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Format: DVD
Sku: 40159866
UPC: 037429161722
UPC 14: 00037429161722
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Swedish masterpiece which weaves factual images into a shocking drama of witchery and satanic possession.
Editor's Note
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.


Video Features DVD, Aspect Ratio 1.33:1, Dolby Digital (5.1)

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Release Information
Video Mfg Name Studio: Home Vision/Public Media
Video Release Date Release Date: 10/16/2001
Video Play Time Running Time: 104 minutes
Video Release Year Original Release Date: 1920
Video CategoryId Catalog ID: 010
Video UPC UPC: 00037429161722
Video Number of Discs Number of Discs: 1

Audio & Video
Video Audio Spec Available Audio Tracks: English [CC], English Narrated, Swedish Title Card
Video Subtitle Available Subtitles: English
Video Color Spec Video: B&W

Aspect Ratio
Video Aspect Ratio 4:3

Cast & Crew

Video Cast Info Astrid Holm
Video Cast Info Elisabeth Christensen
Video Cast Info Karen Winther
Video Cast Info Maren Pedersen
Video Cast Info Benjamin Christiansen - Director
Video Cast Info Johan Ankerstijerne - Director of Photography
Video Cast Info Launy Grondahl - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Emil Reesen - Musical Score
Video Cast Info Benjamin Christiansen - Writer

Professional Reviews

4 stars out of 5 -- "[The film] gives an eerie sense of actually having been made during the 15th and 16th centuries." 09/01/2007 p.123

Product Attributes

Product attributeActor:   Christensen,Benjami
Product attributeMusic Format:   DVD
Product attributeVideo Format:   DVD
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