- Includes Witchcraft Through the Ages (1968): The 76-minute version of Haxan, Narrated by William S. Burroughs, with a Soundtrack Featuring Jean-Luc Ponty
- New Digital, Speed-Corrected Transfer of the Swedish Film Institute's Tinted Restoration
- Commentary by Danish Silent Film Scholar Casper Tybjerg
- Benjamin Christensen's Introduction to the 1941 Re-Release
- Rated: Not Rated
- Closed captioning available
- Run Time: 1 hours, 44 minutes
- Video: Black & White
- Released: October 16, 2001
- Originally Released: 1920
- Label: Criterion
- Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
- Packaging: Keep Case
- Single Side - Dual Layer
- Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
- Dolby Digital 5.1 - English
- Dolby Surround - English
- Additional Release Material:
- Introduction: Benjamin Christensen
- Audio Commentary: Casper Tybjerg (Scholar)
- HAXAN (1922 Swedish version with English subtitles; 104 mins)
- WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES (1968 version with narration by William S. Burroughs; 74 mins)
Performers, Cast and Crew:
Uncut - 09/01/2007
4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] gives an eerie sense of actually having been made during the 15th and 16th centuries."
Description by OLDIES.com:
Grave robbing, torture, possessed nuns, and a satanic Sabbath: Benjamin Christensen's legendary film uses a series of dramatic vignettes to explore the scientific hypothesis that the witches of the middle ages suffered the same hysteria as turn-of-the-century psychiatric patients. But the film itself is far from serious - instead it's a witches' brew of the scary, gross, and darkly humorous. The Criterion Collection is proud to present two versions of this genre-defying "documentary," for the first time ever on DVD.
An terrifying assault on the eyes, Benjamin Christensen's 1922 documentary is a landmark film of witchery, possession, and sadism. Originally released under the Swedish title HAXAN, this eerie, unusual film experience uses seven chapters to illustrate a history of myths and beliefs regarding the occult. The film uses animation, creature effects, nightmarish sets, reenactments of satanic rituals and intense sexual imagery to weave a tale that ranges from being darkly humorous to severely disturbing. The original version ran 104 minutes and exists both in black and white and in a tinted Swedish Film Institute version.
HAXAN is commonly available as the re-cut WITCHCRAFT THROUGH THE AGES, a version that runs 74 minutes. Voice over narration by William S. Burroughs and a score by Jean-Luc Ponty in this cut only strengthened the film's status as a cult classic.
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- Copyright A.B. Svensk Filmindustri 1922.