The VVitch (2016) | Robert Eggers’ chilling debut gets a 4K UHD/Blu-ray release

‘Rarely has a film this oppressive been so impressive’
★★★★ Empire

‘An atmospheric chiller rooted in the fertile soil of religious zealotry, social isolation and original sin… chilling study of fear and the devils that live within us all’
★★★★ The Observer

From Second Sight Films comes Robert Eggers’ multi-award-winning directorial debut feature, The VVitch, in a collectable limited edition box-set, including both 4K UHD and Blu-ray versions (available from 25 July 2022).

In 1630s New England, prideful English settler William (Ralph Ineson) relocates his wife Katherine (Kate Dickie) and four children to a secluded plot after a dispute with his Puritan colony elders. The family builds a farm beside a secluded forest, but things start to unravel when a fifth child, Samuel, disappears shortly after his birth.

While the devastated family are unaware that a witch has stolen the unbaptised Samuel to make a magical flying ointment, more strange events occur, and suspicion soon falls on eldest daughter Thomasin (Anya Taylor-Joy), who finds herself accused of witchcraft. What follows next, is very dark and disturbing indeed.

A masterful exercise in man versus nature conflict and religious extremism, The VVitch scored positive reviews when it played at Sundance in 2015, but it really took off following its wide release in 2016. Although Eggers thought his film had its faults (which he discusses in the extras), it became his calling card, and, thanks to her mesmerising performance, turned Anya Taylor-Joy into a bonafide star. It also benefits from some powerful turns from Ineson and Dickie, although even they agree (again in the extras) that Black Philip is the one everyone talks about. He’s even got his own very collectable Funko POP vinyl figure.

The VVitch requires multiple viewings just to appreciate those performances and Eggers’ haunting visuals (especially the witches’ sabbath scene), and so this limited edition box-set is just the ticket. Kudos to Second Sight Films for the fabulous extras, especially the inciteful interviews with the cast and Eggers, which give you a greater appreciation of the production process. Also included is Eggers’ short film, Brothers, which he made to show potential investors that he could actually direct. 

SPECIAL FEATURES
• Features 4K UHD and Blu-ray with bonus features on both formats
• 4K UHD presented with new Dolby Vision HDR grade
• Archive audio commentary by Director Robert Eggers
• New audio commentary by film writer and broadcaster Anna Bogutskaya
A Puritan Nightmare: a new interview with Robert Eggers
Embracing Darkness: a new interview with Anya Taylor-Joy
Love Thy Father: a new interview with Ralph Ineson
A Pious Wife: a new interview with Actor Kate Dickie
Caleb’s Lament: a new interview with Actor Harvey Scrimshaw
A Primal Folktale: features interviews with Robert Eggers and cast that was made during filming on location
• BFI London Film Festival Q&A with Robert Eggers, Anya Taylor-Joy, Ralph Ineson and Producer Jay Van Hoy
• Brothers: a short film by Robert Eggers
• Optional English subtitles for the hearing impaired
• Rigid slipcase with new artwork by Peter Diamond
• 150-page hardback book with new essays by Emerson W Baker, Daniel Bird, Anton Bitel, Charles Bramesco, Lillian Crawford, Shelagh Rowan-Legg and Anya Stanley, plus stills, costume and production design gallery.
• 6 collectors’ art cards

About Peter Fuller

Peter Fuller is an award-winning print, radio and television journalist and producer, with over 30 years experience covering film and television, with a special interest in world cinema and popular culture. He is a leading expert on the life and career of Vincent Price and actively promotes the actor's legacy through publications, websites and special events.

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