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  • Directors: Wim Wenders
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: German
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Axiom
  • DVD Release Date: 27 Oct. 2008
  • Run Time: 375 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001EBO95Q
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 49,925 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Award-winning filmmaker WIM WENDERS (Alice in the Cities, Kings of the Road, Paris, Texas, Wings of Desire) explores the power of film in five documentaries that cover three decades of a remarkable career. At the heart of these films is a desire to understand the nature of film and filming. What attracts us to the visual medium? How has it shaped our lives? And what does the future hold for it? NICK'S FILM (LIGHTNING OVER WATER) (1979) - A moving portrait of Hollywood maverick Nicholas Ray. ROOM 666 (1982) - Fifteen directors, including Jean-Luc Godard, Werner Herzog and Steven Spielberg discuss the future of cinema. TOKYO-GA (1985) - The legacy of Japanese master filmmaker Yasujiro Ozu is examined on a journey through contemporary Tokyo. NOTEBOOK ON CITIES AND CLOTHES (1989) - The relationship between fashion and film is explored in an intimate portrait of Japanese designer Yohji Yamamoto. A TRICK OF THE LIGHT (1996) - The story of the Skladanowsky brothers, pioneers of the moving image, is told in a film celebrating the first century of cinema. Collected together in "Wenders Classics" box set packaging with a host of bonus features and an exclusive collector s booklet.

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Mr. I. B. Mott on 17 Mar. 2010
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The nomenclature under which these films are brought together, 'Documentaries', is not at all indicative of the style or content of these films. The reason that the term documentaries applies is that, in a very narrow sense, these films are not about fiction. This normally implies that the director is trying to lay bare a set of facts, or documents, in the same way that we may go to the library to check our facts, or an attempt to draw together information from disparate sources.

Murnau's film Nosferatu was conceived as a 'Symphony of Horror', and indeed Wenders' films have the feel of symphonic-like compositional techniques. Every frame (if this is not exaggerating) has a sense of the importance of 'now' in very much the same way that musical composition has a sense of the quality of the note that is being played now and now. This is such a rare thing in film making, although much more prevalent on the European continent and with Ozu's films from Japan. One of the films included in this set is Tokyo-Ga, which is a tribute to Ozu, but all the films here are, in my opinion, films that pay homage to the human character in a similar way to Ozu. That is, they are a homage to humanity. A homage to respect and beauty, irrespective of circumstance. How do these works achieve such goals? By letting things be; By not appearing to sub-ordinate the people in the films to a will of exploitation and vainglory.

Trying to describe the individual films themselves is, pretty much, a waste of time as I do not have the talent. It would be like the difference between trying to describe a painting and the way that painting makes you feel. I should however make something of an exception for 'Nick's Film'.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By tallmanbaby TOP 1000 REVIEWER on 12 Feb. 2011
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I have updated this review piecemeal as I have watched the films over the past year.

One of the recent Axiom run of Wenders titles. It comes in a light card slip case, with the five disks in a foldout cardboard and plastic case with descriptive text. There is also a four page pamphlet Interview with Wim Wenders and a twenty page booklet on the documentaries.

Notebook on Cities and Clothes, which sounds like an early Talking Heads album is actually about the fashion designer Yohji Yamamoto. It is a relaxed and arty film, with some classic Robby Muller shots of cities. It reflects on creativity and film making. Often he uses a film camera to capture a video he has taken earlier. Layering images upon images. At times Wim and Yohji are just hanging out playing pool together. The soundtrack is by Laurent Petitgand and is enjoyably striking. If you enjoy Wenders' films then you will enjoy this, it works in very much the same relaxed but contemplative way.

The extras on the disk are a feature length commentary by Wenders, a few deleted scenes with commentary by Wenders and a 12 years later feature that is around six minutes long. These are all quite fun.

Tokyo-Ga is less successful. Shot in Japan it is ostensibly about the Japanese director Ozu, opening and closing with extracts from a very ropey copy of one of his films. It also includes interviews with a frequent cast member and a crew member. There is also a chat with a dapper and suitably intense Werner Herzog, and we get a glance of Chris Marker (La Jetee). But mainly there is an incredible amount of pointing the camera at things for a very long time. You get the impression that Wenders found Japan bewildering, but had little to say beyond that.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By C. S. Ebrey on 16 Feb. 2012
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The two reviews below really say it all. Each one profound, Each one a masterpiece in its own right.
Very Highly recommended.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By rayo on 31 July 2014
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Good except one dvd was not playable! Pissed me off.
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