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Films & Videos by Zbig Rybczynski - Part 3 - The Orchestra
Films Videos by Zbig Rybczynski - Part 3 - The Orchestra
Actor: Films & Videos By Zbig Rybczynski
Director: Zbig Rybczynski
Genres: Drama, Animation
UR     2006     1hr 22min


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Actor: Films & Videos By Zbig Rybczynski
Director: Zbig Rybczynski
Genres: Drama, Animation
Sub-Genres: Drama, Animation
Studio: Microcinema
Format: DVD
DVD Release Date: 01/01/2006
Original Release Date: 01/01/2006
Theatrical Release Date: 01/01/2006
Release Year: 2006
Run Time: 1hr 22min
Number of Discs: 1
SwapaDVD Credits: 1
Total Copies: 0
Members Wishing: 0
MPAA Rating: Unrated

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A Mature Vision from the Polish Vanguard Director
Nicholas Croft | New York | 03/21/2006
(5 out of 5 stars)

"Zbigniew Rybczynski started his experimental work with film in 1972, after graduating from the Lodz film school in Poland. Close to ten years worth of work was created before he emigrated from his native country, in 1981, due to the declaration of Marshall Law by the then-communist government. By 1984, Rybczynski was living in New York City and making his living directing music videos for the newly established MTV. Over 30 different music videos were completed by him between the years 1984 and 1988.

In 1988, Mr. Rybczynski started work on his pioneering special-effects productions using SONY's prototype High-Definition Video equipment. This 1990 piece, "The Orchestra", was created using High-Def technology in association with WNET, New York, Canal+, Paris, and NHK, Tokyo. It reflects a maturity of vision that is the result of close to twenty years of work with special effects methodologies.

"The Orchestra" is a fifty-seven minute "music video" that weaves six short pieces by the composers Mozart, Chopin, Albinoni, Rossini, Schubert and Ravel, into a seamless imaginative parable for twenty-first century man. The work helps to establish a new relationship between sound and moving image, by working to unite the music of the past with the video technology of the future.

Since the art of special effects is unfamiliar to many, this DVD also includes a twenty-five minute "making of" documentary by Pierre Oscar Levy. "The Making of the Orchestra" introduces us to Rybczynski and his intriguing philosophy of creativity. It also gives us a tour of his Hoboken, New Jersey studio and provides us with generous behind the scenes footage of the actors, dancers and crew at work.

Since interesting visualizations of classical music are indeed rare, "The Orchestra" stands out as a special offering to fans of experimental film. Though the work was produced using High-Definition technology, this standard-definition NTSC DVD will serve as a tantalizing foretaste of the true impact of the piece.

Hopefully, when the High-Definition DVD format wars have finally been won, we will be able to see Mr. Rybczynski's mesmerizing vision as he intended it to be experienced. Till then, this offering is a welcome one, for those interested in classical music, post-modern dance and the Eastern European creative spirit."
Superb video - fair processing
John M. Clement | 11/09/2006
(4 out of 5 stars)

"This video is a superb visual accompanied by well played pieces. However the transfer was not well done. The original is in high definition widescreen. The video resolution of the transfer is not much better than standard VHS. It was probably transferred from broadcast tapes rather than from the original This could have been transferred with a wide screen option, but instead it is in a cheezy letterboxed format. The sound is excellent. In addition it has no chapter markers, so it is difficult or impossible to find sections you would like to replay.

While high definition will give a much better picture, standard DVDs can produce excellent results. We may have to wait quite a while to see a good resolution version because it may take a while for the format wars to subside, and the price of players come down.

The quality of the video only partly eclipses the poor processing.

Just what I ordered
Shilo | Palm Springs, California | 11/05/2009
(5 out of 5 stars)

"I remembered seeing this weird film on public television years ago, and something jogged my memory to make me want to see it again. It took several hours of web surfing to even find out what the film had been that I had seen; finally found it by typing into Google several of the composers and their compositions that are featured in the film. I was quite amazed that it was actually available to purchase. It arrived quickly and exactly as promised (new in original packaging). It is as weird and oddly enjoyable as the first time I saw it."