Win a Dual Format Copy of THE SAGA OF ANATAHAN [ENDED]

PrintE-mail Written by Starburst Friday, 11 August 2017


With Eureka releasing Josef von Sternberg’s The Saga of Anatahan as part of their ever-expanding, excellent Masters of Cinema series, we’ve managed to get hold of three Dual Format copies of this release to give away to some lucky readers.

The final work directed by von Sternberg, this World War II drama was initially released in 1953, and the film has gone on to be revered as a true standout over the years where war pictures are concerned.

To be in with a chance of winning a copy of The Saga of Anatahan, simply answer the below question:

In what decade is the action of The Saga of Anatahan set?

a) 1940s

b) 1970s

c) 2000s

Email your answer, along with your address details, to  This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it labelled The Saga of Anatahan before midnight on Sunday, August 20th.

To give you an idea of what to expect from this mesmerising masterpiece, be sure to check out the below trailer:

The official word on this release reads as follows:

Eureka Entertainment to release THE SAGA OF ANATAHAN, Josef von Sternberg’s vulnerable tale of human trauma, survival and redemption, for the first time on home video in the UK on Blu-ray as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition on 14 August 2017.

Josef von Sternberg – the innovative director with an unmatched eye for detail and a reputation for his intensity – brings to life this vulnerable tale of human trauma, survival and redemption.

Set during the dying stages of World War II, The Saga of Anatahan tells the story of twelve Japanese seaman stranded on a forgotten island for seven years. Accompanied only by Keiko (Akemi Negishi), a young Japanese woman, all rationality and discipline are soon overcome by a struggle for power and control over Keiko’s affections.

Narrated by Sternberg himself, the director positions himself as the story’s unconscious viewpoint amidst his other trademark qualities: lush mise-en-scene, theatrical lighting and bleak yet poignant storytelling. The Masters of Cinema Series is proud to present the film on Blu-Ray for the first time on home video in the UK in a special Dual Format edition.


- Reversible Sleeve

- 1080p presentation from a new 2K restoration of the uncensored 1958 version of the film

- Uncompressed PCM soundtrack (on the Blu-ray)

- Optional English subtitles

- The complete 1953 version of the film (Blu-ray only)

- A new interview with Asian film expert Tony Rayns

- Whose Saga? - A visual essay by critic Tag Gallagher

- Saga: The Making of Anatahan – An interview with Nicolas von Sternberg

- U.S. Navy footage of the actual survivors of Anatahan, immediately after their surrender

- Unused footage originally filmed specially for the 1958 version of the film

- Original theatrical trailer

- PLUS: A booklet featuring a new essay by Philip Kemp, alongside rare archival imagery

THE SAGA OF ANATAHAN, Josef von Sternberg’s vulnerable tale of human trauma, survival and redemption, is available for the first time on home video in the UK on Blu-ray as part of The Masters of Cinema Series in a Dual Format (Blu-ray & DVD) edition from 14 August 2017, and can be purchased here.

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Eureka Entertainment and STARBURST do not accept any responsibility for late or lost entries due to the Internet or email problems. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt. Entrants must supply full details as required on the competition page, and comply with all rules to be eligible for the prizes. No responsibility is accepted for ineligible entries or entries made fraudulently. Unless otherwise stated, the Competition is not open to employees of: (a) the Company; and (b) any third party appointed by the Company to organise and/or manage the Competition; and (c) the Competition sponsor(s). This competition is a game promoted STARBURST. STARBURST's decision is final in every situation and no correspondence will be entered into. STARBURST reserves the right to cancel the competition at any stage, if deemed necessary in its opinion, and if circumstances arise outside of its control. Entrants must be UK residents and 18 or over. Entrants will be deemed to have accepted these rules and to agree to be bound by them when entering this competition. The winners will be drawn at random from all the correct entries, and only they will be contacted personally. Prize must be taken as stated and cannot be deferred. There will be no cash alternatives. STARBURST routinely adds the email addresses of competition entrants to the regular newsletter, in order to keep entrants informed of upcoming competition opportunities. Details of how to unsubscribe are contained within each newsletter. All information held by STARBURST will not be disclosed to any third parties. 



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