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directed by Wim Wenders
Germany/France/UK 2011

 

Wim Wenders turns to 3D HD video for this tribute to the late modern dance choreographer Pina Bausch (1940-2009), featuring performances by several of her dancers on stage, sets, out in the city and the country (it is a tribute to her style that the dance performances themselves seem to segue into one another and the modern moves blend with a diverse array of musical choices. Even without the 3D enhancements, Wenders camera gives the viewer a more dramatic perspective from the front-oriented stage audience with multiple angles and POV shots that give us clearer views of the dancers' expressive faces. Little is imparted about Bausch's upbringing, philosophy, or working methods; however, Bausch (in archival footage) and her students emphasize (in talking heads and voiceovers) that dance is more powerfully evocative than words. It would make a good double feature with Henry Joost and Jody Lee Lipes' filmed recreation of Jerome Robbins' NY EXPORT: OPUS JAZZ.

Eric Cotenas

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Theatrical Release: 24 February 2011 (Germany)

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DVD Review: Artificial Eye - Region 0 - PAL

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Artificial Eye

Region 0 - PAL

Runtime 1:39:06 (4% PAL speedup)
Video

1.86:1 Original Aspect Ratio

16X9 enhanced
Average Bitrate: 7.48 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

Audio German Dolby Digital 5.1; German Dolby Digital 2.0 stereo
Subtitles English, none
Features Release Information:
Studio: Artificial Eye

Aspect Ratio:
Widescreen anamorphic - 1.86:1

Edition Details:
• Interview with Wim Wenders (16:9; 7:07)

DVD Release Date: September 12th, 2011
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Chapters 12

 

Comments

Criterion Blu-ray reviewed HERE

Shot on HDCAM in 3D (screened both in 35mm and D-Cinema), PINA comes to UK DVD in 2D, but it is still a ravishing visual and aural experience. Artificial Eye announced a Blu-Ray, which was then canceled (one may still be in the works, but there is no further word). Wenders appears in a short interview that focuses more on the 3D shooting than on Pina Bausch (he reveals that the interview snippets seen and heard in the film were not actually intended for use at all in the final product).

IFC Films have picked up the title for the US, but have not announced a street date for the DVD (and have not mentioned the possibility of a Blu-Ray as yet). Blu-Ray editions are available in Germany (a 2 BD set) and France (2 BDs and a DVD version)

  - Eric Cotenas

 


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