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It Came From Kuchar [DVD] [2009] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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Enter the crazed world of the Kuchars - cult underground filmmakers behind such gems as Hold Me While I'm Naked and I Was a Teenage Rumpot.

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5.0 out of 5 stars It Came From Kuchar 26 Jun. 2012
By Tom P. Bullock - Published on Amazon.com
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This is a wonderful and very entertaining look at twin brothers, George and Mike Kuchar in their late 60s who, at the age of 12 started making "underground" films in the Bronx. Their films, however, were singularly different from the normal underground fare in that they tended to be fully realized melodramas based on the feature films they loved to watch as kids, potboilers such as "Written On The Wind" and "Butterfield 8".

"Kuchar" is an affecting and often humorous accounting of their life in films, which to date has produced hundreds of productions ranging from shorts to feature length in nearly every film and video medium known. Sadly and regrettably, George has passed away since this film's release, but the wonderful humanity and wacky humor of his particular oeuvre is preserved here for all time, along with the distinct feeling from their former actors that the brothers affectionately led them as cinematic Pied Pipers through many memorable real-life adventures as they all grew up.

Keeping things moving in this DVD are apt and entertaining observations by film director John Waters (who considers the Kuchar brothers as his early mentors), Canadian feature director Atom Egoyan, director and humorist Buck Henry, film director Wayne Wang, film critic B. Ruby Rich and many others. The DVD xtras offers an ample 45 mins. of additional excerpts from some of their nearly countless productions. I edited this film, so I guess I'm partial to it. But by any measure, this is one good and rewarding piece for any DVD collection.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic 23 April 2013
By sgvalleyman - Published on Amazon.com
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It was kooky, fun and entertaining. Despite their no budget films, they showed their obvious talent. Glad I purchased it
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5.0 out of 5 stars It came from the Bronx 11 Feb. 2013
By Paul Beauparlant - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Great title first off. And, along the same lines, the menu animation excellent as well. Many thanks to Jennifer for putting this together, and I kept thinking while I was watching this, without a moment to spare because of George's passing last year. This documentary gathers just everything you'd want to know about Mike and George. And their many actors and actresses. In depth discussion and examples of both of the brothers' filmic style. Wonderful interviews from many, known and little known. Many excerpts from their films are sprinkled throughout the program and if I had one complaint it would be that we are not treated to a full-length Kuchar film. But I'm sure this was thoroughly discussed and debated and the absence of one must be due to circumstances beyond control. NEVERTHELESS, this is a soup to nuts essay, feature-length style, of the wonderful film world of the brothers Kuchar. Thank you again Jennifer and co. Addendum: A full length commentary with the brothers is a bonus feature during which told is an incredible story by Mike and the contact he experienced with Valerie Solanas who attempted to murder Andy Warhol.
5.0 out of 5 stars Terrible Twos 18 Oct. 2012
By Suzinne Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
The Kuchar Brothers were twins from the Bronx who made a huge amount of underground films starting in the late 1950s and continuing into the present day by collaborating with their film students. Before viewing this very entertaining documentary, I'd never heard of these guys. But being a Bronx native myself and fan of the underground oeuvre, I found myself completely bowled over by these filmmakers. Both brothers are interviewed and combined with clips of their many movie appearances renders an appealing portrait. They're funny, bizarre, touching and authentic all at the same time. And you can say the same thing about their films. The closest I could equate their style of filmmaking would be Andy Warhol, John Waters or Jack Smith's work. In fact, John Waters shows up and understandably explains how completely moved and inspired by the Kuchar's extremely low budget accomplishments. Actually what the Waters, the Kuchars and Warhol had all in common was a wonderful comic and gay sensibility which evolved from their strict and repressive Catholic upbringing. Also, like Waters, Warhol and Smith, the Kuchars chose the people around them to appear in their films, and basically flew by the seat of their pants while producing each and every picture. Utilizing whatever wacky props and effects at hand, they filmed with a certain guerilla style enthusiasm. Sadly, George Kuchar died in 2010, and he was the twin who was more outgoing and comically outrageous.

Highly recommended for students and fans alike of the New York City underground film scene and the works of John Waters, Andy Warhol and Jack Smith.
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4.0 out of 5 stars A touching tribute to an influential pair of underground filmmakers 13 Jun. 2010
By Nate - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
How come I'd never heard of the Kuchar brothers? They have had an incredible influence, and were part of the film underground in its heyday, celebrated by the likes of Jonas Mekas and screening alongside the likes of Stan Brakhage and Andy Warhol. Their films, for all their low-budget schlock-style filmmaking feel, nevertheless show a keen sensitivity to the ways that images work, and how they can be cut together and juxtaposed with music and sound to create feeling and impact. Yet they always continued, quite deliberately, to work with an ultra-low-cost vibe in ways that intensified feeling, and maximized the unusual, combining comic effect and naked self-revelation. It's strange stuff, but not hard to see why filmmakers like Wayne Wang, John Waters, Atom Egoyan, and Guy Maddin love their work and were inspired by it, even while they all moved closer to the mainstream. While Mike Kuchar's films seem to be a bit more artistic and serious explorations of erotic themes, George Kuchar's films are over the top cult classic style movies. He seems to combine something of the prolific inventiveness of a Lloyd Kaufmann with the gross-out sensibilities of early John Waters and a strong hint of guilt acquired from a Catholic upbringing. Still, it's intriguing stuff.

Apart from a few flourishes, such as the delightful 3-d cutout opening title sequence, the documentary itself is pretty conventional, combining talking heads with archival footage, as well as a depiction of the George Kuchar on the set with a class he teaches in San Francisco, creating his latest low budget wild affair, about a female Frankenstein-type character. Still, the subject matter is fascinating, and the brothers are both seriously out there and genuinely sincere and talented, and each has a unique auteur-vision that is clearly on display. Definitely worth catching for lovers of independent and inventive cinema, and for stories about unique American lives.
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