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Documentries please?
Topic by: Cosplayer
Posted: April 28, 2005 - 2:56 PM PDT
Last Reply: May 17, 2005 - 11:08 AM PDT

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author topic: Documentries please?
hamano
post #21  on May 16, 2005 - 12:07 AM PDT  
> On April 29, 2005 - 9:56 PM PDT hamano wrote:
> ---------------------------------
> Hey, wait... ALL these Les Blank titles are available on DVD!!!! Gradalis or someone should get on this right away! What's going on guys???
>
> Films by Les Blank in DVD format
> with addional bonus footage and commentary

> (scroll down past the tapes for the DVDs)
>
> Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers [dvd] (1980) $ 29.95
> Yum, Yum, Yum! [dvd] (1990) $ 29.95

A coupla days ago I got my copies of Yum Yum Yum and Garlic is as Good as Ten Mothers. I just watched both of them and they were GREAT! The transfers looked really good. It was pretty funny to see Paul Prudhomme and Alice Waters before they got really famous. This was the first time I've seen Yum, and I hadn't seen Garlic since college, so it's been over 20 years... ain't DVD wonderful?

Especially with Garlic, I had that feeling of apprehension... "OK this was a film I saw as a callow youth, and maybe it isn't as good as I remember it..." But I'm happy to report that the film was as good as 15 mothers! GreenCine should stock this right away! Just the cameo by Werner Herzog is worth the price of the disc.

Les Blank edits both films with his tradmark use of Cajun and ethno-folk music, a big career-long love of his. What I love about his films is the complete lack of slickness. Blank just filmed what was there, and edited what he got.

The packaging is no frills... the discs were burned on DVD-Rs so they might not play on all DVD players. They come in clear plastic DVD-R jewel cases (the thin ones) with no insert. The only "documentation" is what's printed on the disc. There are no extras or commentary tracks on the films I got (at least I haven't been able to find any... there isn't really a "menu" and the films begin playing right away).

So it all feels pretty much home-made, but I guess that's appropriate to a Les Blank film. I'm really glad I got these. Only problem is now I'm hungry...

underdog
post #22  on May 16, 2005 - 2:21 PM PDT  
We're hoping to add more Les Blank films to our inventory (just added Burden of Dreams, as mentioned previously, and have J'ai Ete Au Bal, too), but the $49.95 cost for retail is quite prohibitive for us. We'll investigate with Blank directly to see if we can't work something out.

In the meantime, glad to have your report, Hamano!

I remember seeing Garlic on VHS years ago and enjoying it so much I could taste the garlic on my breath...
Eoliano
post #23  on May 16, 2005 - 8:10 PM PDT  
>So it all feels pretty much home-made, but I guess that's appropriate to a Les Blank film. I'm really glad I got these. Only problem is now I'm hungry...

When aren't you hungry? ^0^

> I remember seeing Garlic on VHS years ago and enjoying it so much I could taste the garlic on my breath...

The only cure for garlic breath is to eat more garlic...
ahogue
post #24  on May 17, 2005 - 11:08 AM PDT  
> On May 11, 2005 - 12:24 PM PDT underdog wrote:
> ---------------------------------
>
> I *so* wish that would come to DVD. That and the one about Krzysztof Kieslowski ("I'm So So").
>
> Sigh.
> ---------------------------------

Speaking of Tarkovsky documentaries, I just saw this one and I think it's very good. There was no review there so I wrote one which has just been posted.
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