Phantom Museums: The Short Films of the Quay Brothers (DVD)
Directed by Quay Brothers
Since the late 1970s, identical twins Stephen and Timothy Quay have made a unique contribution to animation in general and the puppet film in particular. Filtering arcane visual, literary, musical, cinematic and philosophical influences through their own utterly distinctive sensibility, each Quay film rivets the attention through hypnotic control of décor, music and movement, evoking half-remembered dreams and long-suppressed childhood memories, fascinating and deeply unsettling in turn.
This 2007 two-disc set contains thirteen of their classic short films in restored and remastered editions (personally supervised by the Quays), with a collection of “footnotes” including new audio commentaries, extensive interviews, alternative versions, unrealized pilot projects and more, presented in beautiful slipcase packaging—with a gorgeously illustrated, 24-page booklet that includes an extensive Quay Brothers Dictionary and an essay by film critic Michael Atkinson.
A new version of this 2007 collection—including three recent Quay shorts and Christopher Nolan’s short film “Quay”—is now available on Blu-ray.
DVD Extras Include:
DISC ONE: THE FILMS
The Cabinet of Jan Svankmajer (1984)
*This Unnameable Little Broom (Epic of Gilgamesh) (1985)
*Street of Crocodiles (1986), plus the original treatment
Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies (1987)
*Stille Nacht I (Dramolet) (1988)
The Comb (1990)
*Stille Nacht II (Are We Still Married?) (1992)
*Stille Nacht III (Tales From Vienna Woods) (1993)
Stille Nacht IV (Can't Go Wrong Without You) (1994)
*In Absentia (2000)
The Phantom Museum (2003)
*Includes Quay Brothers audio commentary
DISC TWO: THE FOOTNOTES
Nocturna Artificialia (1979)
The Calligrapher (1991)
The Summit (1995)
In Absentia in Scope (2000)
Rehearsals for Extinct Anatomies in Scope (1987)
Quay Brothers Introduction (2006)
Archive Interview (2000)
The Falls Excerpt (1980, Peter Greenaway)
BFI Distribution Ident (1991)
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