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Residents - Is Anybody Out There?

2.6 out of 5 stars 5 customer reviews

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Editorial Reviews

8 animated videos with new music of ghost stories from Randy and the Residents, documenting some of the mythical madness of the Talking Light tour from 2010. Also 2 bonus videos and one Easter Egg. Strange, melancholic and beyond.

Special Features

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Product Details

  • Actors: Residents
  • Directors: n, a
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • 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: Cryptic Corporation
  • DVD Release Date: November 3, 2009
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B002M9FXMM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #232,434 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

Customer Reviews

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I've loved the Residents for a while now, and while I love some of their material more than others, as a whole they are one of my favorite bands/artists. I followed the Bunny Boy shorts as they were released and was drawn into the bizarreness of it. So I couldn't wait to watch the dvd and see it all as one piece. So I was pretty upset that the entire final act, with Bunny in Arkansas, was cut from the dvd. Why would they do that? And why have I not noticed anyone else mentioning this? I'm starting to wonder if I got a faulty dvd..
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I've been a "complete-ist" of Residents music and projects for ten years now, and I've never felt shaken of that position until this release. I honestly liked the Bunny Boy albums, comic book, web shorts, live shows, etc. I'm not even shaken by the poor quality of the video; it adds to the character tale of the thing. However, something very awful and lazy occurred while compiling this DVD. From the edits, I would guess that they ran out of room to fit the whole story on the disc and didn't want to re-edit the thing to remove the least valuable parts. The major question is.... why not? Its already segmented into 30 second parts, so why not just cut the fat (and there's quite a bit of it comparatively) to make room for the essentials? Really, the ending was the only part of the series that actually had a set design (!!!) or any resolution. None of that is found here. Instead you get many clips with repeated rantings and some odd live footage thrown in randomly. Without the end, there's not much reason to watch. It's kinda like how the Americans took out the revelation about Nuclear War out of Gojira to make Godzilla. The point of the whole story is removed. At least Godzilla had cool special effects. Maybe its more like if there was a version of The Wizard of Oz where instead of it turning to color it just ends abruptly. How frustrating. Skip it. You could be more well advised to stare at a cave wall for nine years.
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A real disappointment, even for die-hard Residents fans. Essentially this is a collection of home movie-quality short videos previously uploaded to the Internet featuring a crazed old man ranting into the camera about his missing brother. The attempts to be mysterious and surreal are just confusing and tedious. The DVD inexplicably clips off the concluding segments from the online serial, creating an abrupt and very unsatisfying ending. The extent of actual Residents music is some synthesizer buzz on the soundtrack and two live concert clips awkwardly forced into the narrative. A more complete set of Bunny Boy videos might have made a decent extra to a Bunny Boy concert film (which wasn't their best stage show to begin with). Instead we are left with an incomplete representation of a disappointing project. Make your own home movies instead. For a better display of Residents creativity, check out the Icky Flix DVD or Not Available CD.
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The latest project by avant-guard San Francisco musicians The Residents is a massive
undertaking that has magnificently outdone their past works.
To fully understand the whole scope of the project, you have to look at the mini videos
that were put on You Tube and their website Residents.com. of THE BUNNY BOY in 2008.
The story played out each week in small two minute episodes where a bearded confused man
pleads with his audience to help him find his lost brother Harvey.
As the episodes progress the man as well as the audience see that he is losing his sanity.
You as a viewer are left to question the real fate of Harvey as the poor old man tries to
grasp for reality.
At times the episodes are funny to suddenly becoming dark and disturbing.
The full episodes are up to 64 and are continuing in a second part to the saga called "Arkansas"
which started in Feburary 2009.
The whole story then connects to the CD-THE BUNNY BOY which is the musical companion to the story.
The songs relate to various chapters in the story and show insight to the thinking of the bunny boy looking for his lost brother.
The songs then connect to the live show that "bunny" hosts and sings with The Residents.
In the videos The Bunny Boy asks his viewers if he should go on tour with them or not.
Viewers then could e-mail in and give the comments to him as well as help with sightings of
Harvey.
IS ANYBODY OUT THERE? is a more organized version of the short films, all put together in a
more cohesive film.
There are two live performances of THE BUNNY BOY show intertwined into the story so that we can see "bunny" sing.
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I have in my DVD collection some disks that I can put on and play in the background and some disks that if I put them on will cause everyone in the room to leave abruptly. `Is Anybody Out There?' falls into the latter category. On their website, The Residents posted a series of short clips documenting Roger's search for his missing brother, Harvey. Mildly amusing but often annoying, Roger's frantic rantings were never convincing in their sincerity. Still, it is interesting from this diehard fan's perspective, if only because I can sit down and watch them all strung together in one 90 minute piece. But the low resolution clips were recorded with a webcam and worked better as a YouTube post then as a home theater experience. The music when it appears is taken from their 2008 CD, `The Bunny Boy' but it isn't really featured and there are only two short live videos that are clumsily worked into the story.
Over the last 33 years, I have indoctrinated many friends to The Residents but those unfamiliar with The Residents are only annoyed by `Is Anybody Out There?'. The Residents could have included some new videos for `The Bunny Boy' or footage of a complete concert, or something else to round out the disc but they not only missed that opportunity to attract new fans but also they have instead alienated the fans who were barely hanging on.
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