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Prometheus' Garden [DVD]

4.7 out of 5 stars 3 customer reviews

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  • Format: Animated, Colour, DVD-Video, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: Exempt
  • Studio: Microcinema International
  • DVD Release Date: 30 Sept. 2008
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BZIZ0A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 392,670 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)
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This clay-mation film is exactly what you would expect from genius animator Bruce Bickford and it is great that this previously unseen footage has been released by Bright Eye Pictures. The DVD includes a fascinating bonus feature, "Luck of a Foghorn", which seems to be a short follow-up to the "Monster Road" documentary also available from Amazon. The main feature can be viewed with the original soundtrack or an alternative score written by Laird Dixon and there is also a commentary track by Bruce Bickford. I should really rate this DVD as 5 stars, but have scored it 4 due to the amateurish musical scores that (in my opinion) do not compliment the quality of the animation. The original soundtrack (not written by Zappa) attempts to be avant-garde, experimental and Zappa-esque, but is not very well written or performed and distracted me from the complex visual content. The synthesizer effects and voice-overs are a little poor to say the least and I find that the main feature is best viewed without sound. It is interesting that an alternative soundtrack by Laird Dixon is provided and despite being more "original" than the main soundtrack, it is only a marginal improvement. Despite my issues with the musical scores, this video is a must for any animation enthusiast and will appeal to Zappa fans who want to see more of the surreal animation found on films such as "Baby Snakes" or "The Dub Room Special".
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Utterly unique and brilliant, there is no other animation like this, the attention to detail is absolutely astonishing.

If you are a student of animation or a fan or even if you just like originality then you've got to see this amazing DVD.

What's on the DVD?

You get the full film of 'Prometheus' Garden' 28 minutes, it has an optional commentary from Mr Bickford himself, you also get a choice of audio track to watch the film with.

You also have the featurette 'Luck Of A Foghorn' 28 minutes with interviews and various fascinating insights in to Bruce Bickford and what makes him tick.
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This is short, but a wonderfully creative film. Highly recommended for anyone with an imagination. And if you love stop motion animation you HAVE to see this!
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Amazon.com: 4.8 out of 5 stars 5 reviews
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. I mean, Wow 7 Aug. 2010
By wiredweird - Published on Amazon.com
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I've watched only the title feature from this disk, I have to admit. Voluminous extras and alternatives still await me. I prefer to form my own opinions before filling myself with others' commentaries, though, and this one takes time to digest.

It comes in just under a half hour, but seems like a lot more. Bickford fills every moment in this garden with transformation and movement - don't blink, or you might miss the crucial link that connects the moment before to the moment after. People (and more mysterious beings) grow from the ground like spring flowers, or morph into and out of being according to the opaque inner logic of this baffling world. The battle, in some of the clay-goriest claymation I've ever seen, features different races of beings competing for - well, I'm not quite sure. Like Blood Tea and Red String, this world moves according to its own rules and motivations, which the viewer need not work out to enjoy.

I'll come back to this brilliant short again and again, and expect to see something new in it each time. Perhaps parts of the visual style don't wholly suit my tastes - they don't have to. An event like this must be taken on its own terms, and richly rewards the viewer who can do so.

-- wiredweird
4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Animation 15 Dec. 2010
By S. Segal - Published on Amazon.com
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Bruce Bickford is a mad genius. This film is an excellent example of his unique clay animation work. If you are a fan of animation where everything on the screen is moving and changing you need to see this film. It's short, only 28 minutes, but packed with bizarre and surreal images; the screen is constantly alive with his morphing writhing creations. The story doesn't really make much sense, but who cares, it's amazing. There is a commentary track and some behind the scenes footage.
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy good 23 Oct. 2010
By Pequot Nutmeg - Published on Amazon.com
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Bickford's "Premoethius" is truly awe inspiring. Half of those I show it to can't even take its trippy quality. They say "I am getting dizzy". Frankly I love the immersive quality of clay, and look what Bruce has done with it. Nobody pushes the medium to this level(s!). When Bruce is gone (I hope not for a long while),
1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing 13 Mar. 2010
By Jared Turner - Published on Amazon.com
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Where else can you get stop motion claymation of this caliber? The film is short but in reality it had to take Mr. Bickford many years to produce it. What a gift!
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars prometheus' garden 7 July 2008
By Sadie L. Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
I can't believe it took so long to release this movie! The animation is astounding- it all flows together but is completely unpredictable. It's like Bickford is tapping into a whole world the rest of us can't see.
I was expecting a straight forward telling of the story of Prometheus- instead he twisted modern ideas into the landscape and created something new. It's amazing to think that animation used to be created in such an intense way- it makes it seem so much more personal.
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