Short 2: Dreams
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- Short 2: Dreams, previously known as Short Cinema Journal 1:2 Includes: La Jetee (inspiration for Terry Gilliam's 12 Monkeys), The Big Brass Ring starring Malcolm McDowell and A Guy Walks Into A Bar starring Fred Savage
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Top Customer Reviews
The cadence of the original French narration is hypnotic -- and its meaning filled with subtleties that get lost in translation. It's a FRENCH thing.
One of the major perks of DVD ownership is the wondrous world of alternate audio tracks and a wide selection of subtitles. (You haven't lived until you watch Groundhog Day subtitled in French!) Evidently, Warner's thinks the babble of Chris Marker wannabe's is interesting. I certainly don't. I'd rather listen to the soundtrack of my childhood.
We all have defining moments. We all walk along one pier or another. La Jetée is an eerie, magical film whose importance in my life cannot be described.
I'll stick with my ancient, fuzzy VHS version in the original French, thank-you-very-much.
Yes, Warner's, there IS a difference.
The problem is that the DVD has the 1962 narration, originally done in French with English subtitles, changed to ENGLISH narration.
This is NOT snobbery, but this really hurts the mood of the picture. It's not simply that they dared translate it, but (as one poster points out below) the English narration, aside from changing some of the meaning of the phrasing, is just not as well done as the French. The original French narration was as stark and ominous as the film itself, and the new English narration lacks this, altering the effect of the film, taking it not simply out of France but out of the era in which it was filmed.
Mistake!!! Allegedly, Chris Marker gave his thumbs up on the new narration. If true, that doesn't mean that much to me (Peter Weir cut 7 minutes out of his 1975 film "Picnic at Hanging Rock" years after the fact and, in so doing, ruined it!) Besides. Marker probably thought the English narration would make the film more accessible to American audiences.....
Well (and this WILL sound snobbish), film fans who are going to appreciate "La Jetee" are not the same folks, frankly, who will demand such changes. To do so, panders to an audience that "La Jetee" is never going to have anyway.
Find a fuzzy cassette copy with the original French narration: otherwise, you haven't really seen the film.
Warner's has also redone the menus and removed some fairly humorous interstitials.
Oh well again. Warner's are not known for their aesthetics (see the Eyes Wide Shut censored disc, for example) as much for their attention to the bottom line.
La Jetee in French is hard to find on DVD in the U.S., but worth the search.
Cafe Bar is a brief short of two people who fail to connect in a cafe and fantasize about each other. It plays like it was written by Jules Feiffer on an off day.
Depth Solitude is visually striking, but the story is labored and obvious.
A Guy Walks Int a Bar stars Fred Savage as a naive young man headed for Hollywood who interacts with various seedy stereotypical characters in the desert. A bit too long at 27 minutes.
Bride of Resistor-- visually inventive, but the story is a yawn.
Eye Like a Strange Balloon gets my nod for second-best of this DVD. There are some incredibly surreal images, but damned if I can figure out what it's about.
Vincent: The Junkie Chronicles is a 9 minute excerpt from an interview with a junkie about the damage he's done to himself. Sad more than shocking.
There are two brief shorts on filmmaker George Hickenlooper's attempts to film an Orson Welles screenplay, which are of interest to diehard film fans only.
And finally there is the aptly named Junk Drawer, a bunch of pointless and juvenile fragments that are not worth your time.
WARNING: one item on the main menu is actually a collection of commercials!
Verdict: La Jetee and Eye Like a Strange Balloon are the only ones worth repeated viewings, a few of the others worth a look, and Junk Drawer is best avoided.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
La Jetee transcends language (and time) so the English version will in no way disappoint. Moreover this is in no way "12 Monkeys," just an inspiration for the movie. Read morePublished on January 31, 2010 by Not Real Name
La Jetée is one of the most incredible science fiction films ever made. See it the right way with the Criterion Collection release. Read morePublished on July 17, 2009 by thames
Just to let everyone know who have been disappointed with the DVD versions, that Criterion are bringing out a hi-def version with new and improved English subtitle translations in... Read morePublished on March 16, 2007 by Barry M. Smith
You have heard of the cult-classic La Jettée, and either you are dying to see it, or have seen it and are dying to have it. Read morePublished on March 3, 2007 by TDR
If you're looking for a dvd copy of la jetee in french (with english subtitles), check out bijouxflix. I just got mine in the mail, and the copy is grainy but otherwise intact.Published on October 6, 2005 by Daniel
I agree with the majority of the opinions expressed here so no need to go into detail - the English narration for La Jetee does a serious disservice to this remarkable film. Read morePublished on July 26, 2005 by Robin Russell
I was really disapointed to turn this familiar flick on and not hear the original French narration. I don't mean to be a snob but, the movie is French- it should stay that way. Read morePublished on March 17, 2004 by Zeptron
Short 2 - Dreams was overall a disapointment. I bought it strictly for La Jetee (Chris Marker) which, naturally, loses a great deal of eloquence in English, as it appears on the... Read morePublished on October 25, 2003 by M. Fitzgibbons
One of the loveliest love stories ever acted, crafted and filmed, "La Jetee" is a one-of-a-kind masterpiece. Everything about it is precise, effortless, surprising, moving. Read morePublished on May 14, 2003 by customer
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