Comic Book Confidential

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The documentary Comic Book Confidential comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include an introduction by Kevin Smith, an interview with director Ron Mann, trailers, and a story from each of the artists featured in the film. This is a solid release from Home Vision that will thrill any comic book enthusiast.
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Overview

The documentary Comic Book Confidential comes to DVD with a standard full-frame transfer. The English soundtrack is rendered in Dolby Digital Stereo. There are neither subtitles nor closed-captions on this release. Supplemental materials include an introduction by Kevin Smith, an interview with director Ron Mann, trailers, and a story from each of the artists featured in the film. This is a solid release from Home Vision that will thrill any comic book enthusiast.
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Special Features

Digitally remastered; Original theatrical trailers: "Comic Book Confidential," "Grass," and "Twist"; Introduction by Kevin Smith (director of "Clerks," "Chasing Amy," "Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back"); Interview with Ron Mann; Artist bios; Comic Book Archive: a story by each featured artist
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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Craig Butler
Clearly filmed on a budget (as are most documentaries), Comic Book Confidential has a grainy, low-key look and feel to it, almost the cinematic equivalent of the pulp paper upon which comic books were originally published. This gives the film something of a disreputable aura to it, perfectly in keeping with the rather disreputable reputation of its subject -- and that's all to the good. Comic Book Confidential maintains an irreverent attitude, even as it honors comic books and their creators. Using an overview approach, it doesn't delve too deeply into any one area (production, working conditions, personal philosophies, etc.), which is probably just as well. Almost any one of the creators interviewed could be the subject of a full-length documentary (as, of course, Robert Crumb has been). Still, there are enough insights and moments of revelation to keep this from being just a skin-deep look. Directors Charles Lippincott and Ron Mann have been creative in adapting a static visual medium into a moving visual medium, incorporating devices such as limited animation, camera sweeps, pans, and interesting and mutable juxtapositions of panels and images. This last device is especially effective when applied to Frank Miller's talking TV heads from The Dark Knight Returns. The directors also have many of the artists read from their stories, which works better in some instances than in others. Most of the artists come across well, seeming relatively comfortable in front of the camera, and it's interesting to see many of them at work. Also of note is the soundtrack, which makes use both of original and preexisting songs. Thoroughly enjoyable, Comic Book Confidential is a good introduction to the varied world of comic books and the people who make them.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 7/23/2002
  • UPC: 037429167526
  • Original Release: 1989
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  • Source: Homevision
  • Aspect Ratio: Pre-1954 Standard (1.33.1)
  • Presentation: Black & White
  • Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Language: English
  • Time: 1:25:00
  • Format: DVD

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Lynda Barry Participant
Robert Crumb Participant
William M. Gaines Participant
Frank Miller Participant
Bill Griffith Participant
Stan Lee Participant
Technical Credits
Charles Lippincott Director, Producer, Screenwriter
Ron Mann Director, Editor, Producer, Screenwriter
Joan Churchill Cinematographer
Robert M. Fresco Cinematographer
Don Haig Producer
Robert Kennedy Editor
Steve Munro Sound/Sound Designer
Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet Score Composer
Nicholas Stirling Score Composer
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Scene Index

Side #1 --
1. Titles [2:54]
2. In the Beginning [5:59]
3. Is It Art [4:39]
4. Oh Horror! [6:09]
5. Experts & Censors [5:28]
6. Mad [3:47]
7. Superhero Comeback [4:25]
8. Underground [8:01]
9. Freedom of Speech [7:11]
10. Women and Comics [2:31]
11. Zippy [2:59]
12. Real Life [7:31]
13. Her Special Day [2:35]
14. Raw [8:06]
15. Propaganda [4:40]
16. Superhero Redux [3:57]
17. Enduring Art Form [3:50]
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Menu

Side #1 --
   Play
   Chapters
   Extras
      Kevin Smith Introduction
         Play Intro
      Comic Book Archive
         William M. Gaines
         Will Eisner
         Jack Kirby
         Al Feldstein
         Harvey Kurtzman
         Stan Lee
         Robert Crumb
         Victor Moscoso
         Spain
         Gilbert Shelton
         Dan O'Neill
         Shary Flenniken
         Bill Griffith
         Harvey Pekar
         Jamie Hernandez
         Lynda Barry
         Paul Mavrides
         Francoise Mouly
         Charles Burns
         Sue Coe
         Art Speigelman
         Frank Miller
      Interview With Ron Mann
         Play Interview
      Theatrical Trailers
         Comic Book Confidential
         Twist
         Grass
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