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Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers [Import]

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  • Directors: Quay Brothers
  • Format: Black & White, Color, DVD-Video, Original recording remastered, Widescreen, NTSC, Import
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • MPAA Rating: NR
  • Studio: Zeitgeist Films
  • Release Date: April 24 2007
  • Run Time: 261 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 2 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000MQ4WP6
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Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers

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If you are a fan of the Quay Brothers then this is it. Very well done restorations which enhance the brilliance of the original. The films included are all the major works assembled chronologically. Worth every penny, even though we no longer have pennies.
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x9f8c8aa4) out of 5 stars 22 reviews
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HASH(0x9f633828) out of 5 stars I must be dreaming. Jan. 19 2007
By Berlinale - Published on Amazon.com
As a long time Quay fan this is manna. I went to the Zeitgeist web site and it sounds nothing short of incredible:

Box Synopsis:

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.

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)
Anamorphosis (1991)
*Stille Nacht II (Are We Still Married?) (1992)
*Stille Nacht III (Tales From Vienna Woods) (1993)
Stille Nacht IV (Can't Go Wrong Without You) (1994)
*In Absentia (2000)
The Phantom Museum (2003)

*Includes Quay Brothers audio commentary

Nocturna Artificialia (1979)
The Calligrapher (1991)
The Summit (1995)
In Absentia in Scope (2000)
Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies in Scope (1987)
Quay Brothers Introduction (2006)
Archive Interview (2000)
The Falls Excerpt (1980, Peter Greenaway)
BFI Distribution Ident (1991)
Institute Benjamenta and Piano Tuner of Earthquakes Trailers

25 of 25 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x9f71e738) out of 5 stars What does it mean? June 7 2007
By C. Spears - Published on Amazon.com
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I have often wondered what the films of the Brothers Quay mean. Or more precisely, if they have any meaning at all. Thanks to the excellent extras included with this DVD set I am finally starting to get an inkling. However, the main attraction of this set are the films themselves, which are presented in beautiful, pristine condition. I have viewed these films on an earlier DVD collection, but the quality of "Phantom Museums" blows it away! "Phantom Museums" actually includes a couple films I have not seen before! A must for fans!
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HASH(0x9f4f1cfc) out of 5 stars ...forgetting Stockhausen? May 5 2007
By James Wood - Published on Amazon.com
...yes, this edition is nothing short of AMAZING! -what makes this edition more appealing to me is not only the beautifully remastered versions of these dark and haunting films but the 2 added shorts, especially In Absentia, using german composer Karlhienz Stockhausen's score. The inventor of pure electronic music!
9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
By gam - Published on Amazon.com
I got the chance to purchase the BFI region 2 release of this edition for a very reasonable price and i think there are no big difference in comparison to the us release except for the cover and two trailers not on the BFI release.
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.
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HASH(0x9f7e3d98) out of 5 stars An awesome upgrade from the 2000 collection DVD! Sept. 20 2009
By Trottin'-Butterz - Published on Amazon.com
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The 2000 version of the BQC was good for what it was but this version takes it up a notch,especially with the extras and new film/s(?).

As far as content,you can expect abstract stop-motion animation of the highest caliber;some films may not be easily decipherable on the first few viewings but part of the fun of these films is the repeat viewing value!

fans of surrealism,animation,david lynch's animation,tim burton's animation,or even older surrealism like jean cocteau,luis bunel,or maya deren:check this out because it's totally engulfing and brings you within a world that is very interesting!it's the real deal.

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