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A Zed And Two Noughts [Blu-ray] [1985] [Region Free]

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  • Actors: Andréa Ferréol
  • Directors: Peter Greenaway
  • Format: Colour, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: All Regions (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 16:9 - 1.66:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: BFI
  • DVD Release Date: 23 Aug. 2010
  • Run Time: 117 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B003NW1XLC
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 59,097 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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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.

Special features

  • 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

Review

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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A Zed & Two Noughts came from the same cinematic period in which Greenaway gave us such other endlessly watchable classics, like The Draughtsman’s Contract, Drowning By Numbers and the Cook the Thief his Wife and her Lover. It remains, for me at least, one of the defining films of the decade; rich in humour, symbolism, game playing, and, some of the most beautiful cinematic images ever captured by a film camera. Greenaway says himself that his intention for this - his second narrative film after years of short experimentation - was to combine a number of disparate elements that would all combine to tell a single story.
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.
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How does one define oddness? I'd suggest by starting with two words: Peter Greenaway. You can also use those two words to define "Unique cinema visions," "total control," "beautiful views" and "don't mess with me." Greenaway is his own world, and you're either eager for a visit or you'll insist on staying off the space ship. I'd suggest you prepare for your visit by packing away any compulsion you might have to explain things...such as his meaning, his importance...all those categories, lists and twos of things...and your own squeamishness. "I don't make pictures that have a sell-by date," Greenaway once said. That's especially true of A Zed and Two Noughts, where a good many of the things we'll see have long passed their sell-by date.

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.
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Hi all interested in Greenaways work.
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
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A Zed and Two Noughts (or Zoo) is Greenaway's best film. Made during the transition between his early experimental short films and his later more narrative (and more celebrated) ones, his free flowing structure is at its best here, fresh, witty and cerebral (some would also say pedantic). In later films, one has the feeling that Greenaway has try to go back to the style set by Zoo, but the results (like in 8 1/2 women) are almost unwatchable. The plot: two biologists twins working in a zoo, specialized in studying the putrefaction of animals, lose their wives in a car accident. They hook up with a strange woman who lost her leg in that accident. Meanwhile, there are references to Vermeer throughout (what does this has to do with zoology, only Greenaway knows), speeded up shots of real rotting animals, Michael Nyman's hypnotic score, and also a girl who learns the alphabet through giant letters that are linked with live animals (for example, z is for zebra, as in a children's book). Deliberately non naturalistic, Greenaway makes from this strange melange a very compelling movie, though undoubtedly very hard to take for some.
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Ah well. I first saw this when I were a young'un and seem to recall I greatly enjoyed the extreme bizarreness of it.
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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