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  • Actors: Sam Douglas, Charlotte Asprey, Richard Brake, Lola Garcia, John Golightly
  • Directors: Andrea Jublin, Christian E. Christiansen, Daniel Barber, Guy Thys, Philippe Pollet-Villard
  • Writers: Christian E. Christiansen, Elmore Leonard
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: 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: Magnolia
  • DVD Release Date: May 6, 2008
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0014D5R9Q
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,708 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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A collection of short films nominated for the 80th Annual Academy Awardsr, including both winners of live action Le Mozart Des Pickpockets (The Mozart of Pickpockets) and animated Peter and the Wolf.

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The others are kind of depressing or something about them doesn't quite sit right.
Karl Kronlage
This collection of short films, both live action and animation, is really cool and the variety of themes and subject matter is astonishing.
John Sheridan
I understand that building suspense is desirable, but one film in particular left me confused, not satisfied, at the end.
Frank

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44 of 45 people found the following review helpful By Galina on June 30, 2008
Collection of 2007 Academy Award Nominated Short Films (2007) on DVD is the only chance to see the majority of Oscar nominated short live-action and animated films for the 80th Academy Awards Short Film category, including the animated winner, "Peter and the Wolf," and the live-action winner, "The Mozart of Pickpockets."

"Peter and the Wolf", U.K. slow motion animation directed by Suzie Templeton, is set in contemporary rural Russia and is much darker that several previous adaptations of Sergei Prokofiev's suite for children.

French "The Mozart of Pickpockets" is an amusing, well acted Comedy/Crime from the lives of two out of luck Con Artists in Paris. One day they found themselves taking care of the immigrant deaf-mute boy who turned to be a better pickpocket than two professionals.

The other entries in the collection are:

Short live action:

"At Night," (Denmark) - one Holiday week in the lives of three young girls (18-20 years) that spend it in the cancer ward.

"The Substitute," (Italy) - One day, a very unusual teacher walks in the class room of a regular high school in the big city.

"Tanghi Argentini" - my favorite in this category. This s a charming and funny little Christmas film set on the passionate sound of Tango with a twist in the end that sure will make you smile with delight.

"The Tonto Woman" - the only English language film in the category, it is an adaptation of Elmar Leonard story about a strong, proud, and beautiful woman who was kidnapped by Indians, and when found after 11 years by her husband, she was rejected by him and had to live all alone in the cabin in the desert until one day a Mexican-American cattle rustler comes across her cabin and into her life...
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29 of 30 people found the following review helpful By J. Paulsonn VINE VOICE on May 7, 2008
This collection of the best of short films of 2007 includes the following:

LIVE ACTION

1. AT NIGHT - A Zentropa Entertainments 10 Production: Christian E. Christiansen and Louise Vesth [40 min.]
2. IL SUPPLENTE (The Substitute) - (Sky Cinema Italia) A Frame by Frame Italia Production: Andrea Jublin [16 min.]
3. LE MOZART DES PICKPOCKETS (The Mozart of Pickpockets) (OSCAR WINNER) - (Premium Films) A Kar Production: Philippe Pollet-Villard [30 min.]
4. TANGHI ARGENTINI - An Another Dimension of an Idea Production: Guido Thys and Anja Daelemans [14 min.]
5. THE TONTO WOMAN - A Knucklehead, Little Mo and Rose Hackney Barber Production: Daniel Barber and Matthew Brown [36 min.]

ANIMATED

1. MADAME TUTLI-PUTLI- (National Film Board of Canada) A National Film Board of Canada Production Chris Lavis and Maciek Szczerbowski [17 min.]
2. MEME LES PIGEONS VONT AU PARADIS (Even Pigeons go to Heaven) - (Premium Films) A BUF Compagnie Production Samuel Tourneux and Simon Vanesse [9 min.]
3. PETER AND THE WOLF (OSCAR WINNER) - (BreakThru Films) A BreakThru Films/Se-ma-for Studios Production Suzie Templeton and Hugh Welchman [33 min.]

In the animated category, the films I MET THE WALRUS and MY LOVE (Moya Lyubov), both of which were nominated, are not represented in this collection.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By W. P. Fleischmann on April 27, 2009
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2007's nominated short films in both live action and animation deliver a high-quality program of emotional range from the somber to the light-hearted. There is not a weak piece in the lot.

Unfortunately, the captivating Russian animated short "My Love" is not included in this collection, though it is available for download/purchase on its own.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Frank on October 21, 2012
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Interesting collection of shorts. As with any collection, some appealed to me more than others. I understand that building suspense is desirable, but one film in particular left me confused, not satisfied, at the end. Nice balance between "humor" and "serious", both live action and cartoons. I got insight into films that almost made it, but didn't.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful By M. Hallman on June 10, 2008
When the Academy Awards for short films are given out, they draw little attention-- after all, who's seen them? Well, here's your chance to see most of the nominees from 2007. Almost all are at least interesting; some are much more than that. But this collection makes you wonder about some of the people who actually vote on the awards-- though anyone who hasn't done that at some point hasn't been paying attention. Of the live-action shorts, "At Night" is emotionally shattering for much of its length, but is marred somewhat by a too-pat ending. "The Mozart of Pickpockets", which won the award, is quite funny in places, but is nowhere near as original or imaginative as "Il Supplente", which probably should have won. "The Tonto Woman", based on an Elmore Leonard story, is the story of a woman exiled by her husband after she was kidnapped by an Indian tribe and had her face tattooed, and a cattle rustler who forces those who cast her out to confront her face-to-face. "Tanghi Argentini" is mildly amusing, but really doesn't belong in this company. Of the animated shorts, the major disappointment is finding that the maudlin "Peter and the Wolf" won the award-- particularly since one of its characters may be the worst-animated cat ever to appear on film. "Even Pigeons Go to Heaven" is black humor with a twist(ed) ending. The real revelation in this collection is "Madame Tutli-Putli". The story may leave you puzzled, but the level of visual imagination on display in it is astounding-- it towers over everything else in this collection. That it didn't win the award makes you wonder where the Academy members who voted on these mislaid their eyes.
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