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Man of Aran [DVD] [1934] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Colman 'Tiger' King , Maggie Dirrane , Robert J. Flaherty    DVD
3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Colman 'Tiger' King, Maggie Dirrane, Michael Dirrane, Pat Mullin, Patch 'Red Beard' Ruadh
  • Directors: Robert J. Flaherty
  • Writers: Robert J. Flaherty
  • Producers: Michael Balcon
  • Format: Black & White, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (US and Canada DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Unrated (US MPAA rating. See details.)
  • Studio: Homevision
  • DVD Release Date: 20 May 2003
  • Run Time: 76 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00008UALI
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 178,286 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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21 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Masterpiece of man's battle with the Sea. 3 May 2010
"Man Of Aran" has been described as a masterpiece of man's battle with the sea, which is a pretty accurate description for once. Robert Flaherty was the the great pioneer of the documentary drama. His "Nanook of the North" made way back in 1922 was a landmark documentary film about eskimo life. It surprised and enthralled audiences of the time and is still watched even today. "Man of Aran" raises the bar even higher. Excellent recent films like "Ten Canoes"(2007) and "Tulpan"(2008) owe a huge debt of gratitude to Flaherty that should not be forgotten.

Set on the desolate and windswept islands of Aran off the West coast of Ireland, we follow the day to day battle for existence against the elements by the islanders. Their's was a hard life dictated by the seasons and the prevailing weather conditions. The sea which was their best friend could also be their worst enemy. But despite the harsh conditions the film also shows the breathtaking beauty of the islands, where quick changes in weather and light can transform landscapes in an instant to Elysium fields. Flaherty follows the life of a family struggling to make a living on the edge of the world. The film has been criticised for using different people, rather than one family as depicted in the film, purely on the basis of looks. The hunting of the basking shark that was depicted as part of island life had actually stopped many years before. But surely this artistic licence can be granted to Flaherty? Even David Attenborough is not above such tricks! Such is the power of the film that it gave me a lifelong love of the West coast of the emerald island, perhaps the most beautiful place I have ever visited. Flaherty's wonderful film captures the time period before everything changed.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Enter another world, just 70 years away . . . . 12 May 2001
Format:VHS Tape
Take the plunge and enter another world. Sparse scenery,sparser dialogue, this truly atmospheric film invites you to the Isle of Aran off the coast of Western Ireland and once there, you just don't want to leave. Beautifully paced, you will be absorbed into the islanders' lives and emerge cleansed of all the stresses you thought you had in the twenty first century. If any film will help you get your life in perspective, this is it. Just let it enthrall, charm and captivate you. Awesome.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The importance of extra features 11 Nov 2012
By lucas
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have very fond memories of the first time I watched this film.
I watched it again but now I also watched a documentary about the film and
feel really disappointed in Robert Flaherty.

The main thing to know about this film is that it is not a documentary. It is poetry.
It is definitely worth watching it but, after the film, do watch the one hour documentary
"How the Mith was made" that is in the extra features. The documentary is absolutely essential.
The only problem is that the documentary lacks subtitles. Too bad because even native English speakers
will have difficulty to understand part of the interviews with people from the island of Aran.

There is also a short documentary, "Return of the Islander", that has the most beautiful sunset that I've seen on a film.
It also has the most beautiful image of seagulls. The extra features also has two short documentaries directed by Robert Flaherty.

I was thinking that maybe this film would deserve a better job than the one did by Park Circus.
Things like being on blu ray instead of dvd and also it would be nice to have a booklet. But,
seeing Robert Flaherty under a new light I think not. A DVD with no booklet is enough for this film.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genuine Tough guys 17 July 2011
This film gave a lot of pleasure to a 90yr old Irish man living abroad.Good quality recording and enhancement of a great story.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cult 29 Nov 2013
By MarJohn
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
A wonderful effort to document the day-to-day life of yesteryear on the remote island of Aran
Recommended to us by an Irishman with an interest in history.
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