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Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Luis Buñuel  |  NR |  DVD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)

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  • Directors: Luis Buñuel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, Silent, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • 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: Transflux Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (38 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006IUE9I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #82,005 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Un Chien Andalou" on IMDb

Special Features

  • A Slice of Bunuel: Exclusive interview/documentary with Bunuel's son Juan-Luis
  • Epilogue: Dali and Bunuel bonus interview
  • Audio Commentary by Spanish surrealism expert Stephen Barber
  • Mystery of Cinema: Abridged transcipt of Bunuel speech given in 1953
  • Dave McKean: Graphic design and statement

Editorial Reviews

Un Chien Andalou remains a startling artifact suggesting ways in which film can express the subconscious. The result of Luis Bunuel's collaboration with Salvador Dali, the 17-minute, 1929 film was designed expressly to shock and provoke. Opening with the canonical eyeball-slashing sequence and divided into baffling "chapters", this is a work of art obsessed with religion, lust, decay, violence, and death. Un Chien Andalou isn't simply one of the great works of the surrealist movement, but a segment of cinematic DNA that irrevocably altered the aesthetics of film. In its tangled corridors you find the seeds to the disappearing-mouth bit in The Matrix, the carcasses strewn through Peter Greenaway's A Zed and Two Noughts and pretty much the entire oeuvre of David Lynch. --Ryan Boudinot

Product Description

Filmed in Paris in 1929, UN CHIEN ANDALOU is regarded as the first film produced purely from within the Surrealist movement and is a landmark in the history of cinema. Loving treatment to DVD includes, as bonus material, an interview/documentary with Jua

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73 of 79 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars deserves better treatment for DVD January 1, 2005
The Facets DVD of Un Chien Andalou is a disgrace. The frame was severly cropped at the top (some scenes feature actors lopped off at their foreheads). Contrast was boosted to the point where significant detail is lost. As if this weren't enough, there is a wide unsightly glitch running horizontally across the screen that lasts for 5 or so frames. Despite the interviews with Bunuel's son which are the only things worth the time here, I would avoid this disc. The film itself I think is great. It's a shame that a staple of art cinema has been handled so poorly for DVD.
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42 of 48 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Great film, horrible DVD September 15, 2005
The video is geometrically distorted, interlaced, has blown out contrast, almost no detail at all, and horrible sound. TransFlux Films should be ashamed for putting out such poor quality work, yet including a featurette on the cover designer.

Everyone should avoid this DVD and go for the BFI double feature with L'Age D'Or, which has a watchable Un chein andalou for a change.
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32 of 37 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Mesmerizing Surrealistic Short April 9, 2005
Luis Bunuel made his directorial debut with 1929's "Un Chien Andalou" -- a 17 minute short film. The film was made in collaboration with the great surrealistic artist, Salvador Dali; this pairing was repeated for the 1930 masterpiece "L'Age D'Or." Viewing the first tentative steps of two giants is obviously fascinating, which is enough to recommend "Un Chien Andalou."

As with other great surrealistic films, the plot, such as it is, does not make any sense. Of course, themes can be derived from the work, although surrealism essentially is meant to be non-thematic. Some of the images from "Un Chien Andalou" are shocking and justifiably famous -- most notably a scene depicting a straight razor slicing into a woman's eyeball. Yes, these scenes are somewhat disgusting but also amazing for a film over 75 years old.

