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A Collection of 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films

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The 2006 Academy Award Nominated Short Films includes the animated short winner The Danish Poet as well as Maestro (Hungary/Animated), Binta and the Great Idea (Spain/Live Action), ramos Pocos (Spain/Live Action), Helmer & Son (Denmark/Live Action), The Saviour (Austraila/Live Action) and bonus short features.

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  • Actors: Ben Newmark, Noureen DeWulf, A.J. Tannen, Joey Naber, Assaf Cohen
  • Directors: Ari Sandel, Borja Cobeaga, Torill Kove
  • Format: NTSC
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
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  • Studio: Magnolia Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: May 1, 2007
  • Run Time: 190 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000NU2TJW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #87,295 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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By Jonathan Chisdes on July 18, 2007
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I love shorts and have bought a number of short collections. However, it's always a grab-bag. Usually there will be some shorts that are excellent, a few that are stupid or lousy, and some that are mediocre. But I'm willing to put up with the lousy and mediocre ones in order to enjoy the excellent ones. However, this particular collection of 7 shorts that were nominated for the 2006 Academy Awards, plus 6 extra ones, is the absolute best collection that I own. Of the 13, not one was lousy, and only 2 or 3 were in the mediocre category. The two which won, "West Bank Story" for live action and "The Danish Poet" for animated, blew me away, but many of the others gave them quite a run for their money. Particularly "Helmer and Son" about a son who is called into a nursing home to talk to his father who has locked himself inside his closet, and "The Savior" about a group of church missionaries who are trying to convert the people who live in a neighborhood by going door-to-door, but one of them begins to have an affair with one of the housewives, who is married. And of the bonus shorts, "A Gentleman's Duel" (about two men who want to kill each other over a lady) and "One Rat Short" (excellent animation of a rat caught in a scientific laboratory) really stand out. Still, my absolute favorite is "West Bank Story" which satirizes "West Side Story" and tensions between Israelis and Palestinians by comparing it to competing fast food restaurants.
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This DVD brings together the five short films nominated for the 2006 Live Action Short Film Academy Awards and two of the animated short films nominated for the 2006 Animated Short Film Academy Awards. The films on the disc are:

WEST BANK STORY--this live action mini-musical parodies the famous WEST SIDE STORY. The film takes place in the Middle East on the West Bank. On the border between Israel and un-nationalized Palestine are two competing fast food restaurants. One the one side of the border is the Kosher King, a fast food kosher restaurant. Directly across the border next to the Kosher King is the Hummus Hut, a fast food restaurant specializing in Middle Eastern cuisine. The sister of the owner of the Humus Hut, Fatima, and an Israeli border guard, David, fall in love with each other. The story is told through humorous singing and dancing numbers. This film was the winner of the 2006 Academy Award for Best Live Action Short Film.

THE SAVIOUR--in this short live action film from Australia, a young apparently Christian missionary sent on a weekly door to door witnessing campaign becomes involved in an affair with a married woman.

HELMER & SON--Jess is called into the retirement home where his father, Helmer, is staying. Helmer has locked himself into the wardrobe and won't come out.

ONE TOO MANY--tired of living with two helpless males, Fernando's wife leaves him and throws many of his belongings into the street. Fernando awakens his son, Joaquin, and the two travel to a rest home where Fernando's mother-in-law lives. They pick the woman up and bring her home, hoping that she will take her daughter's place and cook and clean for them.

BINTA & THE GREAT IDEA--Binta is a young girl living in a small village in Senegal.
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This compilation, the second of what I hope will be a long series of such annual releases, contains all five of the live-action shorts nominated for the Oscar LAS category and two of the five Animated Short nominees (the other three, Lifted, The Little Match Girl and No Time For Nuts, were presumably not included because they are all extras on features released to DVDs by the major studios which produced them). Also included are six other shorts-one live-action and five animated shorts-released in the same year as extras, each of them well worth watching in their own right.

I still haven't figured out how Maestro managed to get nominated over One Rat Short, The Wraith of Cobble Hill or Guide Dog, all of which are extras on this disc. Maestro is a visually impressive short, but so are One Rat Short and The Wraith of Cobble Hill and Maestro is really not as entertaining to watch once you've seen it and know the payoff, whereas the other three bear repeated viewing. In any case, The Danish Poet is an excellent short and deservedly won the Oscar.

As for the live-action shorts, while they were all good, West Bank Story would not have been my choice to win the Oscar. I actually consider it to be fourth-best, behind Eramos Pocos, Helmer and Son and Binta and the Grand Idea. I fully understand why West Bank Story won and it's a very well-executed and entertaining effort-I just preferred the other shorts a bit more.

The other three shorts included as extras are the live-action short Surviving the Rush, which I found amusing but slight and considered far too long and two animated shorts, The Passenger and Gentlemen's Duel, both visually impressive, but a touch too obvious and predictable in spots. Gentlemen's Duel is hilarious and worth watching once

This is most definitely recommended for anyone who likes short films.
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The winners--and except for one stinker these short films were all interesting, all excellent--were: "One Too Many" (over the short live film which won the Academy Award "West Bank") and "Maestro" (over the animated short which won the Academy Award "The Danish Poet").

The best of the bonus shorts was "The Passenger" (over a number of short films that enchanted and one that revolted, the stinker, "Surviving the Rush". The inclusion of this rude, vulgar short cost the whole collection one star.)
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