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Animal Collective: Oddsac

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A Visual Album By Animal Collective and Danny Perez

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.

Review

A mind-frazzling piece full of vampire monks, demonic fakirs, and lengthy episodes of trance-inducing pattern loops. A confrontation and immersive experience. -- The Guardian

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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Product Details

  • Actors: Josh Dibb, Kyrian Friedenberg, Bill Homan, Rosemary Howard, Raigan Irons
  • Directors: Danny Perez
  • Producers: Brian Betancourt, Chris Ronis, Gary Hustwit, JoJo Li
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Plexifilm
  • DVD Release Date: August 10, 2010
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003SC9B16
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Animal Collective: Oddsac" on IMDb

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ODDSAC: A Visual Album by Animal Collective and Danny Perez brings up a lot of questions. What is a "visual album" anyway? Is it a series of music videos, a film with a cohesive narrative, or something else? Why won't the band release the soundtrack separately, not even for download? And what, if anything, were they trying to say with this movie? Clearly a lot of people are confused. Despite the film having been seen by thousands of people during the screening tours of March-August 2010, reactions so far have been confined to the "wow, it's pretty trippy" genre. Nobody seems to know what to say about this thing.

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.
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By Robert B. on September 30, 2010
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Great film. Highly recommended to anybody that has ever been a fan of Animal Collective's work. Also recommended to any fan of contemporary music and art.

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.
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My best friend and I are animal collective fans. We were so excitted to watch this visual album that we saw a lot of it on youtube. When I actually purchased the dvd I was bummed that maybe I ruined the expeirience through our premature youtube indulges. I must admit I would have enjoyed it more without the sneak peaks but thankfully even with this setback there's nothing like watching the full length visual album. Oddsac met my expectations and was a great buy well worth my money.
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By Chuck S on December 19, 2011
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Amazing. Unrelated shorts, non sequitur visuals with jarring musical interludes and awesome Animal Collective songs peppered in (Mr. Fingers, Tantrum Barb, What Happened, Screen, etc.). My only complaint is that it's only about an hour long, which I guess is a good thing since it left me wanting more, and it's a "visual album", not a movie.
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If you're reading this review, you're most likely already a fan of Animal Collective. If you are looking for some great new AC music in ODDSAC, you will definitely not be disappointed. There are a few amazing "standout" songs that will most definitely be stuck in your head for a long time, and there are some more abstract, trippier "interlude" pieces that are less vocally oriented but still hold their own as songs. If you buy ODDSAC and expect to watch a film with a protagonist and a major conflict/plot etc. , you need to get rid of those assumptions and just watch it, and let it sink in.

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.
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By Caleb on November 22, 2012
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Extremely good art video/visual album. Very trippy, creative, and innovative. A very good album by Animal Collective, and it works very well with the video. Sometimes the video seems to accompany the music, and sometimes the music seems to accompany the video, which I find very interesting..
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