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Criterion Collection: By Brakhage - An Anthology Volumes One and Two

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The Criterion Collection actually issued two separate box sets of work by avant-garde pioneer Stan Brakhage over a 7-year period - the first volume in 2003 and the second in 2010. This package presents the entire two-volume set, and does so in the crystal-clear Blu-Ray format. Volume one includes 26 shorts, a series of video encounters with the filmmaker entitled Brakhage on Brakhage, and audio remarks on selected films by the late director. Volume two presents high-definition digital transfers of thirty Brakhage...
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Overview

The Criterion Collection actually issued two separate box sets of work by avant-garde pioneer Stan Brakhage over a 7-year period - the first volume in 2003 and the second in 2010. This package presents the entire two-volume set, and does so in the crystal-clear Blu-Ray format. Volume one includes 26 shorts, a series of video encounters with the filmmaker entitled Brakhage on Brakhage, and audio remarks on selected films by the late director. Volume two presents high-definition digital transfers of thirty Brakhage shorts, plus a host of features including footage from the filmmaker's Sunday salons at the University of Colorado; the short film For Stan (directed by widow Marilyn Brakhage); audio recordings of lectures by Brakhage; an essay on the preservation of the films, written by Mark Toscano; two segments from a 1990 interview with Brakhage, done for The Boulder Arts Commission; and much more.
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Special Features

Volume One:; High-definition digital transfers of all twenty-six films, with uncompress audio for those with sound; Brakhage on Brakhage, four video encounters with the filmmaker; Audio remarks on selected films by director Stan Brakhage; ; Volume Two:; New high-definition digital transfers of all thirty films, with uncompressed audio for those with sound; Brakhage pn Brakhage, three video encounters with the filmmaker; For Stan, a 2009 short film by Brakhage's wife, Marilyn Brakhage; Two segments from a 1990 video interview with Brakhage for the Boulder Arts Commission; Footage from Brakhage's Sunday salons at the University of Colorado; Audio recordings of two lectures by Brakhage, one from the Beckwith Lecture Series and on Gertrude Stein's poem Stanzas in Meditation
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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: 5/25/2010
  • UPC: 715515059718
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  • Source: Criterion
  • Region Code: A
  • Presentation: Full Frame
  • Time: 11:29:00
  • Format: Blu-ray
  • Sales rank: 11,240

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