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In this stunning showcase of seventeen short works from designer, animator, and director Dave McKean (Mirrormask), surreal and evocative images combine with strange and original stories, to create a world of memory and dreams. Blending live-action, drawings, collage, and computer animation--the films included in this definitive collection share sensibilities with his award-winning comics (Sandman, Cages, Mr. Punch, Signal To Noise) and children’s books collaborations (The Wolves in the Walls, Coraline). From the disquieting ghost story "N[eon]" to the playful creation narrative "The Week Before", these films evoke both the earliest experiments in silent cinema, and the most contemporary of digital creations. The film ‘Show + Tell’ traces the evolution of McKean’s moving picture works, and his mall, trusted team that would progress to making feature films.

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  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: NEW VIDEO GROUP INC
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000P6R5V6
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #290,761 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Abraham Morales on October 5, 2008
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First of all, I must say that I'm a huge Dave Mckean fan, I've bought every graphic novel, comic and art book he's made and some of the CDs he's designed even if I didn't like the music. I've always admired his way of telling stories, his visuals are astounding and fantastic. I've waited years for these short films to be collected in one single dvd and after seeing the whole contents I have to say that I'm dissapointed. Here's why: as hard as it is for me, I've really come to accept that Dave McKean fantastic abilities to tell a story in a graphic novel are not the same when it comes to film. The moving image acts and reacts very different than the still visuals. Dave's photos and illustrations are very rich and filled with symbols, details and situations, but somehow, his genious doesn't apply to cinematics at all. Ultimately, his short films result in a boring experience because a beautifully composed image isn't enough to support and develop a great story. This breaks my heart, but also makes me realize the capabilities and shortcomings of an artist. Not all great writers are great artists and viceversa and for some time McKean proved that he could be more than that in every field he dared to set foot in. 'The week before' is his only masterpiece in the cinematic medium so far and I believe that is because of the simple but cleverly well staged production and the funny story and brilliant acting.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Sid Ceaser on October 29, 2008
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Keanoshow features all of Dave McKean's moving pictures and film projects over the last decade. This compilation also features clips that Dave created while still in art college, and show a terrific mind working through creative expression while at university. This collection features some films that have previously been seen on VHS (The Week Before, [N]eon), as well as stuff that has never been seen by Dave fans before.

This dvd is split up into categories that showcase his short films, commercials, advertising, etc and feature quite a fine mix of examples of his genre-busting artworks.

My one nitpick with this DVD is I would have LOVED to have some kind of commentary by Dave on each of his pieces, but as it stands, I simply love that I can now own all of Dave's short films on one DVD and can re-watch them as many times as I need.

This is the perfect bookend to watch with "Mirrormask", and I can't recommend this release enough. It is the perfect moving pictures portfolio for my favorite visual artist of our generation.

Bravo to Dave for finally making this collection a reality.
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Dave McKean's Keanoshow is both an inspiration and a caution for visual artists working in motion. In this large collection of short films, well-regarded illustrator/comic book artist Dave McKean translates his visual style into film using puppets, masks, actors and computer graphics. The work is sumptuously beautiful, but in the end is difficult to watch because it functions more like painting-in-motion than film. The problem is not the weakness of the narratives or stories as much as the way that McKean treats film as an extension of visual art. Film works best when told through the viewpoint of its characters. McKean, on the other hand, is always present in his work trying to design and compose his characters into existence. By imposing his vision from without, he sucks the spontaneity out of his creations, objectifying them. The effect is like watching storyboards in motion awaiting a spark of life.

Perhaps the most effective pieces here are the films. The use of real sets and the palpability of the film grain gives them an energy and integrity missing in the CG work. In his CG videos, McKean superimposes scratch film effects in an attempt to reinvest these videos with liveliness. But while this surface effect aspires to energy it ultimately discloses only the quick and easy reality of computer compositing.

Audiences interested in this kind of video/film may enjoy Chris Shepherd's short film Dad's Dead available on youtube and at higher res on the Sunshine DVD. Shepherd's approach is similar, but ultimately more successful in its ability to meld the layered, spatial world of visual art/special effects with the sequential nature of film.
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By S. Ouellet on September 15, 2008
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I haven't watched everything yet (taking it slowly...) but it's definitely one of the greatest compilations of shorts I've ever seen.
Anyone who like stories with mystery and "weird" visuals, and care for a special touch to the image composition will surely enjoy this.
There's also a lenghty retrospective documentary which is really worth watching, since it's full of experiments.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Melvin Bradley on November 9, 2008
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Having seen DVDs of Dave McKean's filmic influences, namely The Brothers Quay and their wonderful stop-motion short films, I see what he's trying to do. He's more interested in conveying a sense of mood rather than giving the viewer all the answers. This isn't really about what kind of story you tell, but what kind emotions can be generated by the audience without giving everyone narrative cues to guide them. In a way, he's stripped film of all those bits of trickery we've gotten used to in order to get us see it's potential in whole other way. Leave your expectations at the door and maybe you'll get more enjoyment out this DVD.
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