A
Running Time: 92
Number of Discs: 2
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English
Audio: LCPM Mono
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Colour: B&W
Director Jiri Menzel
Cast Václav Neckár
Cast Josef Somr
Cast Vlastimil Brodský


  • New 4K restoration by the Czech National Film Archive
  • High Definition Blu-ray (1080p) and Standard Definition DVD presentations
  • Original Czech soundtrack in uncompressed PCM mono audio
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Appreciation by Peter Hames, author of The Czechoslovak New Wave
  • Archival interviews with director Jiří Menzel, cinematographer Jaromír Šofr and film historian Jan Lukeš
  • Closely Observed Films: Michael Brooke explores the six-film collaboration between Menzel and novelist Bohumil Hrabal
  • Reversible sleeve featuring two pieces of artwork from the original release

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