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A Zed And Two Noughts [Blu-ray]  [Region Free]
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A ZED & TWO NOUGHTS (blu-ray)
A film by Peter Greenaway
A car collides with a swan outside a zoo. Two women passengers die but the driver, Alba Bewick (Andréa Ferréol), survives with a leg amputation. Obsessed with the accident, the zoologist husbands of the dead women - twins Oliver and Oswald (Eric and Brian Deacon - become fascinated by the processes of decay and embark on an affair with the amputee.As dead animals decompose to the playful rhythms of Michael Nyman, symmetry is elevated beyond obsession, and Sascha Vierny's cinematography pays homage to Vermeer. Full of surprises and magnificent conundrums, Peter Greenaway's third feature is as perversely comic and teasing as it is shocking.
- Brand new High Definition transfer
- Full-feature commentary with director Peter Greenaway
- Video introduction by Peter Greenaway
- Extracts from?O, Zoo! (Philip Hoffman, 1986, 7 mins)
- Original theatrical trailer (3 mins)
- The Sea in Their Blood (Peter Greenaway, 1983, 28 mins): rarely seen COI film exploring Britain's coastline. With music by Michael Nyman
- A fully illustrated booklet featuring film notes, biography, review and interview
UK, Netherlands | 1985 | colour | English, optional hard-of-hearing subtitles | 117 minutes | Original aspect ratio 1.66:1 | BD50 | 1080p | 24fps | PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit) | Region free blu-ray
The energy is immense, the appearance of the film consistently sleek and visually exciting --Philip French, The Observer
'It is gloriously unpredictable, fascinatingly idiosyncratic, at times perversely impenetrable' --Alexander Walker, Evening Standard
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Here, the filmmaker layers his preoccupations so that the film becomes a much more rewarding work; employing an allegorical framework so that each scene conforms to the notions of physical evolution and the origins of life, whilst also developing notions of visual symmetry, twin-ship, personal loss, cosmetic amputation, death, decomposition, lists and lettering, as well as the post-modern self-aware referentialism of filmmaking its self. The central experiment here deals with the notions of film lighting, with Greenaway and his cinematographer Sacha Vierny demonstrating every conceivable method of how to light a scene (e.g. sun-light, moon-light, florescent lights, car-head-lamps, the light from a TV set, and in one partially stunning scene, the reflected light from a rainbow... and so-on).
As with the BFI’s subsequent release of Greenaway’s narrative debut, the Draughtsman’s Contract, A Zed & Two Noughts comes digitally re-mastered with a wealth of eye-opening bonus material.Read more ›
We start the movie with a double death in a car crash by a zoo...death by swan on a lane called Swan's Way. The wives of our two zoologists may be gone, but their husbands, twins and formerly joined twins Oswald and Oliver Deuce, will lead us on an exploration of grief and decay, illustrated by their stop motion movies. We will meet a beautiful amputee, soon to have her remaining leg off by a mad surgeon, probably for issues of symmetry. In addition to wet decay, we'll enjoy vomiting, frontal nudity, Vermeer, Greenaway's magnificent color palette, black and white animals, a white mare named Hortense, several interesting fetishes, plus the movie's unique chapter headings: Mercury, Apple, Prawn, Fish, Crocodile, Swan, Dog, Zebra and Escargot. Black comedy, indeed.
I'll admit I don't think I understood a thing about A Zed and Two Noughts. I started to read what some critics and fans have offered by way of analysis and found much of what they had to say, from my point of view, largely incomprehensible, too detailed or too dull.Read more ›
Just to say the quality of the picture and sound on this blue ray are excellent,exactly what Greenaway deserves.
The directors commentary is fascinating.
Its about time.
Buy it if you like Greenaway
Consequently I was extremely disappointed when I attempted to sit through it in one go and started to find things like loading and unloading the dishwasher and making a sandwich and a cuppa were far more attractive options.
Maybe I'll give it another try at some point but I won't be going out of my way to do it in the near future.
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Cinema at its' best; following the storyline is half the fun. Loved Greenwood's other films but had missed this on C4 all those years ago. Read morePublished 11 months ago by R. McNaught
A dazzling, insane exploration of life, death and obsession. Delighted in every minute of it.Published 16 months ago by eyeinthesky
Greenaway's "flawed creation" exerts an enduring fascination, adn Sacha Viernay's cinematography is jaw-dropping. Read morePublished on 26 Jun. 2014 by Hivemind Alpha