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The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 2 (2007)

Kenneth Anger , Kenneth Anger  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Kenneth Anger
  • Directors: Kenneth Anger
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Fantoma
  • DVD Release Date: October 2, 2007
  • Run Time: 120 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (20 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000UAE7QS
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,465 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 2" on IMDb

Special Features

  • High-definition transfers from newly restored elements
  • Screen specific audio commentary by Kenneth Anger
  • Anger's 2002 film THE MAN WE WANT TO HANG
  • Restoration Demonstrations
  • Restored stereo soundtrack for LUCIFER RISING, re-mastered from the original session tapes
  • Additional audio track for INVOCATION OF MY DEMON BROTHER
  • A 48 page book with written appreciations of Kenneth Anger by Martin Scorsese, Gus Van Sant, and Guy Maddin, written introduction to LUCIFER RISING by Bobby BeauSoleil, extensive notes for each film, rare photos, and more.

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Product Description

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.
Covering the second half of Anger's career, from his legendary SCORPIO RISING to his breathtaking phantasmagoria LUCIFER RISING, Fantoma is very proud to complete the cycle with this long-awaited final volume of films by this revolutionary and groundbreaking maverick, painstakingly restored and presented on DVD for the first time anywhere in the world.

Contains the films:
Scorpio Rising (1964)
Kustom Kar Kommandos (1965)
Invocation of My Demon Brother (1969)
Rabbit's Moon (1979 version)
Lucifer Rising (1981)

Pleasure and terror commingle in this next collection of Kenneth Anger films gathered in Volume 2. Like those in The Films of Kenneth Anger: Volume 1, these shorts illustrate Anger's occult concepts with adept, fetishized poeticism manifested formally through Anger's luscious color experiments, avant-garde soundtracks, and radically inventive editing. Volume 2 boasts Anger's later, darker films that were allegedly magick incarnate: "Scorpio Rising," "Invocation of My Demon Brother," and "Lucifer Rising." "Scorpio Rising," about a biker gang as a symbol of savage ritualism, contains truly scary footage of an actual death-by-motorcycle, and is the most brilliant example of proto-metal culture that has by now infiltrated America's mainstream. "Invocation of My Demon Brother" stars the infamous Bobby Beausoleil, and is a gorgeous psychedelic recap of a theatrical black magick ceremony performed on stage during Anger's Haight Ashbury days. It features a stunning noise piece played on a Moog by Mick Jagger. "Lucifer Rising," too, is an infamous film, as it was made as a tribute to Lucifer's rejuvenating forces. Each film turns the concept of evil inside out, leaving one with a more complex notion of why Anger considered the camera a "magical weapon." Volume 2 also contains the slick "Kustom Kar Kommandos," about car club culture mirroring sexual fetish, a shortened version of "Rabbit Moon," and the not-as-exciting 2002 film "The Man We Want to Hang," about Aleister Crowley's paintings. The commentaries on each film offer indispensable, eloquent insights into the visionary motifs inherent to each piece. Notably, the booklet in Volume 2 contains essays by Guy Maddin, Gus Van Sant, and Bobby Beausoleil, who recalls his association with Anger, and how he managed to finish the "Lucifer Rising" soundtrack in his prison cell. For Kenneth Wilbur Anglemeyer fans, these DVDs sets contain welcome blessings, or curses, or both. —Trinie Dalton

