By Brakhage: An Anthology [2 Discs] [Criterion Collection] [DVD]

The works of Stan Brakhage, one of America's most influential and original experimental filmmakers, finally make their way onto home video in this superb anthology from The Criterion Collection, where they've been given a caring presentation on DVD. The 26 short films on By Brakhage: An Anthology have been transferred to disc in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1. Most of the films are silent, and the few with sound have little, if any, appreciable dialogue; the audio has been mastered in Dolby Digital Mono, with no multiple language options. Bonus materials include several short "video encounters" with Brakhage, who discusses his work and his philosophies; thoughts on several of the films from the director; and short descriptions and a new essay from Brakhage scholar Fred Camper.
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Overview

Special Features

  • New high-definition digital transfers of all 26 films
  • Video encounters with the filmmaker
  • Reflections on selected films by Stan Brakhage
  • New essay and film capsules by Brakhage expert Fred Camper
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

Synopsis

The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes
The Act of Seeing With One's Own Eyes is an experimental short film directed by Stan Brakhage in 1971. It consists entirely of graphic footage from actual autopsies. The camera captures, close-up, the corpses of a man and woman in a Pittsburgh morgue. There is no narration. The film is collected on the Brakhage anthology collection from Criterion, although it's separated from the rest of the films due to its extremely graphic nature. ~ Andrea LeVasseur, Rovi

I... Dreaming
Wedlock House: An Intercourse
Crack Glass Eulogy
Study in Color and Black and White
Lovesong
Nightmusic
The Wold-Shadow
Window Water Baby Moving
The Garden of Earthly Delights
Mothlight
The Dark Tower
Rage Net
Brakhage on Brakhage
Glaze of Cathexis
Cat's Cradle
The Dante Quartet
Dog Star Man
Avant-garde filmmaker Stan Brakhage has labelled his 1963 film Dog Star Man his "cosmological epic." This virtually indescribable film was released in a prelude and four parts. These were not titled but dated instead: Prelude, 1962; Part One, 1963; Part Two 1964 and so forth. While toiling on this project, Brakhage also managed to finish The Art of Vision, derived from Dog Star Man leftovers, and wrote the script for Metaphors of Vision. If you're looking for a plot, you've come to the wrong filmmaker. If you're looking for a fascinating mosaic of images combined to "interpret" the creation of the universe, then Dog Star Man will be right up your alley. ~ Hal Erickson, Rovi

Stellar
The Stars Are Beautiful
Eye Myth
Commingled Containers
Desistfilm
Untitled (For Marilyn)
Kindering
Black Ice
The Delicacies of Molten Horror Synapse
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