UK 1994 / 1997
Patrick Keiller's imaginative and highly original two films each document a
journey undertaken by the unseen 'researcher' Robinson and his similarly unseen
companion, the film's narrator (voiced by Paul Scofield). Scathing reflections
on the recent past are enlivened by offbeat humour and wide-ranging literary
Theatrical Release: February 19th 1994 (Berlin International Film Festival)
DVD Review: BFI - Region 2- PAL
|Distribution||BFI Video - Region 2 - PAL|
|Runtime||1:21:30 (London) + 1:18:18 (Robinson)|
Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 5.60 + 6.66 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.
Robinson in Space
|Audio||English (Dolby Digital 1.0)|
• The full colour booklet accompanying this DVD contains the essays The
Secret City by Mike Hodges and London: Necropolis of fretful ghosts by
Iain Sinclair. It also includes the text of a conversation between
historian Patrick Wright and Patrick Keiller.
If the bitrate charts are accurate 'London' is HD-sourced where 'Robinson in Space' may be analog - as there are no horizontal pans it is almost impossible to be sure. All shots are with a static camera. I do think 'Robinson' may be slightly saturated and hazier, but it is a very small degree - both images look quite excellent. Both discs offer optional, defined, English subtitles and both have clear monaural audio. Scofield's narration is, of course, excellent. Beautifully packaged it comes with a 30-page booklet with pertinent essays, interviews and documented conversations.
These two filmic journal/essays are strongly recommended to cinema fans and those keen on both independent and historical/sociological film. out of
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