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Blood Tea and Red String - DVD

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Product Details

  • Format: Animated, Color, DVD-Video, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All RegionsAll Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: UNRATED
  • Studio: Koch International
  • Release Date: Nov. 21 2006
  • Run Time: 71 minutes
  • ASIN: B000HIVIRY
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #73,531 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)

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Amazon.com: 4.6 out of 5 stars  21 reviews
14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Magical and mysterious March 30 2008
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
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I'm really not sure how to describe this movie, so I'll start with the bare facts. Cegavske appears to have started from some art-school sketchbooks, and assembled a gorgeous stop-animation, supposedly taking 13 years to complete. She did all the design, scripting and animation, so this was clearly a labor of love. She created remarkable characters and sets, beautifully crafted. The composer she engaged for the score did an outstanding job, especially in the unearthly tones of the mouses' dance.

All of which says nothing about the characters and plot of the movie, which I still can't quite put words to. It carried the sense of a fully-elaborated dream world, but of someone else's dreams. The different beings seemed to act out rituals of deep importance, all of which eluded me. Rich, detailed imagery abounds, almost like the imagery of a Tarot deck - but with all of the arcane meanings unspoken. The viewer rides along in this wordless world, sensing the characters' urgency but never making out the reason for it.

Cegavske's puppets and props bring that baffling world to life. Even though this medium has been used for years in children's entertainment, make no mistake: this is for grownups. Skittish children might not tolerate the deaths of characters, or scenes like the "blood tea." A few moments drag; the script's pacing seemed uneven, and the puppet's motions never flowed smoothly. I can't let the little things get in my way, though. This stands as an incredible work of creativity, and a glimpse into another mind's imaginings.

-- wiredweird
15 of 17 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing to see & savor! April 10 2007
By William Timothy Lukeman - Published on Amazon.com
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This would be an astonishing film under any circumstances, given its detail & dreamlike, sometimes nightmarish quality. Knowing that it was made by one person over 13 years only increases my admiration. Truly a labor of love! Rich colors, fascinating characters that capture both the innocence & exaggerated fears of a child's world, memorable images that seem almost archetypal -- just stunning. It has the look & flavor of a very old tale, repeated over countless generations. If you're looking for something different, something very far from the mass market animation that seems to exist solely to sell cheap merchandise, then you won't go wrong here. Most highly recommended!
15 of 19 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars deep, sweet, smart and beautiful Nov. 15 2006
By Jim - Published on Amazon.com
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At first the idea of "dialogue free" scared me off, as did stop action animation, since Davy and Goliath and Gumby always freaked me out, but I read a review in Daily Variety that compared it to David Lynch and Beatrix Potter, so I had to check it out. WOW! Deep saturated colors, amazing music and most importantly deeply gorgeous storyline with phenomenal characters that really come alive. The layers of symbolism and the tragic tale of love and loss make this a MUST HAVE for film fans into Dali, Browning, Lynch, etc. Awesome!
9 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Dark Fairy Tale Jan. 11 2007
By Kristina Aikens - Published on Amazon.com
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This film is not for everyone, but if you like things that are truly unusual and artistic, without a lot of dialogue, check this one out. This is not a kid's movie, even though it's a fairy tale of sorts. The artist who made the film took years to hand-craft each "puppet" (for lack of a better word -- this is not Sesame Street...). If you like dark, artistic animation such as The Nightmare Before Christmas or Spirited Away, and/or darkly dreamy fairy tales such as The Company of Wolves or Ginger Snaps, and/or films about dreams such as The Science of Sleep, you might check out this film.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars BRILLIANT March 13 2008
By Azriel - Published on Amazon.com
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This movie is absolutely amazing. This isn't the type of movie you sit around and watch on the couch with your friends and a bowl of popcorn - it's a strange and surreal fairy tale. Every time I watch it, I am absolutely amazed that one person put this entire film together by herself, and that she was dedicated enough to stick with the project over the 13 years that it was in production. If you're looking for action or comedy, this movie isn't for you - if you are looking for a film that is unlike anything else out there, then I definitely recommend it. It's beautiful - I am so glad I bought it. If you like independent films, this is about as independent as it gets!

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