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Since the late 1970s, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have made a unique contribution to animation in general and the puppet film in particular. Filtering arcane visual, literary, musical, cinematic and philosophical influences through their own utterly distinctive sensibility, each Quay film rivets the attention through hypnotic control of décor, music and movement, evoking half-remembered dreams and long-suppressed childhood memories, fascinating and deeply unsettling in turn.
This new two-disc set contains thirteen of their classic short films in brand-new, restored and remastered editions, plus a collection of footnotes including extensive interviews, alternative versions, unrealized pilot projects and more. The Quays were extensively involved with the preparation of this set--from personally supervising the transfers to recording audio commentaries for selected works.
Zeitgeist Films is proud to present Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers in exclusive slipcase packaging--with a 24-page illustrated booklet including an extensive Quay Brothers Dictionary and a new essay by film critic Michael Atkinson.
DISC ONE: THE FILMS
The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (1984)
*This Unnameable Little Broom (Epic of Gilgamesh) (1985)
*Street of Crocodiles (1986), plus original treatment
Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (1987)
*Stille Nacht I (Dramolet) (1988)
The Comb (1990)
*Stille Nacht II (Are We Still Married?Read more ›
I just can not believe there are not so many reviews about this excellent release of their short films, the first Tool music videos rip them off, Tim Burton`s The Nightmare Before Christmas is Disney compared to them, wait a minute... it was a Disney release, excuse moi! Sorry little children.
Anyway these animation are excellent, the second disc includes the very first animation film made from them, there are also audio comments on most of the shorts on disc one, etc. Just grab a copy and you will see.
As far as content,you can expect abstract stop-motion animation of the highest caliber;some films may not be easily decipherable on the first few viewings but part of the fun of these films is the repeat viewing value!
fans of surrealism,animation,david lynch's animation,tim burton's animation,or even older surrealism like jean cocteau,luis bunel,or maya deren:check this out because it's totally engulfing and brings you within a world that is very interesting!it's the real deal.
I recommend the Phantom Museums to anyone who is interested in the Quay Brothers and may just be starting to delve and rummage within their realm of dreams, realities, nightmares, and fantasies. People who already love the Quays truly cherish this veritable compendium of shorts from the masters of animation & visual artistry.
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Few filmmakers are capable of creating works as innovative, brave, provocative, and haunting as those produced by identical twin brothers Stephen and Timothy Quay. Read morePublished 11 months ago by Nick Yarborough
This collection is absolutely amazing! The Quay brothers are absolutely masters of their craft in both design and execution. I regret not to have discovered sooner in life.Published 12 months ago by rich
2 dvd set of video you can find most of on u-toob, but good resolution and easy.
Hi-rez is really great, as well as freeze frame to look closely at the intense level of... Read more
I didn't love these films, I didn't hate them. I liked some parts and some parts creeped me out. It's difficult to summarize this type of work, so I'm not going to try. Read morePublished 20 months ago by Malfoyfan
This full collection of the works of the Brothers Quay is well put together in an attractive box and comes with a booklet describing each piece.Published 24 months ago by Sharon Angelina
a flat field footlocker two dvds a book one glorious hole the inside of whose idiocy isn't a nice place to play with all these pseudointellectual steely dans for the highbrow... Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by ERIC MUNSON
If your a fan of Mark Romanek's Nine Inch Nails's Closer video, or you like the videos by the band Tool, then you will love this stop motion dvd. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Matt