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The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer, Vol. 2 - The Later Years
The Collected Shorts of Jan Svankmajer Vol 2 - The Later Years
Actors: Ludvík Sváb, Bedrich Glaser, Jan Kraus, Pavel Marek, Josef Fiala
Director: Jan Svankmajer
Genres: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense, Animation
NR     2003     1hr 26min

For the past forty years, Jan Svankmajer (Alice, Little Otik) has been hailed as one of cinema's most consistently surprising, wildly imaginative and remarkable surrealists of our time. Utilizing a delirious combination of...  more »

     
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Actors: Ludvík Sváb, Bedrich Glaser, Jan Kraus, Pavel Marek, Josef Fiala
Director: Jan Svankmajer
Creators: Jaromír Kallista, Jan Svankmajer, Eduard Galbavý, Keith Griffiths, Klára Stoklasová, Michael Havas, Edgar Allan Poe, Josef Kolber
Genres: Comedy, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Mystery & Suspense, Animation
Sub-Genres: Animation, Horror, Animation, Mystery & Suspense, Animation
Studio: Image Entertainment
Format: DVD - Color,Full Screen - Animated
DVD Release Date: 06/10/2003
Original Release Date: 01/01/2002
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2002
Release Year: 2003
Run Time: 1hr 26min
Screens: Color,Full Screen
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 7
MPAA Rating: NR (Not Rated)
Languages: English

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Movie Reviews

A great collection of incrediable films!
06/23/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I've been waiting for years to get a copy of one of my favaorite Svankmajer films DOWN TO THE CELLAR. This precusor to his acclaimed Little Otik is exquisitely funny and creepy. This is a must collection for fans of both SVANKMAJER and surrealist cinema in general. The presentation of the films is excellent and the dvd is fitted with some nice extras - artwork, poems, a doc to help you get a fuller sense of SVANKMAJER as not just as an extraordinary film maker but as an artist as well. DON'T MISS THIS ONE!"
Interesting surreal shorts.
11/04/2003
(5 out of 5 stars)

"This is a good, but somewhat short collection at 76 min. Having seen Dimensions of Dialogue years ago on PBS I had some idea of what I was getting. Much of it is weird and some are rather difficult to understand, but still good to watch. The style of the stop-motion is unique and is even used with people. I didn't find any of the shorts to be bad and would recommend it to those who are open-minded (these certainly aren't for everyone) and have an interest in stop-motion animation. Unfortunately, a good number of shorts by Svankmajer are not included on either DVD and Image Entertainment is not planning to release them."
Strange and unsettling
wiredweird | Earth, or somewhere nearby | 10/13/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)

"?vankmajer's imagery, if taken literally, lies outside everyone's comfort zone. Slabs of dead meat dance, lovers fuse in passion or anger, the inanimate comes to life, and living people become stop-animation puppets. A political history creates a bizarre mix of autopsy, C-section, and ironic reference to wisdom springing from the brow of Jupiter. Childhood terrors take on form in "Down to the Cellar;" almost-familiar people and things combine in nightmare scenes where escape is impossible. "Food" offers macabre comments on consumption out of control.

This presents some of the finest in surreal imagery, carried by ?vankmajer's brilliant stop animation. Thought-provoking and beautifully executed, this extends the definition of what animation can be.

-- wiredweird

PS: This appears to be the second disk of "The Collected Shorts of Jan ?vankmajer" (ASIN: B0009KA8JY) repackaged as a single disk. If you're at all interested, go for the whole collection, not just this half."