Cinema16 is pleased to announce the US release of Cinema16: European Short Films (US edition). This two-disc edition features previously unseen short films and early works by some of today's most notable filmmakers, as well as award-winning films from its rising stars including Christopher Nolan, Roy Andersson, Jan Svankmajer, Ridley Scott, Lars Von Trier and Nanni Moretti. In addition to the films, the set contains over three hours of commentaries and a 16-page color booklet.

 

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DVD Review: Warp Films (2-disc) - Region 0 - NTSC

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Distribution Warp Films - Region 0 - NTSC
Runtime Between 7 minutes to 27 minutes each - TOTAL: 218 minutes
Video Various Aspect Ratios (some 16X9)
Average Bitrate: 7.9 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.

Bitrate:  Disc 1

Bitrate:  Disc 2

Audio Italian, French, English, German etc., - Various (Dolby Digital 2.0) - commentaries all in English
Subtitles English, (some are non-removable)
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Release Information:
Studio: Warp Films

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

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Edition Details:

 

1. The Man Without a Head- Juan Solanas (France)
2. Wasp - Andrea Arnold (United Kingdom)
3. Doodlebug- Christopher Nolan (United Kingdom)
4. World of Glory- Roy Andersson (Sweden)
5. Je T'aime John Wayne- Toby MacDonald (United Kingdom)
6. Gasman- Lynne Ramsay (Scotland)
7. Jabberwocky- Jan Svankmajer (Czech Republic)
8. Fierrot Le Pou- Matthieu Kassovitz (France)
9. Rabbit- Run Wrake (United Kingdom)
10. Copy Shop- Virgil Widrich (Austria)
11. Boy and Bicycle- Ridley Scott (United Kingdom)
12. Nocturne- Lars Von Trier (Denmark)
13. Before Dawn- Balint Kenyers (Hungary)
14. Election Night- Anders Thomas Jensen (Denmark)
15. Six Shooter- Martin McDonagh (Ireland)
16. The Opening Day of Close-Up- Nanni Moretti (Italy)

 

Each film is accompanied by a commentary by the director

 

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

DVD Release Date: September 25th, 2007
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Chapters: 16 (one each)

 

Comments:

One  would have to say this US version of the European shorts is somewhat inferior to the Region 2 counterpart (reviewed HERE) in both content and transfer quality. 

A few of the same shorts (and still 16 of them) are present. Duplicated from the PAL DVD edition  are Copy Shop - Virgil Widrich (Austria), Nanni Moretti's Il Giorno Della Prima Di Close-Up (The Opening Night Of The Close Up), Harlig Ar Jorden (World Of Glory) by Roy Andersson, L'Homme Sans Tete (The Man Without A Head) - Juan Solanas, Nocturne - Lars Von Trier (Denmark), Valgaften (Election Night) - Anders Thomas Jensen (Denmark), Jabberwocky (Zvahlav aneb Saticky Slameného Huberta) Jan Svankmajer 1971.

Unfortunately missing (possibly for a legal rights situation) are films from notables Godard, Kieslowski, Moodysson, Leconte and Tykwer (among others). These are healthy omissions although it does maintain the award-winning films; Anders Thomas Jensen's Oscar winner 'Election Night', Juan Solanas' Cannes Jury Prize winner 'The Man Without A Head', and Virgil Widrich's Oscar nominated 'Copy Shop'....

New shorts for the series - not available on the PAL edition - are Wasp by Andrea Arnold from the UK, Christopher Nolan's Doodlebug, Toby MacDonald's Je T'aime John Wayne, Lynne Ramsay's Gasman, Matthieu Kassovitz's Fierrot Le Pou (France), Rabbit by Run Wrake, Ridley Scott's Boy and Bicycle, Before Dawn by Balint Kenyers from Hungary, Election Night - Anders Thomas Jensen (Denmark) and Six Shooter by Ireland's Martin McDonagh. Memorable for me were Jensen's and Ramsay's films.

Certainly transfer-wise it is inferior - interlaced (ex. Wasp) with a few 16X9 enhanced (but some are letterboxed), all have English subtitles (but a few are actually burned-in - ex. World of Glory) and there are director commentaries (one for each film - same ones from the PAL release from 2006 for those films that are duplicated). Just to mention - Nocturne appears very dark - darker than I recall it being on PAL release.

I think I still enjoyed it more than the American shorts (reviewed HERE) and I loved the commentaries sometimes more than the films themselves. These are great to show friends who drop by if you don't want to settle in for a full feature film. I've done that before with Solanas' The Man Without A Head (anamorphic in the European version but letterboxed on this DVD). It's a kind a amusing diversion that requires very little attention.

This is such an eclectic selection that it's hard to give anything but a personal opinion and I feel certain everyone would get, at least, something out of package. I'm appreciative that these DVDs were put together and enjoyed my viewings although I was slightly disappointed at having so many rehashed from the one I saw last year. As far as price goes this has great value. 

NOTE: This DVD is in the NTSC format, Region 0, the same as the American Shorts which have the same standard and coding.

Gary W. Tooze



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