Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers
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Since the late 1970s, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have made a unique contribution to animation in general and the puppet film in particular. Filtering arcane visual, literary, musical, cinematic and philosophical influences through their own utterly distinctive sensibility, each Quay film rivets the attention through hypnotic control of décor, music and movement, evoking half-remembered dreams and long-suppressed childhood memories, fascinating and deeply unsettling in turn.
This new two-disc set contains thirteen of their classic short films in brand-new, restored and remastered editions, plus a collection of footnotes including extensive interviews, alternative versions, unrealized pilot projects and more. The Quays were extensively involved with the preparation of this set--from personally supervising the transfers to recording audio commentaries for selected works.
Zeitgeist Films is proud to present Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers in exclusive slipcase packaging--with a 24-page illustrated booklet including an extensive Quay Brothers Dictionary and a new essay by film critic Michael Atkinson.
DISC ONE: THE FILMS
The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (1984)
*This Unnameable Little Broom (Epic of Gilgamesh) (1985)
*Street of Crocodiles (1986), plus original treatment
Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (1987)
*Stille Nacht I (Dramolet) (1988)
The Comb (1990)
*Stille Nacht II (Are We Still Married?Read more ›
I just can not believe there are not so many reviews about this excellent release of their short films, the first Tool music videos rip them off, Tim Burton`s The Nightmare Before Christmas is Disney compared to them, wait a minute... it was a Disney release, excuse moi! Sorry little children.
Anyway these animation are excellent, the second disc includes the very first animation film made from them, there are also audio comments on most of the shorts on disc one, etc. Just grab a copy and you will see.
Influenced by a wide-range of artists across multiple mediums—from the animation of Jan Svankmajer, to the music of Czeck composers (who also score much of their work), to traditional ballet, to the writings of Kafka and Bruno Schulz—the brothers filter these influences through the prism of their singular imagination to beautiful and astounding results. The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer and Street of Crocodiles serving as perhaps the best example of this marriage between like-minded thinkers and the Quays own distinctive creative output.
Though Street of Crocodiles remains their most famous and perhaps best work, the disc also includes a treasure trove of lesser-known or hard to find pieces, particularly my own favorite: In Absentia. This twenty-minute-film depicts the crumbling psychology of a woman trapped in a mental institution writing letters to her husband. Though this is the surface level description of what is happening, the Quay’s depiction of this tragic psychological condition creates a deeply unsettling yet hypnotizing glimpse into the mindscape of this woman as has never been so uniquely produced on film.Read more ›
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This collection is absolutely amazing! The Quay brothers are absolutely masters of their craft in both design and execution. I regret not to have discovered sooner in life.Published 17 months ago by rich
2 dvd set of video you can find most of on u-toob, but good resolution and easy.
Hi-rez is really great, as well as freeze frame to look closely at the intense level of... Read more
I didn't love these films, I didn't hate them. I liked some parts and some parts creeped me out. It's difficult to summarize this type of work, so I'm not going to try. Read morePublished on May 26, 2014 by Malfoyfan
This full collection of the works of the Brothers Quay is well put together in an attractive box and comes with a booklet describing each piece.Published on February 18, 2014 by Sharon Angelina
a flat field footlocker two dvds a book one glorious hole the inside of whose idiocy isn't a nice place to play with all these pseudointellectual steely dans for the highbrow... Read morePublished on January 15, 2014 by ERIC MUNSON
If your a fan of Mark Romanek's Nine Inch Nails's Closer video, or you like the videos by the band Tool, then you will love this stop motion dvd. Read morePublished on April 17, 2013 by Matt
I first saw the street of crocodiles in '95. I know that makes me late in seeing it and old, but it moved me. I have watched it over and over, ever since. Read morePublished on January 15, 2013 by santiago