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Ross Mcelwee Dvd Collection [2004] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

Ross McElwee , Dede McElwee , Ross McElwee    DVD

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13 of 15 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Loses a star for an unfortunate FACTORY DEFECT 7 Dec 2005
By D. Hartley - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
This is a long-overdue DVD collection assembling the work of one of America's true hidden treasures, documentary filmmaker Ross McElwee. McElwee, a genteel Southern neurotic (think Woody Allen meets Tennessee Williams) has essentially been documenting his personal life since the mid 70's and managed to turn all those thousands of feet of footage into some of the most simultaneously original, hilarious, moving, thought-provoking and entertaining films that most people have never seen. Audiences weaned on the glut of "reality TV" of recent years may shrug thier shoulders and say "what's the big deal about one more schmuck making glorified home movies?" but they would be missing an enriching glimpse into the human condition. In addition to a couple of McElwee's more rarely screened early works- his debut "Backyard" and "Charleen", you get two bonifide classics about the eternal search for love and acceptance-"Sherman's March" and its unofficial "sequel", "Time Indefinite" plus his masterful meditation on the random cruelty of fate, "Six O'Clock News". NOW FOR THE BAD NEWS: First let me tell you that I own two DVD players-one is a standard Region 1, and the other an "all region". Here is what I have experienced with the film "Bright Leaves" (McElwee's most recent film included in the box). Straight and simple-IT DOES NOT PLAY. This is my conclusion after renting 2 (that is TWO) different copies of the "stand alone" release by this studio from my local video store. Neither one played past the FBI Warning (on EITHER of my 2 players). I also RENTED this boxed set as opposed to purchasing, because I was wary, and sure enough, the version of "Bright Leaves" included in the box set ALSO DOES NOT PLAY. I hope someone from the releasing studio reads this and addresses this obvious problem. It's keeping this eager consumer from investing in the box set, as much as I would love to own it. Have any other Amazon reviewers encountered this issue?
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Gold Standard 25 Jan 2006
By Clare Howell - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD
Ross McElwee is the Gold Standard of personal film documentarians. His low tech approach (he's a one-man operation) allows him easy access to a scene that might otherwise be distracted or compromised by a crew. But what makes his films memorable is his kind-hearted, dead-pan wit.

This collection is a great film school for aspiring documentarians now that digital technology has made his method available to practically everyone. He shows how focusing on the mundane aspects of life add up, illuminating the profound.

BTW, to reviewer D.Hartley, all my disks, which I bought through Amazon.com, play with no problem.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant 17 Mar 2000
By William Layman - Published on Amazon.com
I just couldn't disagree more vigorously with "Chewbacca." SHERMAN'S MARCH was wondrous, but many were tempted to compare its wit with regard to romance with Woody Allen's take on that subject. Though SM touched on nuclear war, etc, it was still about a young guy looking for love. TIME INDEFINITE is a much weightier investigation of death and love and family, but the wit and gentle affection is still there. It's much more Kafka or Camus than Woody Allen. And, if anything, McElwee's ability to collage the small incidents of his life into something profound has only increased.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Fine, Quiet Chronicle 22 April 2003
By joshua chapman - Published on Amazon.com
This is a real masterwork. It's a subtle, painful film and takes some time to develop, but the themes it considers are profound. McElwee is a charming man, and his omnipresence never grates. Indeed, the viewer is often aware of the camera only as a surrogate self. When watching this movie one feels honored to be observing firsthand the life of another person and community, and ain't that why we go to the movies?
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Ross McElwee's films 4 Feb 2013
By charleen swansea - Published on Amazon.com
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
Ross McElwee is a surprisingly modest genius! Everybody that I introduce to his films is excited, impressed and begs to see more of Ross's profound and also humorous work
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