(aka "Guy Maddin Collection: Twilight of the Ice Nymphs / Archangel / The Heart of the World")

 

directed by Guy Maddin
Canada 1990 - 2000

 

An addled romance about unrequited love involving an ostrich farmer, a one-legged mesmerist, a fisherman's sex-crazed widow, a psycho handyman, a paroled political prisoner and a fairy princess. Welcome back to the wacky and ofttimes wonderful world of Winnipegger Guy Maddin's strange brain. Having fun with freaks of his own invention is a Maddin tradition. As always, he places his rogues gallery in a fantasyland that invokes 1920s German expressionism, 1930s European mountain adventure films and timeless Grimm fairytales.

This latest film is more of the same, which is both a blessing and a slight curse. Maddin's work is beginning to appear to be endless variations on one theme. He is preoccupied with love stories that end in humiliation, loneliness, tragedy or death. While the surreal settings are unique to each of his films, they share the same fuzzy-focus, deliberately artificial, studio-built, wonderworld look. Shrouding it all an aching melancholy. So, if you have already seen films such as Careful and Archangel, this entry will seem familiar.

Excerpt from Bruce Kirkland's "Twilight" film review located HERE

Theatrical Release: Twilight of the Ice Nymphs - Sept. 6 1997 /  The Heart of the World - 2000 / Archangel - 1990

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DVD Review: Zeitgeist - Region 1 - NTSC

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Zeitgeist

Region 1 - NTSC

Runtime 181 min
Video

1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.12 mb/s
NTSC 720x480 29.97 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate

Audio Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Zeitgeist

Aspect Ratio:
Fullscreen - 1.33:1

Edition Details:
• Twilight of the Ice Nymphs - 92 min
•  - Commentary with Guy Maddin / GeorgeToles
•  - A clip from Waiting for Twilight
•  - Production Design gallery
• Archangel - 83 min
•  - Commentary with Guy Maddin / GeorgeToles / Greg Klymkiw / John Harvie
• The Heart of the World - 6 min
•  - Storyboards gallery
•  - Background Information

DVD Release Date: April 2, 2002
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Chapters 24
 

 

Comments Maddin fans will find this DVD absolutely essential. The three films presented here represent three different micro-phases in Maddin's career as I see it. The earliest being "Archangel"(1990), which is most like his earlier film "Tales from the Gimli Hospital"(1988) than the others. "Twilight" fits nicely into Maddin's middle Technicolor phase, where as "The Heart of the World" fits with his more recent hyper-expressionist films.

All three transfers look very good considering the director's intentions and filming methods. The transfer for "Twilight" is labeled as: "Director-approved full-frame aspect ratio 1.33:1". It looks very soft, which is completely intentional. There are moments during close-ups of nearly perfect clarity, which leads me to believe that any softness in the image is from the source.

"Archangel" exhibits a predictably inconsistent image. Black levels and gray scale are clearly better than other Maddin films already on DVD from the same time period. For example, when comparing this transfer to Kino's DVD of "Tales from the Gimli Hospital", it is of much higher quality. There are moments where bacteria stains are clearly visible. This is interesting because they have obviously been added for effect.

"The Heart of the World" is presented in 1.85:1 Letterbox and looks the worst of the three, but of course it’s all to plan.

The two commentaries are a very nice addition, but are not incredibly informative. The "Archangel" commentary betters the other possibly because of the increased personnel.

[This DVD (as well as every other Maddin film on DVD that I own) exhibits a form of ghosting that I cannot explain. It doesn't make sense that it would be the result of a PAL>NTSC conversion because these films are not available anywhere else in the world. Also, they all originate from within North America. It may be the result of Maddin using various film stocks, such as Super8 and 16mm, although I am not positive that this is a valid explanation]

Overall, this is an excellent collection and one very much worth owning. It gets
 out of   from me.

 - Mark Balson

 





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