The film has not been updated or cleaned up at all, so the DVD image is somewhat murky. Bunuel added a music track in 1960 to what was originally a silent film; the score works beautifully. The DVD extras include an interview with Bunuel's son in which he discusses "Un Chien Andalou" as well as his father's rather tumultuous relationship with Dali. An audio commentary by Spanish surrealism expert Stephen Barber is also included; unfortunately, this track is pretty much unlistenable as Barber drones on about the history of surrealism in a deadly dull manner. Skip the audio commentary and just enjoy Bunuel's work as is.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ten Years Later... October 25, 2005
WOW! Where do I start with this one? Here is an absolutely brilliantly realized film that doesn't even try to follow a coherent plot. It's the most insane film I've ever seen, and I loved every second of it. It's tough not to look past the images for what they are, though, because your mind tries to fill in the blanks and write its own story. Scenes will change their mood suddenly and without reason, creating an utterly shocking experience. I was surprised to see such sophisticated technique in such an unstructured film. Un Chien Andalou is a masterpiece of the absurd, and I strongly suggest anyone with a taste for the weird see it.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Avoid this DVD at all costs February 20, 2011
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I am in complete agreement with aging punk, who writes "The Facets DVD of Un Chien Andalou is a disgrace." The BFI DVD is better, and may be omoing out on blu-ray. The BFI print is cropped and highly inferior to a restoration made in 2003 in Spain as part of an exhibiton entitled Un Chien Andalous 80 Years Later." Search under books as the DVD comes with three excellentbooks from the exhibition (in SPanish). This DVD is not cropped and has two soundtrack, one the 1959 with tango music, and the other all Wagner's Tristan und Isolde timed better to the image and supposedly what Bunuel and Dali intended. (I love those tangos though.) It's not clear whether the BFI will release a new DVD or blu-ray of this excellent Spanish restoration or of the much poorer one they used for their DVD. The BFI is also bringing out Bunuel's L'Age d'or on blu-ray and DVD.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars bad dvd burn for Un Chien Andalou May 6, 2007
Un Chien Andalou is a work of Art, BUT the dvd that I got from Amazon was not a of a very good quality. I have seen the film in dvd format several times in the past and this dvd version has way too much contrast and digital glitches in two or three occassions.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing, Extreme, Bizzare, Fun, October 16, 2005
This is the Granddaddy of all expermental avant-garde films. It is a must for all film-buffs. And, it will definitly make you say HUH????
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Added features interview makes this interesting September 21, 2008
A Kid's Review
Chien Andalou is a classic Surrealist video from 1929 put together by Luis Bunuel and Salvator Dali. It is only about 20 minutes long but is quite interesting. I have heard about this film all my life but have finally gotten around to watching it (4 times). It is on streaming video on the Internet but I found the DVD of Chien Andalou very good because Bunuel's son does a long commentary added feature on his father, the film and Dali that was very interesting. He says that Surrealism is the basis of all advertising because of its attempt to show you the everyday in a way that pulls you out of normal consciousness (surreal) and see it as new, thereby jogging your brain and making the image last. He also talks a lot about his dad and Dali and Garcia Lorca as three college friends who went on to fame and how they got along.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Poor transfer, Great film
The film is great but this transfer is poor. In the middle of the film you can see where the tape was stuck. If you care about seeing decent copies of films, find a better copy.
Published 1 day ago by Michael J Truog
1.0 out of 5 stars DEBASER
theres a scenne where a woman gets SPOILER ALERT its really a cow. dali can do better than this- unfortunately he never did. but got worse
Published 12 months ago by GCD
1.0 out of 5 stars Mal embalado
Me enviaron el disco en una caja de un kilo. El disco se golpeaba dentro de la caja porque no tenía protección por dentro.
Published 20 months ago by Jonathan
3.0 out of 5 stars If You Really Want to Understand This Film ...
This is a general comment on the film rather than a review of this particular release and/or its quality. Read more
Published on September 24, 2011 by Stanley C. Sargent
3.0 out of 5 stars Twisted Pleasures
This film has been used as the opening act for David Bowie and The Pixies (the latter even claim their work draws deep inspiration from it). Read more
Published on June 24, 2011 by A. Rodriguez
5.0 out of 5 stars A Classic
I have always been a Dali fan. This film is a classic, a must see for anyone who appreciates the surreal.
Published on June 21, 2010 by Randall J. Bailey
4.0 out of 5 stars un chien andalou
if you like art and old exploitation films you will like this movie. not that it is an exploitation film but it has that feel. Read more
Published on August 29, 2009 by Josh Hansen
1.0 out of 5 stars What??
It seems like this film is not my cup of tea, or maybe I'm missing something, am I? I know that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but this beholder couldn't find any beauty in... Read more
Published on December 8, 2008 by M P A
3.0 out of 5 stars One for the Dogs
I have enjoyed a number of films by Bunuel and I had heard that "Un Chien Andalou" was one of his best. Read more
Published on September 6, 2008 by Randy Keehn
5.0 out of 5 stars Like a dream
I first saw this in a film class I took at USC during my undergrad. Could not remember the name of it but I finally found it. Read more
Published on May 16, 2008 by M. Bedernik
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