Distant Journey Blu-ray
Drama / Thriller / War

Distant Journey

Made in 1948, just a few short years after the horrors it strives to process, Distant Journey is one of the first feature films to tackle the subject of the Holocaust, and was the debut film from the controversial avant-garde visionary of Czech theatre, Alfréd Radok.


Set in the Bohemian town of Terezín as the Nazi transports to German extermination camps began in earnest, Radok's vividly experimental film blends documentary footage with a fictional love story between a Jewish woman and her gentile husband. A mix of raw expressionist intensity and analysis, Distant Journey presents a harrowing account of the Nazi horrors of the recent past and remains a stark, ever-relevant warning from history.


Distant Journey is a masterpiece. [...] Like Orson Welles, Radok was a man of the theatre and his use of film form has a comparable audacity.” Jim Hoberman, The Village Voice

“As much a revelation to all of us as were the films of Véra Chytilová, Milos Forman, or Jan Němec, all of whom were profoundly influenced by this tragically premature and anachronistic work of art.” Josef Škvorecký, A Personal History of Czech Cinema

Production Year: 1948
Region Code: B
UK Rating: 12
Running Time: 103mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English
Audio: 1.0 / 2.0 Dual Mono LPCM/24-bit
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Colour: Black & White
Director Alfréd Radok
Cast Blanka Waleská
Cast Otomar Krejca
Cast Viktor Ocásek


  • Distant Journey (Daleká cesta,1948) presented from a brand new 4K restoration of the film from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive
  • All-new Projection Booth commentary with Mike White, Samm Deighan and Kat Ellinger
  • The Opening of the Wells (Otvírání studánek, 1960): Alfréd Radok’s acclaimed short film inspired by a poem of Miloslav Bureš and set to Bohuslava Martinů's cantata of the same name
  • Butterflies Don't Live Here (Motýli tady nežijí, 1958) - a documentary film by Miro Bernat about the Terezín ghetto
  • Trailer
  • Booklet featuring new writing on the film by author and film historian Jonathan Owen
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Region free Blu-ray
  • Original soundtrack in 1.0 Mono / 2.0 Stereo LPCM (24-bit)

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