By Brakhage: An Anthology, Volumes One and Two (The Criterion Collection) [Blu-ray]
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A picture of the blue-ray disc is very beautiful.
When I watch a silent film of Mr. Brakhage, I get dark the illumination and get alone at midnight.
This process make me a mysterious impression.
I've read a few of the reviews here, but I've yet to reach an understanding of what it is that makes Brakhage's work so attractive to some. This review is just a friendly warning that even if you've come to appreciate the weirdest that Criterion has to offer, you may not be ready for this one.
Listening to music while watching these silent film-paintings (even the ones that are not hand painted, as are his later films) is probably fine, but I'd personally suggest trying (and trying....and trying...) them in silence, the way he intended them to be seen. The effect is, I think, an intensification of the experience, since (if I'm correct) SB intended the films to BE A FORM OF MUSIC, or at least to be very much like music, in its essence. I've done this with friends, sometimes several hours at a time, and the effect is not just in my own head; others concur, and even bring it up afterwards without me prompting them.
The only other thing I might suggest is going out of your way to see these on celluloid if you can, while celluloid and film projectors still exist. And while these particular films still exist, _as_ films, which might not be for terribly much longer. It really is a different experience. I know, I know...isn't it always? But with many of these works, maybe all of them....it's really, really a different experience. It will shake you.Read more ›
Criterion's massive blu-ray release of 56 Brakhage films allows his vision to shine even clearer than ever before. These films look magnificent. While some are limited by their sources, others (particularly his hand-painted films) look immaculate.
The audio is a bit hard to judge, as most of these films completely lack a soundtrack. Those that do have sound come across decent enough, though they are, again, limited by their sources.
The extras are plentiful and all worthwhile. The mulyi-part Brakhage on Brakhage series allows the filmmaker to freely discuss his creative process and influences, as well as share from interesting stories about fellow artists. Several lectures and interviews are also included, as well as For Stan, Marilyn Brakhage's short film dedicated to her husband.
The real treat here are the audio remarks by Brakhage, which detail the making and inspiration behind each individual film. These are only included on the first volume of this collection, however.
By Brakhage is one of Criterion's very finest releases, and thus, one of the greatest home video releases of all time.
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Strange but very rewarding concepts - Blu Ray was made for Brakhage...Published 15 months ago by Cutty Sark
This is a fantastic blu ray for vj's and artists in general, a great update on the Vol. 1 and 2 on DVD. For me it is a great way to pepper my live music with his images. Stunning.Published on January 17, 2012 by Julio Flores
This video was a requested gift - something he had seen and wanted. This particular video was as expected, excellent quality and condition and he is quite satisfied with it.Published on December 29, 2011 by L. Anderson