Anti-Clock (2-disc) [Blu-ray]
(Jane Arden + Jack Bond, 1980)
Review by Gary Tooze
Theatrical: Kendon Films Ltd.
Region: FREE! (as verified by the Momitsu region FREE Blu-ray player)
Disc Size: 24,418,977,779 bytes
Feature Size: 19,855,948,224 bytes
Video Bitrate: 23.99 Mbps
Case: Standard Blu-ray case
Release date: July 27th, 2009
Aspect ratio: 1.33:1
Video codec: MPEG-4 AVC Video
LPCM Audio English 2304 kbps 2.0 / 48 kHz / 2304 kbps / 24-bit
• DVD of Anti-Clock: Jack Bonds re-edit (2005, 87 minutes)
Vibration (1975, 36:29
in HD!): Arden and Bonds experimental Super-8 video/ film
Sebastianne Saville stars as a young fellow who reacts to the modern, atom-dominated society by withdrawing from it. He 'makes peace' with the threat of nuclear holocaust by wandering aimlessly about, refusing to be bound by minutes, hours or days. Originally conceived as a short film by producer Jack Bond and director Jane Arden, ANTI-CLOCK was given the feature length treatment to contain its ambitious subject matter.
'Anti-Clock... is great!' Andy Warhol
"Anti-Clock,'' the joint directorial effort of Jane Arden and Jack Bond, would be funny if it were seven minutes long. At full length, its sincerity is suffocating. Miss Arden and Mr. Bond clearly are troubled by the quality of life in this fragmented age and never let a truism, a platitude or a patch of purple prose go unrepeated two or three times. Most of the film is composed of video images, at least half of them close-ups of Joseph Sapha, played by Sebastian Seville, who also plays someone called Professor Zanov, who is trying to straighten out poor Joseph Sapha.
Aside from this film probing the absolute depths of extreme artistic weirdness - the Blu-ray admittedly looks appropriately very rough and real. The single-layered transfer exports an intensely grainy appearance. This was never meant to look pristine - and so, the accurate BFI transfer, doesn't. The video bitrate is about 24 Mbps and I don't think dual-layering or a vast increase in file size would benefit the image quality. This looks as it looks - and now you are aware. Certainly not for the faint of heart when it comes to tight narratives or brilliantly glossy visuals. This is as raw as it gets.
CLICK EACH BLU-RAY CAPTURE TO SEE ALL IMAGES IN FULL 1920X1080 RESOLUTION
I'm sure no one was expecting a grandiose artificial 5.1 bump here. The linear PCM 2.0 track at 2304 kbps seems less 'organic' than the image. It is the only audio option. The track tries to export the most accurate-to-original quality and it sounds quite clean with intentional faux-sounds - as far as I am aware. There are optional subtitles in English only and, like the other Blu-ray Arden offerings, my Momitsu has identified this as being region FREE!
As typical with BFI and Criterion - video supplements are in HD and we get Arden and Bond's, similarly rough visual offering, an experimental Super-8 video (and it really looks it!) from 1975 entitled Vibration. It runs a shade more fluidly than the main feature and lasts a bare-able 37-minutes. There is also the original trailer and a fully illustrated booklet with contributions by Jack Bond, Chris Darke, and Penny Slinger and also reviews, biographies and credits. Ooopppsss... almost forgot - we also get a second dics DVD of Jack Bonds 2005 re-edit of Anti-Clock lasting 87 minutes.
July 20th, 2009
About the Reviewer: Hello, fellow Beavers! I have been interested in film since I viewed a Chaplin festival on PBS when I was around 9 years old. I credit DVD with expanding my horizons to fill an almost ravenous desire to seek out new film experiences. I currently own approximately 7500 DVDs and have reviewed over 3000 myself. I appreciate my discussion Listserv for furthering my film education and inspiring me to continue running DVDBeaver. Plus a healthy thanks to those who donate and use our Amazon links.
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