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Assassin of the Tsar

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This special limited edition embossed and spot gloss slipcover (designed by Haunt Love) is limited to 2,000 units and is only available on our website and at select indie retailers. Absolutely no major retailers will be stocking them.

Deaf Crocodile is an L.A.-based Distribution + Restoration company focused on New, Independent, Lost/Unseen and World Cinema with a special interest in Animation, Cult Horror + Fantasy, LGBTQ films, and the work of neglected and underrepresented Filmmakers from across the spectrum. The company was founded by film restoration expert Craig Rogers and distributor / exhibitor Dennis Bartok. Vinegar Syndrome’s sister company, OCN Distribution, is thrilled to be representing Deaf Crocodile's brand new line of home video releases! 

From Karen Shakhnazarov, director of ZEROGRAD, ASSASSIN OF THE TSAR is a mysterious and labyrinthine psychological drama in which the tormented chambers of a patient’s mind come to warp everything around him, even the folds of history itself. In one of his finest latter-day performances, the great Malcolm McDowell (A CLOCKWORK ORANGE, TIME AFTER TIME) stars as Timofeyev, a severe schizophrenic in a dreary Soviet mental hospital who is convinced that, impossibly, he’s the killer of two Tsars: Alexander II in 1881 and Nicholas II in 1918. The thoughtful new head of the hospital, Dr. Smirnov (Oleg Yankovskiy) is determined to cure Timofeyev of his madness – but instead finds himself literally pulled back through time, inhabiting the ghosts of the past as they march towards their tragic destiny.

directed by: Karen Shakhnazarov
starring: Malcolm McDowell, Oleg Yankovskiy, Armen Dzhigarkhanyan
1991 / 104 min / 1.37:1 / English DTS-HD MA 2.0

Additional info:

  • Region A Blu-ray
  • New restoration from original 35mm elements by Mosfilm
  • New commentary track by film writer and historian Samm Deighan
  • New essay by film critic and historian Walter Chaw
  • New interview with star Malcolm McDowell
  • New interview with director Karen Shakhnazarov
  • Russian language version of film with different edit and score
  • Blu-ray mastering and authoring by David Mackenzie/Fidelity in Motion
  • English SDH subtitles