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A Collection of 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films

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An impressive collection of the Oscar-nominated short feature films of 2005, including Six Shooter, a dark tale by Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, Our Time Is Up with Kevin Pollack as a psychiatrist, The Last Farm about death in rural Scandanavia, Runaway about a German child and man, Cashback, where a graveyard shift grocery store worker indulges in flights of fancy, plus 3 more and 2 cartoons. 2006/color/2 hrs., 42 min/NR.

A good idea here: to bundle those titles listed off at the Oscar ceremony in the short-films categories--most of which then disappear into the ether, never to be heard of again--and put them on a DVD. The 2005 Academy Award Short Films Collection gathers three animated and all five live-action and nominees together, thus providing over two and a half hours' worth of short-form cinema. The two winners are included, of course; the live-action winner is the 27-minute Six Shooter, and it is indeed the head-and-shoulders choice above the other entries. Watching it after the other films will demonstrate the difference between cleverness and vision. It's written and directed by the Irish playwright Martin McDonagh, whose dark plays have made him one of the most talked-about writers to emerge in the turn-of-the-century theater. A grieving husband (Brendan Gleeson) leaves his dead wife in the hospital, only to be confronted by a crazed youth (the excellent Ruaidhri Conroy, who was one of the kids in Into the West) on the train. What follows has its share of shockers, of which rabbit-cide and an exploding cow may be the least horrifying.

Other titles are Our Time Is Up, a cutesy thing with Kevin Pollack as a psychiatrist who radically changes his style; The Last Farm, a predictable Scandanavian tale of a man preparing for death in the countryside; Runaway, a German offering about a child and a man mysteriously drawn into each other's worlds; and Sean Ellis's Cashback, an 18-minute piece that earned the green light for feature expansion. Sean Biggerstaff stars as a daydreamer working the midnight shift at Sainsbury's supermarket, where he fantasizes about naked (and exclusively gorgeous) women. It's Guy Ritchie meets The Office, and a little too self-satisfied for its own good.

The winner for best animated short is the half-hour The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation, a very ambitious and emotionally raw work by John Canemaker, who recounts the difficult life of his Italian father. John Turturro and Eli Wallach provide the voices for son and father, as drawings illustrate the text. In another world is the Australian Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello, a Jules Verne-ish half-hour fantasy about a Victorian who takes to an airship, searching for a plague cure. The characters are rendered as silhouettes, but there is rich detail--if not always sure-footed storytelling--elsewhere. Badgered is a standard cartoon with the appeal of brevity. Two nominated cartoons are not included: 9 and Pixar's One Man Band, but two bonus shorts, Imago and The Fan and the Flower, are on the disc. --Robert Horton

Special Features

  • 8 short films nominated for 2005 Academy Awards in 2005
  • Bonus animated shorts "The Fan and the Flower" by Bill Plympton and "Imago" by Cedric Babooche

Product Details

  • Actors: Sean Biggerstaff, Emilia Fox, Stuart Goodwin, Michael Dixon, Michael Lambourne
  • Directors: Anthony Lucas, Bill Plympton, John Canemaker, Martin McDonagh, Rob Pearlstein
  • Writers: Anthony Lucas
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: July 25, 2006
  • Run Time: 162 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #92,897 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "A Collection of 2005 Academy Award Nominated Short Films" on IMDb

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In what I truly hope will become an annual series, Magnolia Pictures has released a compilation DVD including three of the five Academy Award nominees for Short Animation (including the winner, The Son and the Moon) and all five of the nominees for Live-Action Short (obviously, this includes the winner, Six Shooter). The two animated shorts not included here are One Man Band, which Pixar has included on the DVD release of Cars, and 9, which, as I understand it, has been optioned for expansion as a feature and which I hope will be included at some future date on DVD, either as an extra to the feature or in some other context. It would probably serve very well as bait to draw audiences to the feature when it is released if the short is available for home viewing on DVD at the time.

There are two extra animated shorts, which were not nominated and were presumably included to flesh out and balance the comilation. They are The Fan and the Flower and Imago and they are two of the highlights of an exceptionally strong lineup. There were only two relatively weak shorts on here, one animated and one live-action and even those two are well worth watching.

The standouts, however, are clearly the two winning shorts, which both clearly stand out in fairly strong fields, though the second best animated short is a bit closer to The Son and the Moon. Since the full title is rather lengthy, I'll just refer to it as Jasper Morello, as the editorial review here gives the full title. Both animated shorts could have been the winner without a drop-off, as they're that good.

Six Shooter is exceptional and nothing else really comes all that close. All the shorts are enjoyable, but Six Shooter is incredible.

If you like good short films, then by all means, buy this DVD. I hope a similar DVD comes out next year.
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Here are the titles:

Live Action
Ausreisser (The Runaway) - Ulrike Grote (German)
Cashback - Sean Ellis
The Last Farm - Runar Runarsson (Icelandic)
Our Time is Up - Rob Pearlstein
Six Shooter - Martin McDonagh - ACAD AWARD WINNER

Badgered - Sharon Colman
The Moon and the Son: An Imagined Conversation - John Canemaker - ACAD AWARD WINNER
The Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello - Anthony Lucas

Bonus Short Features
The Fan and the Flower - Bill Plympton
Imago - Cedric Babouche (French)
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I mainly bought this for the "Jasper Morello" animated short, but there's some nice surprises on here as well. Besides this compilation, I was only able to find "Jasper Morello" by itself for $25. & over. So, at $12. or so, this was a steal. There's other great material on here, but "Jasper" is worth the money alone! Grab it!!!
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This is truly a wonderful collection of short films. Although "Six Shooter" was the most critically acclaimed live action short, it was my least favorite of the lot. Ausreisser (The Runaway) is pure genius. Fan will also find "Cashback" and "Our Time is Up" to be both substantial as well as entertaining. The morbid "The Last Farm" is also masterful. The animated films are not as strong as the live action, and there were only 3 nominated this year. However, the DVD does contain 2 additional animated shorts that were not nominated, including the short that should have won, despite not even being nominated, "Imago". At about 2 1/2 hours in length, this DVD is a gem.
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This collection of short films contains both live action and animated shorts that were nominated for the 2005 Academy Awards. The films on the disc include the following.

OUR TIME IS UP--Kevin Pollack stars as a work at-home psychiatrist named Dr. Stern. When Dr. Stern is informed he has a terminal illness and only a few weeks to live, he begins giving his patients the one thing they need most in their lives: truth. Jorge Garcia (Hurley from LOST) has a small role as Dr. Stern's gardener.

THE RUNAWAY--a German film about a struggling architect who on the day of an important interview discovers that the young boy who suddenly appears outside of his apartment one morning is his son.

CASH BACK--a young Englishman works the night shift at a grocery store so that he can work on his art unhindered.

THE LAST FARM--an Icelandic picture about an old farmer and his wife who are leaving their isolated farm for a fancy retirement community in the city.

SIX SHOOTER--the winner of the 2005 Oscar for Best Live Action Short. This Irish movie is set largely on a train as a man returns home after the death of his wife. On the trip he sits next to an interesting young man who seems to say just the right thing to upset people, but is charming nonetheless.

BADGERED--an animated short about a badger who tries to get a peaceful rest in his hole in the middle of a hill, but is interrupted by two cawing black birds and later by some very unusual objects.

THE MOON AND THE SOON--the winner of the 20005 Academy Award for Best Animated Short. This dramatic cartoon is an imaginary conversation between the artist and his deceased father. John Turturro performs the voice of the animator.
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