Quay Brothers - The Short Films 1979-2003
The Cabinet of Jan Švankmajer (1984) This Unnameable Little Broom (1985)
Street of Crocodiles (1986) Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (1987)
Stille Nacht I - Dramolet (1988) The Comb (1990) Anamorphosis (1991)
Stille Nacht II - Are We Still Married? (1992) Stille Nacht III - Tales From Vienna Woods (1993)
Stille Nacht IV - Can't Go Wrong Without You (1994) In Absentia (2000)
The Phantom Museum (2003) Nocturna Artificialia (1979) The Calligrapher (1991)
The Summit (1995) Archive Interview (2000) The Falls (1980)
BFI has collaborated with the inimitable Quay
Brothers to release a truly comprehensive
compilation of their short films on DVD; a world
first. The Quays were extensively involved with the
preparation of the DVD, personally supervising the
transfers, recording commentaries on selected
titles, and contributing an exclusive 20-minute
illustrated video interview.
Releases: 1979- 2003
DVD Review: BFI (2-disc) - Region 2 - PAL
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Average Bitrate: 6.17 - 5.98 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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Disc 1 - The Films
Disc 2 - Footnotes
DVD Release Date: November 20th,
This is quite an encompassing package... and quite daunting to review. Honestly, I didn't expect to get much out of it, until I started and I found the viewings very pleasurable and the commentaries quite rewarding. As far as the quality goes, as the Quay brothers had such extensive input into the digital productions, I can't imagine there ever being a better DVD set with their, fairly clandestine, early shorts. The transfers are progressive in the PAL standard for Region 2. There are optional subtitles for the features (although dialogue is pretty much non-existent) and for the commentaries as well.
I didn't watch these shorts consecutively but spaced it out with gaps to try to digest what I had seen - so it took a while as there is over 300 minutes of material (13+ shorts). Interesting extras include the aforementioned commentaries, an intro by the Quays and an archive interview. Moody, bizarre, Burtonesque stuff. Its not for everyone but I recommend!
Commentary Subtitle Sample
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