The Ear Blu-ray
World Cinema / Drama / Thriller

The Ear

In Karel Kachyňa's remarkable The Ear, a Communist Party functionary and wife find their house under surveillance and riddled with listening devices put there by his own ministry, and a harrowing night of dread and paranoia ensues.

One of the most courageous and innovative films of its time, fearlessly referring to many taboo subjects of the Stalinist era, The Ear was banned by the Czech authorities, and remained unseen for twenty years. This landmark film is an extraordinary mix of one of the most direct indictments of life under an oppressive totalitarian system and a not-so-private examination of a disintegrating marital relationship. 

“By far the best of the Czech movies banned when Dubček was toppled in 1969... the bitterest and most scathing account of what it takes to get ahead in a Communist bureaucracy"Time Out

"One of the most politically incendiary films to emerge from the Czechoslovak New Wave”
- East European Film Bulletin

“A boldfaced, haunting satire in the vein of Juraj Herz’s wicked, legendary The Cremator, Karel Kachyna’s Czech New Wave classic is as arresting as early Cassavetes and as paranoid as The Conversation, which came four years later”

1990 Cannes Film Festival / Palme d’Or nomination.

1990 Plzeň Film Festival / Winner: Golden Kingfisher

Production Year: 1970
Region Code: Free
UK Rating: 12
Running Time: 95 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English
Audio: 2.0 Dual Mono LPCM/16-bit
Aspect Ratio: 1.37:1
Colour: Black and White
Director Karel Kachyňa
Cast Jirina Bohdalová
Cast Radoslav Brzobohatý
Cast Gustav Opocenský


  • The Ear (Ucho, 1970) presented from a brand new restoration of the film from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive.
  • A filmed introduction to the film by writer and critic Peter Hames.
  • The Projection Booth commentary with Mike White, Ben Buckingham and Martin Kessler.
  • Booklet featuring writing on the film by Peter Hames, author and producer Steven Jay Schneider and journalist and critic Graham Williamson.
  • New and improved English subtitle translation.
  • Region free Blu-ray (A/B/C)
  • Original soundtrack in 2.0 Dual Mono 16-bit LPCM audio
  • World premiere on Blu-ray
  • + MORE tbc