Short: International Version

January 28, 2012 7 Min Read

Review by: Fusion3600

Plot: What’s it about?

This installment in the Short series focuses on international affairs, hence the title International Release. The countries of origin might be different than the usual Short editions, but the basic content and navigation system is the same, which I think is a good thing. The bad side of that coin is that the same annoying and poorly placed ads are present, which just plain sucks. I know ads are needed on a release like, but they should be able to put them somewhere not as troublesome, I would think. This disc also contains some shorts presented in previous editions, so don’t expect all new content, although most of the stuff is exclusive to this disc. This is worth the low price if you’re a nut for short films, but the ads and repeat content have left a sour taste in my mouth. Below is a listing for each short and a brief synopsis.

Interview

1. Lars From 1-10- In this ten minute interview piece, Lars von Trier discusses his rules for the world of filmmaking. Of course, these won’t be the rules for more traditional directors, but it is always nice to see von Trier in an interview. This short also contains two audio commentaries (one from the director and one from the producer) and some production notes.

Animation

1. The Fly- This short film tells the story of a normal housefly and his adventures. This might not sound too exciting, but the animation style will keep you glued to the screen, I am sure. This piece took home an Oscar for its troubles, so I am not alone in thinking it is very cool. You can also read some production notes, if you’d like to.

2. Tiny Sunbathers- This is a strange short film that needs to be seen to be understood, and maybe not even then. It’s visually effective but will go over most folks’ heads. You’ll also find production notes on this short.

3. Der Rabe (The Raven)- This is an animated take on Edgar Allan Poe’s classic story. The basic animation is quite effective and visually powerful, this is one of the better shorts on this release, to be sure. Also included are the original German narration, director’s commentary, storyboards, and production notes.

4. Images of Korea- This is pretty much a montage of images in honor of Korea, which is the filmmaker’s homeland. I always like claymation stuff, so this short offers a lot to a dude like me. I wish this was more of a story based piece, but for what it is, it is quite good. You can also find production notes and a director’s commentary track.

Documentary

1. Du Cote De La Cote- This documentary by Agnes Varda chronicles Cote d’Azur in 1958. If you look close, you can see some young, soon to be famous faces such as Brigitte Bardot. This short also includes some production notes to peruse.

Fiction

1. Burnout- A run down roadside diner in Australia is the setting for this short film. I didn’t care much for this one, but I can see why some folks might like it, so no hard feelings in the end. You can also enjoy some production notes and a director’s commentary, which is always nice.

2. Superstition- Man, talk about a cool short film. This is an offbeat tale of crocodiles in power, which is just fine by me. I liked this one a lot and have seen it a few times now, still just as entertaining in the end. You can also check out a slide show of production photos, original sketches, and some production notes.

Music

1. Hip Hop: The New World Order- This is the story of one young woman and her digital camera, as they attempt to penetrate the inner realm of hip hop music. Don’t ask me, but I didn’t think it was a mysterious realm in the first place, though this piece is fun to watch once. An interview with the filmmaker and production notes are also packed onto this disc.

2. Arling and Cameron: Music For Imaginary Films- This piece follows two Dutch DJ’s as they promote their new album…right. I didn’t see the point in this one at all, but different strokes is the phrase I suppose. An interview with the DJ’s and some production notes can also be perused here.

Video: How does it look?

The shorts are all presented in their original aspect ratios, most of which happen to be full frame. The overall quality is quite good though it varies between the shorts. The colors seem bright when they must be and reserved when needed. Suffice it to say these shorts look better than ever and are as they were intended to appear.

Audio: How does it sound?

The audio varies from short to short, and while some sound better than others, they all sound good. Some feature surround effects, some don’t. The music driven tracks come across better, but all in all, this is a solid audio experience in all cases. Some have Dolby Digital 5.1, some 2.0 surround, some other formats, but they all sound ok by me.

Supplements: What are the extras?

Please refer to the individual sections to see which extras were included for a certain short.

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