The Fifth Horseman is Fear Blu-ray
Drama / War

The Fifth Horseman is Fear

Set in Prague, this powerful tale is informed as much by Czech resistance to Soviet impositions as it is by the torments of the Nazi era.

A Jewish former doctor is compelled to work cataloguing the confiscated homes and possessions of fellow Jews. When asked to secretly treat a wounded resistance fighter he is plunged into a moral dilemma, and begins a nightmarish odyssey to save the man.

Focussing on the intense anxiety, paranoia and terror prevalent in any totalitarian system, Zbynek Brynych’s The Fifth Horseman is Fear subverts its historical context, creating a frighteningly relevant portrait of a society ruled by fear.

A nearly perfect film... it is unmistakably the work of a master... a beautiful, distinguished work.” Roger Ebert

Superlatively photographed... exceptionally powerful in both concept and execution... Brynych's stark, symbolic explorations of human despair lift The Fifth Horseman to a high level of creative cinema.” Time Magazine

Beautifully and thoughtfully made… Bynych becomes with this movie quite simply one of the best directors we have.” New York Times

Production Year: 1965
Region Code: Free
UK Rating: 15
Running Time: 98 mins
Number of Discs: 1
Language: Czech
Subtitles: English
Audio: 2.0 Dual Mono LPCM
Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
Colour: Black & White
Director Zbynek Brynych
Cast Miroslav Machácek
Cast Olga Scheinpflugová
Cast Zdenka Procházková
  • The Fifth Horseman is Fear (…a pátý jezdec je Strach, 1964) presented from a new HD transfer from original materials by the Czech National Film Archive
  • A newly-recorded Projection Booth audio commentary with Kat Ellinger, Jonathan Owen and Mike White
  • Two ‘lost’ sequences: the Italian Prologue, and the notorious Nazi brothel sequence that appeared in the 1968 American and Italian release versions of the film
  • ┼Żalm (1966) - a short film by the renowned Czech filmmaker Evald Schorm to commemorate the tragic destiny of the Jewish people
  • 20-page booklet with new writing on the film by Jonathan Owen, and an appreciation by filmmaker Dominik Graf
  • New English subtitle translation
  • World premiere release on Blu-ray