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The World According to Shorts' NINE NATION ANIMATION festival features a generally impressive, disturbing, hilarious, and affecting roster of features from around the globe. In Norway's "Deconstruction Workers," two construction workers come to the realization that alienation is the norm as the world around them self-destructs. In Turkey's "Average 40 Matches," a box of matches sacrifices the odd one out in order to take a drag of a cigarette (which ultimately consumes them all). In France's "Bamiyan" a Chinese monk and a tiger travel to Afghanistan to see the Buddhist statues of Bamiyan. In the Irish/German co-production "Please Say Something," a workaholic cat and an abusive novelist mouse have a dysfunctional relationship that takes some David Lynchian turns. In Belgium's "Flatlife" four residents are unable to peacefully co-exist in four adjoining apartments. In Croatia's "She Who Measures," placated consumers litter the landscape with pop culture detritus. In "Home Road Movies," a British family experience Europe in a snazzy traveling car "without forgetting who won the war." In South Africa's "The Tale of How," an engineer mouse comes up with a way to defeat Otto the Sea Monster. Finally, in Sweden's "Never Like the First Time!" two men and two women from diverse backgrounds have alternately nostalgic and traumatic memories of their first sexual experiences.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: September 29th,  2010 (USA)

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DVD Review: New Yorker Films - Region 0 - NTSC

Big thanks to Eric Cotenas for the Review!

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New Yorker Films

Region 0 - NTSC

Runtime 1:21:51
Video

1.78:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 5.92 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.

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Audio Various (Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo)
Subtitles English (burnt-in)
Features Release Information:
Studio: New Yorker Films

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.78:1

Edition Details:
• DECONSTRUCTION WORKERS [Bygningsarbeidere] (Kajsa Naess, Norway, 16:9; 5:43)
• AVERAGE 40 MATCHES [Ortalama 40 çöp] (Burkay Dogan/M. Sakir Arslan, Turkey, 4:3; 2:28)
• BAMIYAN (Patrick Pleutin, France, 4:3; 14:11)
• PLEASE SAY SOMETHING (David O'Reilly, Ireland/Germany, 4:3; 10:30)
• FLATLIFE (Jonas Geirnaert, Belgium, 4:3; 10:44)
• SHE WHO MEASURES [Ona koja mjeri] (Veljko Popavic, Croatia, 16:9; 7:06)
• HOME ROAD MOVIES (Robert Bradbrook, UK, 16:9; 11:35)
• THE TALE OF HOW (The Blackheart Gang, South Africa, 4:3; 4:24)
• NEVER LIKE THE FIRST TIME! [Aldrig som första gången!] (Jonas Odell, Sweden, 4:3; 15:06)
• Bonus Film: THE RUNT (Andreas Hykade, Germany, 16:9; 10:09)
• Trailer (16:9; 1:39)
• Trailers for THE WORLD ACCORDING TO SHORTS and L'ORIGINE DE LA TENDRESSE AND OTHER STORIES

DVD Release Date: October 25th, 2011
Digipack in slipcover

Chapters 10

 

Comments

New Yorker Films presents the nine shorts in one 16:9 program stream and image quality is variable. The 1.78:1 and 1.33:1 shorts look the best (although the widescreen "Home Road Movies" has fuzzy ending titles), while a couple others that were 4:3 letterboxed look softer (I'm not sure if you are supposed to be able to read the word bubbles in "Flatlife" but it's hilarious without them).

All of the shorts are in Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo (only "Deconstruction Workers" sports a "Dolby Digital" logo in its closing credits, but it is probably still stereo). "The Runt" from Germany is a disturbing bonus short. Trailers for this program and two other "World According to Shorts" programs are included.

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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