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21 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Influential Avant Garde Masterwork October 5, 2007
Kenneth Anger, Volume Two gathers together Kenneth Anger's work during his most influential period. "Scorpio Rising" is the standout, a homoerotic (daring by the standards of the day)semi-documentary (play the commentary) of gay bikers in Coney Island which through use of montage and then current pop songs, some sacreligious elements (a dated religious film is spliced in) and film footage of Hollywood movies (Marlon Brando in the "Wild One", James Dean)creates an avant masterwork, underground before the genre became tedious. Influential on John Waters Gus Van Sant but surprisingly an admitted influence on Martin Scorcese and many other mainstream film makers (the use of the song "Blue Velvet" in an out of context fashion may have been lifted by a certain film maker) and the use of pop songs in an ironic context was groundbreaking. The other films are less important ("Kustom Kar Kommandos" is a film fragment never completed, "Invocation of My Demon Brother" is dated (Mick Jagger unsuccesfully trying out the Moog, soundtrack, the appearence of Anton Levay), "Rabbit's Moon" is a shortened version of the far better version available on Volume I (which had a far more appropriate soundtrack) and "Lucifer Rising" has its moments and nice imagery but no more (the new film on Aleister Crowley "The Man We Want to Hang" is an interesting bonus but no surprise). So for overall content I'd give this 4 stars but "Scorpio Rising", plus the remastering of the films and soundtracks and the commentary take this up one full star and make this a neccessary purchase for all interested in film history.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Another superb DVD from Fantoma !!! October 5, 2007
The Films of Kenneth Anger - Vol. 2 is another lovingly prepared DVD treasure from San Francisco based Fantoma Films. Superb restoration from high definition masters on all 5 classic films, plus a bonus short. Commentaries by Kenneth Anger himself are informative and tell us the little secrets that we want to know. The 48 page illustrated booklet is another well thought out piece. Scorpio Rising, Kustom Kar Kommandos, Invocation Of My Demon Brother, Rabbit's Moon and the long awaited Lucifer Rising have never looked or sounded so good. Buy this one and treasure it.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Rising Anger February 15, 2008
Depending on whom you ask, the name "Kenneth Anger" conjures up any number of reactions. The author of the notorious "Hollywood Babylon". A devoted disciple of Aleister Crowley. A man who counts Dennis Hopper, Jimmy Page and former Manson family associate Bobby BeauSoleil amongst his friends. A provocative and influential film director. "Kenneth who!?" This collection covers the latter part (1964-2002) of the underground raconteur's astounding, nearly 60-year long career in avant-garde filmmaking. You may not know the name, but you've likely felt the influence. Watch 1964's legendary short "Scorpio Rising" back to back with Martin Scorcese's "Mean Streets" (just for starters) and you'll see what I'm talking about. Fantoma's handsome presentation features a nice booklet with essays from admirers Scorcese, Guy Maddin and Gus Van Sant, as well as wonderfully droll and enlightening commentary from the 75 year old (but still sharp as a tack) Anger. Essential viewing.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars More than delivers the goods December 2, 2007
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Vol. II of Fantoma's Kenneth Anger collection is here, and it's as good or better than anything I could have hoped for. Anger's later films, from Scorpio Rising through Lucifer Rising (his 2002 film of Aleister Crowley's art is also included as an extra) are presented gloriously restored. If you grew up watching these on the UK import or Mystic Fire VHS editions (as I did), the sheer clarity and vibrance of the restored films will be enough to blow you away. Add to that the detailed and witty commentary from the auteur himself (the Scorpio comments are especially illuminating), and you have a package that no true fan of 60s-70s underground cinema could resist.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars At last October 15, 2007
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At last the work of Anger is available to all and at a good price
The films never looked better
The commentary of Kenneth Anger is a stand out for setting the record straight on what films where about, Scorpio Rising is a good case point and what may you think of the bikers ,as most of their girlfriends where standing there ,A good show case for the high profile he has and the people who worked with him
I don't mind saying he's very polite on some people considering what happened in the past
A must for any film student
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5.0 out of 5 stars A long time searched treasure.... November 10, 2007
First time I saw a film by K.A was in the 60s...Thought it was
Scorpio Rising, later on also I remember have seen Inauguration of the Pleasure Dome.Since then i've kept those images as something quite close to my inner visions.Discovering how the archetypes are powerful for leading us to the narrow roads of the Inconscious.Last week it happenned
that his films would be exibited at S.Paulo,Brazil,where I come from.
I came, only the second day of the exibitions,and there was DVDs of the films, available.Got just the volume One,and then got trugh Amazon the 2nd volume.Words can't describe,to have this oportunity of disposing a permanent door not only to the films, but the way in what were conceived,described by the author himself. Like to have acess to an intime
diary, or journal. Creativity exposed to the bones.

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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars nice booklet included
Have the Media Fire VHS release, had to get the DVD, nice booklet included, audio commentary very interesting, His movies are magickal ;) Alternate sountrack for Invocation from... Read more
Published 3 months ago by nameeman
3.0 out of 5 stars Entertaining if you like underground avant garde shorts.
For those of you who like short, avant garde underground, alternative, art house films, this box set is for you, it will appeal to Kenneth Anger fans....of course. Read more
Published 15 months ago by Scrapbook1979
5.0 out of 5 stars The Films of Kenneth Anger, Vol. 2
i LOVE Kenneth Anger. I did not expect to be able to find this, and I did not expect it to be so reasonable in price.
Published 23 months ago by Hermine Stover
5.0 out of 5 stars Magickal!
Dr. Anger's spells continue in this second volume by Fantoma.

This, and Volume One, are worth every nickel - because, they just don't make films like these any... Read more
Published on January 10, 2011 by R. St Mary
3.0 out of 5 stars Not for everyone
In particular, four of the five pieces here really aren't for me. "Scorpio Rising" and "Kustom Kar Kommandos" tap into a motor-centric experience that somehow passed me by. Read more
Published on June 29, 2009 by wiredweird
5.0 out of 5 stars An alienating trip through Anger's allegorical world of rites and...
Experimental cinema at its best. A real images-delirium, a sensorial experience where classical interpretation keys lead towards a sense of loss, indicating the road through a most... Read more
Published on March 12, 2009 by Alessandro Giovannelli
5.0 out of 5 stars Anger's Influential Films Enter The Digital Domain
Kenneth Anger--the name is instantly familiar among underground film fans, but most mainstream folks associate him with the scandalous Hollywood tome 'Hollywood Babylon'. Read more
Published on February 25, 2009 by Thivanka Rukshan Perera
5.0 out of 5 stars Myth and Magic, Rite and Ritual: The Trance Films of Kenneth Anger
I took an Avant-Garde Film class at UCSB in the early 1980's and it was there that I first saw many of these films. Read more
Published on December 13, 2008 by Doug Anderson
4.0 out of 5 stars The Most Influential Film Maker You've Never Seen
To the general public Kenneth Anger (born Kenneth Anglemyer in 1927 California) is probably best known for the book HOLLYWOOD BABLYON, which chronicles the less savory side of... Read more
Published on October 22, 2008 by Gary F. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic!
Kenneth Anger is truly a cinematic magus and I was very grateful to finally complete my collection of his most renowned films, looking more lovely now than they probably ever have. Read more
Published on March 29, 2008 by Besz
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