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Ant Farm Video (2003)

The Ant Farm , Chip Lord  |  NR |  DVD
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: The Ant Farm
  • Directors: Chip Lord
  • Format: NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: VIDEO ARTS
  • DVD Release Date: May 18, 2004
  • Run Time: 127 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001LJCKM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #397,873 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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On July 4, 1975, two artists dressed as astronauts barreled their auto, dubbed the Phantom Dream Car, full speed through a San Francisco parking lot into a pyramid of televisions for a spectacular piece of performance art called the Media Burn, put on by the Ant Farm, a group of radical architects, video and performance artists and visionaries. The Media Burn is presented here in its entirety, restored and digitally remastered, with commentaries by the artists. Also included are additional Ant Farm features Cadillac Ranch 1974/1994, Ant Farm's Dirty Dishes, Inflatable Illustrated, and more.

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3.0 out of 5 stars Not Endorsed by Uncle Milton. August 22, 2004
Elsewhere, I've heard some complain that the material presented on Ant Farm Video has lost relevance over the years. While certainly, one must keep the context of these pieces in mind, to label them as irrelevant is quite harsh, and in my opinion, untrue.

Some of the material is uninteresting and tedious to watch. This is most true of "Inflatables Illustrated," a 21-minute tutorial on how to make inflatables from household items. The technique is interesting, but to present it at such length was unnecessary. Likewise, "Ant Farm's Dirty Dishes" amounts to nothing more than the Ant Farm testing out film equipment with some rather uninteresting skits and dialogue. Lastly, "World's Longest Bridge" is a real-time (24 minute) film of the Ant Farm -you guessed it- crossing the World's Longest Bridge. A bit of an endurance test, to be sure, reminiscent of some of Andy Warhol's films.

But, the disc also contains some very interesting material as well.

The main attraction is perhaps Ant Farm's most memorable stunt, "Media Burn." While much of the material in this piece is certainly dated, the actual image is still rather impressive. This piece also includes opitional commentary, which provides a great deal of insight to the project, as well as it's lasting impact.

Moving right along, the "Cadillac Ranch" piece integrates footage from the inception of the Ranch with the 20th anniversary celebration in 1994. Also included as one of the hidden films is a CBS news clip from the 1970s on Cadillac Ranch (this can be accessed from the "Info" section under Cadillac Ranch: On the second page, use your up key to highlight 'Cadillac Ranch' in the text).

Slightly less interesting, but still amusing is "Time Capsule 1972-1984.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Weird, but Worth a Watch June 10, 2013
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Get exposed to a different world, feels like a documentary made by an independent filmmaker before it was hip to shoot documentaries. Which it was. Extremely slow at times, but exposure to this different world was an interesting notch in the belt for me. Remember that really weird kid in high school that no one understood and was totally on his own planet? ... he made this film.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Media Burn March 24, 2006
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The Media Burn footage is a must-see for anyone interested in performance art, or 1970s American Art.
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