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The Complete Magick Lantern Cycle

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Cinematic magician, legendary provocateur, author of the infamous HOLLYWOOD BABYLON
books and creator of some of the most striking and beautiful works in the history of film, Kenneth
Anger is a singular figure in post-war American culture.
A major influence on everything from the films of Martin Scorsese, Rainer Werner Fassbinder and
David Lynch to the pop art of Andy Warhol to MTV, Anger s work serves as a talisman of universal
symbols and personal obsessions, combining myth, artifice and ritual to render cinema with the
power of a spell or incantation.
This 2-DVD set contains Anger s complete Magick Lantern Cycle, from his landmark debut
FIREWORKS in 1947 to his breathtaking phantasmagoria LUCIFER RISING in 1981. Fantoma is very
proud to present the films of this revolutionary and groundbreaking maverick, painstakingly
restored and presented on DVD for the first time in one collection.
Contains the films:
Fireworks (1947)
Puce Moment (1949)
Rabbit s Moon (1950, the rarely seen
original 16 minute version)
Eaux d Artifice (1953)
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954)
Scorpio Rising (1964)
Kustom Kar Kommandos (1965)
Invocation Of My Demon Brother (1969)
Rabbit s Moon (1979 version)
Lucifer Rising (1981)

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A miracle of modern-day restoration
techniques, these two discs present Mr.
Anger s seminal avant-garde films with
visual qualities long obscured in faded
film prints. --New York Times

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Product Details

  • Directors: Kenneth Anger
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fantoma
  • DVD Release Date: March 30, 2010
  • Run Time: 182 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0039A9MCK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,428 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Complete Magick Lantern Cycle" on IMDb

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35 of 36 people found the following review helpful By T. Scarillo VINE VOICE on June 7, 2010
I have to admit that I hadn't seen ANY of Kenneth Anger's films prior to acquiring this set, but like most, I was aware of him mostly due to his two "Hollywood Babylon" books, his admiration of noted occultists Aleister Crowley and Anton LaVey, mentions by/influence on some of my favorite directors, like Scorsese and Lynch, and Jimmy Page's score for "Lucifer Rising" (which went unused). So I popped for this set, on faith that I would see something interesting & influential, and I wasn't disappointed (I think this 2DVD set is a repackage/remaster of the two separate volumes I've seen for sale, all in one set now).

This is a two disc set that compiles ten (10) of Anger's better known films (though others are not here), along with a newer work. The films are:

Fireworks (1947)
Puce Moment (1949)
Rabbit's Moon (1950 - orig version)
Eaux d'artifice (1953)
Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome (1954)
Scorpio Rising (1964)
Kustom Kar Kommandos (1965)
Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969)
Rabbit's Moon (1979 - shorter version of 1950 film)
Lucifer Rising (1981) - does NOT have any of Jimmy Page's score (Anger mentions that Pagey did 20 min of music but it's never been used, at least not here)
And
"The Man We Want to Hang" - 2002, which is about the art of Aleister Crowley (including many pieces now owned by Jimmy Page)

The films range from around 3 minutes to 30 minutes, and explore images and themes of homoeroticism, the occult, cars, mythology, surrealism, and the like.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By edwin hunt on March 20, 2012
This collection would receive 5 stars from me for "Fireworks" (1947) and the shortened version of "Rabbit's Moon" (1979) alone. Throw in the other eight titles and you have a hit on your hands. It makes for excellent "background" visuals projected onto a wall or screen at a party, your favorite local tapas establishment, or similar gatherings (soundtrack optional). For close study I recommend one watch the films in their entirety with Anger's commentary "off" the first time though, then watch all of it a second time, Anger "on". (nb: the musical accompaniment to the 1979 version of "Rabbit's Moon" is a number titled "It Came In The Night", released in 1979 by an English (as I recall) band who called themselves A Raincoat.)
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By D. Olson on April 24, 2013
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Is Kenneth Anger a masterful filmmaker? No. But he is fearless. If you are really interested in film, this set is worth the purchase price. Don't expect narrative, don't expect cohesion or color correction or good sound editing or timeless themes. But what you can expect is to see some of the raw material of genius and ideas which continue to inspire other filmmakers. If you primarily like romantic comedies and family friendly films, stay away. But if you can devote yourself to a Godard marathon, then dive into this.

And besides all that high-falutin' stuff, this collection is a trip to watch over an evening or two. I didn't know quite what to expect, but I sure as hell had not ever seen anything quite like "Invocation of My Demon Brother."

I purchased the entire set because I had been searching for a long time for some way to see "Scorpio Rising," a film I had a vague memory of seeing when in high school. A friend mentioned it one day and it turned into a mission to get my hands on a DVD or a video file or even a 16mm print. Fortunately, this collection popped up on Amazon and I had the pleasure of not only revisiting "Scorpio Rising" (my memories of it were completely incorrect) but discovering Anger's wild oeuvre.

Well worth it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mother Mac on December 18, 2012
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Count yourselves lucky that this compilation of Kenneth Anger's movies has been assembled for you on DVD. Some of these films were virtually unattainable for viewing until this became available. Even more priceless, Kenneth Anger himself discusses his films and their making in the Special Features....this is a treasury of film history, right here. I recommend it.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By MarloweMaginty on February 15, 2014
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What can I say, Kenneth Anger fused magic and cinema together. He is highly influential yet criminally under appreciated. My personal favorite film in the MLC is "Rabbit's Moon". The DVD is a fantastic addition to any cinephiles collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jay Keister on July 17, 2013
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All the major works by Anger in one package. These are my favorite avant-garde films of the 20th century and they did a nice job on this package. Even the director's comments are worth listening to.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By justin0311 on June 8, 2013
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An invocation of visual experiences which very fortunately were remastered and presented for all of the beauty/art which the legendary artist Kenneth Anger put into a visual "experience."
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Jeff Colson on January 3, 2014
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Hard to find Scorpio Rising is a part of this collection. It is listed in the book 101 cult movies you should see before you die.
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