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Old 03-18-08, 09:23 AM
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'Glitterbox' Derek Jarman Box Set (6/24)

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SYNOPSIS
For the first time in nearly a decade these five Derek Jarman films are available for all to see the genius that was snatched from our lives. Always original and still vital, these works stand tall against the computer-generated films of the twenty first century. Jarman had a muse: Tilda Swinton, an Oscar-winning actress who has tread her own wild path to success. These five films are a superb introduction to the world of Derek Jarman.

REVIEW
Wittgenstein - Displaying little of the queer militancy that distinguished his later-career films, and another in a series of biographies of gay historical figures (Sebastiane, Edward II, Caravaggio), Jarman's amusing, intellectual portrait of Austrian-born, British-educated philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein is both a startling primer in low-budget filmmaking as well as a visually exuberant work. Considered one of the century's most influential philosophers, Wittgenstein's private and professional life is chronicled -- from his prodigy childhood to his reluctant life as a professor at Cambridge and a man whose professional life was burdened with guilt about his homosexuality. Jarman utilizes a pitch-black background, allowing the richly drawn, outrageously costumed characters and their witty, thought-provoking dialogue to take center stage. Karl Johnson plays the eccentric philosopher and an adult and Clancey Chassey is delightful as Wittgenstein as a youth. The always delightful Tilda Swinton is lavishly campy as Lady Ottoline. Shot in less than two weeks for Channel 4, this film proves to be an invigorating, uncompromising work.

Caravaggio - This stylishly bold tribute to the volatile artist stars Nigel Terry as the controversial painter torn between his rugged lover (Sean Bean) and his mistress (Tilda Swinton). Jarman sees the darkly handsome Caravaggio as a passionate man with a liking for "rough trade." An elegant tale centering around both the creative process and the touching homoerotic love story of the two men.

The Angelic Conversation - With Judi Dench's offscreen reading of 12 Shakesperean sonnets providing the audio, this non-narrative, experimental film by gay director Jarman centers around the director on a soul-searching mission for meaning in life, this after he discovers that he is HIV-positive. Action involves the sensual grace of male youth and rather than an acceptance of early death is really an affirmation of life.

Blue - Jarman, who died of AIDS in February 1994, had been battling the disease for six years at the time of making the film. With impaired eyesight and deteriorating health, Jarman created a startling experimental film in which he invites his audience into his sight-deprived world creating a womb-like meditative state by employing a completely blue screen throughout the film. A cast including Tilda Swinton and Nigel Terry reads from Jarman's often poetic journals, recounting the director's medical complexities, thoughts on the loss of loved ones, and reflections on his own life and art. Amazingly devoid of anger and neither sermonizing nor self-pitying, Blue is a fitting closure to an eventful career.

Glitterbug - Glitterbug is a collection of Derek Jarman's video diaries set to Brian Eno music. Beginning in 1970, these Super-8 clips follow the filmmaker's life, from his home life, his travels, interactions with friends and work on his films. Jarman supervised the editing of this compilation and finished it before his death in 1994.
-- Raymond Murray

PRODUCT FORMAT INFORMATION
DVD : $55.99 (4-disc box set)
Availability: PRE-ORDER:
Available 06/24/2008
Close Caption: No
Region Code: 1
UPC: 795975110037
Studio: Zeitgeist
Languages: English (Primary), English Subtitles
Aspect Ratio: Anamorphic 1.33 Original Aspect Ratio, Widescreen

Features:
(Disc One Caravaggio special features: Restored anamorphic transfer, created from Hi-Def elements • Video interviews with actress Tilda Swinton, actor Nigel Terry and production designer Christopher Hobbs • Audio commentary by cinematographer Gabriel Beristain • Rare audio and video interviews with Derek Jarman • Storyboard, notebook, production photo and design sketch galleries)

(Disc Two Wittgenstein special features: Restored anamorphic transfer, created from Hi-Def elements • Video interviews with actress Tilda Swinton (Chronicles of Narnia), actor Karl Johnson and producer Tariq Ali • Extensive behind-the-scenes footage • Video introduction by film historian Ian Christie • The Clearing (Alex Bistikas, 1994), a short film featuring Derek Jarman), Other

(Disc Three The Angelic Conversation special features: Restored transfer • Video interviews with producer James Mackay and production designer Christopher Hobbs • Derek Jarman in conversation with Simon Field (1989)), Other

(Disc Four Blue special features: Glitterbug (1994), 54-minute film collage posthumously assembled by the filmmaker’s friends and featuring original music by Brian Eno)
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Very nice! I've been interested in seeing a few of these since reading about them in Scarecrow Video's movie guide. All of them are new to R1, correct?
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Originally Posted by Cosmic Bus
Very nice! I've been interested in seeing a few of these since reading about them in Scarecrow Video's movie guide. All of them are new to R1, correct?
as far as I know, yes.
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