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ODDSAC is a feature film collaboration between the band Animal Collective and filmmaker Danny Perez, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in early 2010 and has screened to sold-out audiences in dozens of US cities. The film was co-conceived by and stars Animal Collective, whose 2009 album "Merriweather Post Pavillion" was named album of the year by SPIN, Entertainment Weekly, and Pitchfork, and topped critic's end of year lists worldwide. ODDSAC is a dense and surreal layering of audio and visual elements that eschews conventional narrative to create a visceral viewing experience.
ODDSAC represents a new synthesis of music and film, a "visual album" whose songs will not be released in any other form. It features an original score with new songs from the band and complex digital manipulation by Perez, a debut filmmaker and visual artist known for his concert projections with musicians such as Black Dice and Panda Bear, Perez and Animal Collective have also collaborated on two music videos ("Who Could Win A Rabbit" and "Summertime Clothes"), and a major art installation piece Transverse Temporal Gyrus, which occupied the entire Guggenheim Museum in New York City. ODDSAC is the result of over four years of intense collaboration between Perez and the band.
DVD package includes the 55-minute film, with new songs and score by Animal Collective, 40-page art book in a slipcover case, high-definition transfer, 5.1 surround sound audio.
Whatever visual sustenance your everyday life may provide, this intense rush of unadulterated imagination will leave you feeling alive and invigorated. ODDSAC's baffling nature is also its greatest charm - sit back, disengage your critical faculties and allow the vivid colours and sounds to assault your senses. It's the nearest you can get to an out-of-body experience without touching the hallucinogens. -- GQ
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That's understandable. Even though it's only 54 minutes long, ODDSAC is a film that's impossible to get in one viewing. It's densely constructed, both visually and musically. It also operates in dream logic using a combination of mythological, elemental (as in the four elements) and abstract imagery. And Animal Collective music. So yeah, it's pretty trippy. But though it's not narrative in any traditional way, it does have a definite structure, a reason why one scene follows another and not some other way around.
This sequence of sound-filled images seems to function like one of those sharply-experienced dreams. It sticks in your head, but getting something out of it requires some effort on your part. The more you put the pieces together yourself, the more meaning it will have. Additionally, it is the only movie I know which successfully combines vampires and marshmallows.
The soundtrack contains some of Animal Collective's most achingly beautiful and thornily abstract music. I imagine that it would be great to listen to on its own.Read more ›
This is a little more than just a long music video. There is a minor plot and some consistent characters. Don't expect the plot to go anywhere major though. This film is more about the experience, feelings and emotions that the music and visuals can create together. I recommend watching this film at night or in a very dark room turned up way loud.
What makes ODDSAC so unique is that it's almost really a new medium of art. It's not quite an album, it's not quite a film, it's definitely not just a series of music videos, and if you separate the visuals from the music (I have the audio ripped for my ipod), there is definitely something lacking, especially if you watch it before you listen to any audio rips (which I would highly recommend doing). There is almost nothing to compare ODDSAC to; I've scoured the internet for anything remotely similar with few, if any results. The closest thing there is out there to ODDSAC is probably the Pink Floyd: The Wall film, which is definitely more of a coherent film than ODDSAC, or maybe The Beatles Yellow Submarine cartoon film. Comparing these two films to ODDSAC is still a bit of a stretch, because both films were made after the music was made. The music for ODDSAC was produced right alongside the visuals, and the result is an amazingly cohesive and collaborative, albeit unique and confusing, piece of visual art.Read more ›
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Awesome film and some of the best songs Animal Collective has written! A must see for any AnCo fanPublished 3 months ago by Amazon Customer
Very trippy, obviously. Good music. Roller coaster vibes. Everything from joy-like to nightmarish themes.Published 19 months ago by Zach Schiermann
it's perfect. contains a lil booklet with cool graphics and pictures. no problems at all. i love oddsac, it's so interesting. although, definitely not for any new anco fansPublished on December 14, 2013 by lmt
tOP 3 MOVIES EVER WATCHED. IF YOU LIKE THIS CHECK OUT GENESIS, TRIPPY AS WELL BUT IN A DIFFERENT VAIN THAN ODDSAC. Read morePublished on September 1, 2013 by nicole
I had found the audio to this film online before I decided to purchase the actual DVD and I have never been happier. Read morePublished on March 15, 2013 by Isaac Garcia
I loved this movie. It's basically a 50ish minute long music video. It's got some great music by Animal Collective. Buy it if you're a fan of theirs. Read morePublished on November 4, 2010 by Ashton Elaine