A lousy DVD collection of four great French avant-garde films.
2005 DVD edition
Anthology of Surreal Cinema, Volume 1 (1924-1928), black & white, 65 minutes total, not rated
including Le Ballet mécanique (1924), color-toned black & white, 16 minutes, not rated, Entr’acte (1924), black & white, 13 minutes, not rated, Anémic cinéma (1926), black & white, 5 minutes, not rated, and La coquille et le clergyman (1928), black & white, 28 minutes, not rated.
Risqué Cinema, RC003, unknown UPC number.
one single-sided, single-layered, Region 0NTSC DVD disc, 1.33:1 aspect ratio image in full-frame 4:3 (720 x 480 pixels) interlaced scan MPEG-2 format, ? Mbps average video bit rate, ? kbps audio bit rate, Dolby Digital 2.0 mono sound, English language intertitles, no foreign language subtitles, 4 chapter stops; standard DVD keepcase, $24.95.
Release date: 26 April 2005.
Country of origin: USA
At $24.95, this DVD collection of avant-garde films is a total rip-off of consumers. All of the films have been transferred from good to totally-substandard 16mm reduction prints, with much of the framing being excessively cropped. Poor-quality prints always mean poor-quality DVDs.