directed by Karim Hussain
Canada 199


This is the most amateurish cinematic junk I have ever seen on the digital versatile disc medium. I suspect that Hussain and his following thrive on criticism, so I'll be brief. Simply put its is plotless, pointless and could have been made by high school students with an excess of angst. A series of gore effects interspersed with obtuse camera angles - that is it. My comments for the other Sazuma screener (Cannibal Ferox) I received hold true...


"I really can't even classify this as anything - to me this isn't even film - it is 'anti-cinema'. It expresses all of the opposing attributes of what heights film is capable of reaching. Where a vision like Anh Hung Tran's "The Vertical Ray of the Sun" may express all the beauty of the world around us - family, love, desire - Subconscious Cruelty focuses on exploiting its audiences most base emotions. It is film-makers like this that should be honest and simply film live executions or traffic fatalities. There is nothing positive about this film and I question the emotional depth of anyone who creates or enjoys it."


Actually Cannibal Ferox looks like something from D.W. Griffith compared to Subconscious Cruelty. My advice to Hussain is - before making film, learn a little about cinema - watch Ozu, Tarkovsky and The Dardenne Brothers to gain a much needed perspective and centric base.... anyone can film themselves defecating and later call it 'art'.

Gary W. Tooze

Theatrical Release: October 12th, 2000

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DVD Review: Sazuma (DE) - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Sazuma - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:20:21 
Video 1.33:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: who cares 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.


Audio English (Dolby Digital 5.1) 
Subtitles English, German, Dutch, None

Release Information:
Studio: Sazuma

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.33:1

Edition Details:

• Introduction by the filmmaker
• Trailer

• 16 Page Booklet with liner notes by Dr. Marcus Stiglegger
Disc 2:
• 77-minute Making of Documentary 'A Subconscious Cruelty Christmas'
• Short film 'Divided Into Zero' by Mitch Davis
• The Making of 'Divided Into Zero'
• Unreleased tracks from David Kristian
• 'Divided Into Zero' Trailer 

DVD Release Date: April 4th, 2004

Book-style box case
Chapters: 18




Both combing and ghosting were evident indicating that it was not taken from an HD source nor progressively transferred (see last large capture). I was wondering why a Canadian indie film was produced as a DVD in PAL via Europe - because it is to more easily escape any censorship issues that arise, is my guess. There are well done English, German and Dutch subtitles. I couldn't access the advertised 1.66 version. We are forced to see the filmmaker's "statement" for 11 minutes prior to the start of the 'film'. It indicates his level of maturity. There are lots of extra features - mostly all filler - but that is how I feel about the main feature as well. Beautiful over-sized book-style boxset holding two disc and liner notes.  Why something like this is packaged so well and great directors work is bare-bones is really unjust.

Gary W. Tooze


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