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|The Films of Kenneth Anger Vol 2|
Actor: Kenneth Anger
Director: Kenneth Anger
Genres: Indie & Art House, Music Video & Concerts, Science Fiction & Fantasy, Documentary
Cinematic magician, legendary provocateur, author of the infamous HOLLYWOOD BABYLON books and creator of some of the most striking and beautiful works in the history of film, Kenneth Anger is a singular figure in post-war ... more »
Highly Influential Avant Garde Masterwork
directions | Space Time Foam | 10/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Kenneth Anger, Volume Two gathers together Kenneth Anger's work during his most influential period. "Scorpio Rising" is the standout, a homoerotic (daring by the standards of the day)semi-documentary (play the commentary) of gay bikers in Coney Island which through use of montage and then current pop songs, some sacreligious elements (a dated religious film is spliced in) and film footage of Hollywood movies (Marlon Brando in the "Wild One", James Dean)creates an avant masterwork, underground before the genre became tedious. Influential on John Waters Gus Van Sant but surprisingly an admitted influence on Martin Scorcese and many other mainstream film makers (the use of the song "Blue Velvet" in an out of context fashion may have been lifted by a certain film maker) and the use of pop songs in an ironic context was groundbreaking. The other films are less important ("Kustom Kar Kommandos" is a film fragment never completed, "Invocation of My Demon Brother" is dated (Mick Jagger unsuccesfully trying out the Moog, soundtrack, the appearence of Anton Levay), "Rabbit's Moon" is a shortened version of the far better version available on Volume I (which had a far more appropriate soundtrack) and "Lucifer Rising" has its moments and nice imagery but no more (the new film on Aleister Crowley "The Man We Want to Hang" is an interesting bonus but no surprise). So for overall content I'd give this 4 stars but "Scorpio Rising", plus the remastering of the films and soundtracks and the commentary take this up one full star and make this a neccessary purchase for all interested in film history."
Another superb DVD from Fantoma !!!
Boingy Baxter | Studio City, CA | 10/05/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"The Films of Kenneth Anger - Vol. 2 is another lovingly prepared DVD treasure from San Francisco based Fantoma Films. Superb restoration from high definition masters on all 5 classic films, plus a bonus short. Commentaries by Kenneth Anger himself are informative and tell us the little secrets that we want to know. The 48 page illustrated booklet is another well thought out piece. Scorpio Rising, Kustom Kar Kommandos, Invocation Of My Demon Brother, Rabbit's Moon and the long awaited Lucifer Rising have never looked or sounded so good. Buy this one and treasure it."
More than delivers the goods
W. M. Berger | Kasparhauser, NJ | 12/02/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Vol. II of Fantoma's Kenneth Anger collection is here, and it's as good or better than anything I could have hoped for. Anger's later films, from Scorpio Rising through Lucifer Rising (his 2002 film of Aleister Crowley's art is also included as an extra) are presented gloriously restored. If you grew up watching these on the UK import or Mystic Fire VHS editions (as I did), the sheer clarity and vibrance of the restored films will be enough to blow you away. Add to that the detailed and witty commentary from the auteur himself (the Scorpio comments are especially illuminating), and you have a package that no true fan of 60s-70s underground cinema could resist."
D. Hartley | Seattle, WA USA | 02/15/2008
(4 out of 5 stars)
"Depending on whom you ask, the name "Kenneth Anger" conjures up any number of reactions. The author of the notorious "Hollywood Babylon". A devoted disciple of Aleister Crowley. A man who counts Dennis Hopper, Jimmy Page and former Manson family associate Bobby BeauSoleil amongst his friends. A provocative and influential film director. "Kenneth who!?" This collection covers the latter part (1964-2002) of the underground raconteur's astounding, nearly 60-year long career in avant-garde filmmaking. You may not know the name, but you've likely felt the influence. Watch 1964's legendary short "Scorpio Rising" back to back with Martin Scorcese's "Mean Streets" (just for starters) and you'll see what I'm talking about. Fantoma's handsome presentation features a nice booklet with essays from admirers Scorcese, Guy Maddin and Gus Van Sant, as well as wonderfully droll and enlightening commentary from the 75 year old (but still sharp as a tack) Anger. Essential viewing."