Diamonds of the Night Blu-ray
Drama / War

Diamonds of the Night

Presented from the new 4K restoration of the film which premiered at the 2018 Cannes Film Festival, Second Run are delighted to present a new Blu-ray Special Edition of Jan Němec's masterful and harrowing Diamonds of the Night.

Němec’s debut feature is considered one of the most thrilling and startlingly original works of cinema. Told almost without dialogue, it chronicles the tense and desperate journey of two teenage boys who escape from a German train bound for a Nazi concentration camp during World War II.

With its virtuoso cinematography, inspired editing and brilliantly utilised soundtrack, the film is a landmark of the Czechoslovak New Wave. Its themes of man’s perpetual struggle to preserve human dignity in the face of unimaginable horrors remain fearsomely relevant today.

"An absolutely essential viewing experience"
- Glenn Kenny

"An extraordinary debut, and an intense experience... Honest, pure, and with a dark beauty all of its own."
- Cine Outsider

"Němec’s technique is as emotionally intuitive as it is masterful, purposefully scrambling past and present, handheld realism and Buñuellian surrealism. It’s a torrent of life - and cinema - in the face of death."
- Time Out

"Everything about the film, cinematography, editing, sound and the performances sit perfectly to create a truly brilliant piece of work. I have never forgotten the film."
- Marc Isaacs

Production Year: 1964
Region Code: Free
UK Rating: 12
Running Time: 68 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English
Audio: 2.0 Dual Mono LPCM/24-bit
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Colour: Black & White
Director Jan Nemec
Cast Ladislav Jánsky
Cast Antonín Kumbera
Cast Ilse Bischofova


  • Diamonds of the Night (Démanty noci, 196) presented from a new 4K restoration from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive<
  • Jan Němec’s debut short film A Loaf of Bread(Sousto, 1960)
  • All-new audio commentary by film historian Michael Brooke.
  • New filmed interview with Eva Lustigova, daughter of author Arnošt Lustig.
  • A filmed appreciation by Peter Hames
  • Booklet featuring Michael Brooke's substantial essay on the film.
  • Trailer (2018)
  • New and improved English subtitle translation.
  • World premiere on Blu-ray.
  • Region Free Blu-ray (A/B/C)
  • Original soundtrack in Dual Mono 24-bit LPCM audio.