Fascinating early works of some of Europe’s greatest directors to award-winning films from its most exciting new filmmakers. With over three and a half hours of films CINEMA16 is essential viewing for anyone with an interest in the moving image. All of the films are accompanied by audio commentaries (in English) by the directors themselves.

 

Classic and award-winning shorts from European filmmakers: previously unseen graduation films from Lars von Trier (Dogville) and Krzysztof Kieslowski (Three Colours Trilogy) ; early shorts from Jean-Luc Godard, Jan Kounen (Dobermann), Tom Tykwer (Run Lola Run) and Peter Mullan (The Magdalene Sisters); complete award-winning films with Anders Thomas Jensen's Oscar winner 'Election Night', Juan Solanas' Cannes Jury Prize winner 'The Man Without A Head', Chris Morris' BAFATA winner 'My Wrongs' and Virgil Widrich's Oscar nominated 'Copy Shop'...

 

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DVD Review: Warp Films - Region 2 - PAL

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Distribution Warp Films - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime Between 6 minutes to 20 minutes each - TOTAL: 210 minutes
Video Various Aspect Ratios (some 16X9)
Average Bitrate: 4.57 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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

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Audio Italian, French, English, German etc., - Various (Dolby Digital 2.0) - commentaries all in English
Subtitles English, French, Italian, Spanish, German, None
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Release Information:
Studio: Warp Films

Aspect Ratio:
Original Aspect Ratios (various - some 16X9 enhanced)

Edition Details:

 

1. Bara Prata Lite (Talk) - Lukas Moodysson (Sweden)
2. Le Batteur Due Bolero - Patrice Leconte
3. Charlotte Et Veronique, Ou Tous Les Garcons S'Appellent Patrick - Jean-Luc Godard (France)
4. Copy Shop - Virgil Widrich (Austria)
5. Epilog - Tom Tykwer (Germany)
6. Fridge - Peter Mullan (Scotland)
7. Il Giorno Della Prima Di Close-Up (The Opening Night Of The Close Up) - Nanni Moretti
8. Gisele Kerozene - Jan Kounen (Holland)
9. Harlig Ar Jorden (World Of Glory) - Roy Andersson
10. L'Homme Sans Tete (The Man Wihtout A Head) - Juan Solanas
11. Koncert Zyczen (Concert Of Wishes) - Krzysztof Kieslowski (Poland)
12. My Wrongs #8245-8249 & 117 - Chris Morris (England)
13. Nocturne - Lars Von Trier (Denmark)
14. El Secdleto De La Tlompeta - Javier Fesser (Spain)
15. Valgaften (Election Night) - Anders Thomas Jensen (Denmark)
16. Jabberwocky (Zvahlav aneb Saticky Slameného Huberta) Jan Svankmajer - 1971

 

Each film is accompanied by a commentary by the director

 

16-page liner notes booklet with color photos and descriptions included

DVD Release Date: June 5th, 2006
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Chapters: 16 (one each)

 

 

Comments:

This differs from the American Shorts release in that some of these transfers (ex. Only My Wrongs, L'Homme Sans Tete, Le Batteur Due Bolero) are anamorphic, all are progressive and all have director commentaries (which I have not fully gone through yet).

Overall, this DVD has very strong value to view some cinema short films that would otherwise be impossible to see. I'm very glad Warp Films have brought it, and the others, to DVD accessibility. I can't see many film fans not being curious enough to make the purchase with so many acclaimed directors having their work available in one package. It truly is another excellent collection.

The unnamed bonus short is a 13 minute long animation directed by Jan Svankmajer called Jabberwocky (Zvahlav aneb Saticky Slameného Huberta) - from 1971. A real mood piece!

I guess it is only natural to compare the Cinema 16 short DVDs and, in my opinion, the European one is by far the best (although I am only 1/3 the way through the British, I felt it was better than the American - which I also liked). Certainly transfer-wise it is superior - progressive with a few 16X9 enhanced, all have removable English subtitles (and French, Italian, Spanish and German), there are more director commentaries, and I enjoyed the films even more - a very rewarding, eclectic mix that seems to gel more cohesively in consecutive viewing. This is a fantastic DVD folks, one of our highest recommendations. I can't think that anyone owning and viewing wouldn't get a lot out of the tremendous selections. Some might even consider it essential viewing.

NOTE: This DVD is in the PAL format, Region 2, unlike the American Shorts which are in the NTSC (Region 0 ) standard.

Gary W. Tooze

 





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