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By Brakhage: An Anthology

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Overview

The works of Stan Brakhage, one of America's most influential and original experimental filmmakers, finally make their way onto home video in this superb anthology from The Criterion Collection, where they've been given a caring presentation on DVD. The 26 short films on By Brakhage: An Anthology have been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Most of the films are silent, and the few with sound have little, if any, appreciable dialogue; the audio has been mastered in Dolby ...
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Overview

The works of Stan Brakhage, one of America's most influential and original experimental filmmakers, finally make their way onto home video in this superb anthology from The Criterion Collection, where they've been given a caring presentation on DVD. The 26 short films on By Brakhage: An Anthology have been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Most of the films are silent, and the few with sound have little, if any, appreciable dialogue; the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, with no multiple language options. Bonus materials include several short "video encounters" with Brakhage, who discusses his work and his philosophies; thoughts on several of the films from the director; and short descriptions and a new essay from Brakhage scholar Fred Camper.
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Special Features

New high-definition digital transfers of all 26 films; Video encounters with the filmmaker; Reflections on selected films by Stan Brakhage; New essay and film capsules by Brakhage expert Fred Camper; Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition
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Editorial Reviews

Barnes & Noble - Eddy Crouse
Bursting perceptual dams and the boundaries of what could be committed to celluloid, the films of the avant-garde titan Stan Brakhage cover virtually every event in human perception from birth to death -- and everything in between. His manipulations of image and light in his 400-some films have served and continue to influence countless artists, mainstream and otherwise. Now the innovator's 26 most fantastic films have been gathered for By Brakhage: An Anthology, titled after the director's famous title card "signature," often scratches made directly onto the film. Compiled shortly before the director's death in 2003, the DVD set is a sublime, mind-blowing, and meditative experience that is indispensable for anyone interested in American experimental cinema. Sampling all phases of Brakhage's career, the innumerable highlights include: Dog Star Man, the wild rite of passage of the solitary artist made manifest through superimpositions, highly personal handheld camerawork, scratching on film and repetition of sequences; Mothlight and The Garden of Earthly Delights, two astonishing camera-less films created by affixing wings, leaves, and various objects directly onto celluloid with Mylar tape; Window Water Baby Moving, a poetic, graphic, revelatory visual diary of the pregnancy of Brakhage's wife Jane; and The Act of Seeing with One's Own Eyes, wherein an autopsy shot by Brakhage in a Pittsburgh morgue opens up a world that is as cosmically graphic as it is infinitely sympathetic. Among the package's modest supplements, which include an interview with the filmmaker, is an essay by film critic and Brakhage aficionado Fred Camper. He describes a jolt of turbulence that occurred during a flight around the time of the filmmaker's death, comparing it to sudden a vacuum of air caused by the passing of a life so grand.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 6/10/2003
  • UPC: 715515014021
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: 1
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Mono
  • Language: English
  • Time: 4:03:00
  • Format: DVD
  • Sales rank: 17,677

Cast & Crew

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