Movies Books Music Food Tv Shows Technology Politics Video Games Parenting Fashion Green Living more >

Lunch » Tags » Silent Films » Reviews » Un Chien Andalou (Transflux Films DVD)

Un Chien Andalou (Transflux Films DVD)

1 rating: 2.0
A DVD edition of the classic surrealist short film by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí

add a wiki

Genre: Classics
Release Date: 1929.6.6
1 review about Un Chien Andalou (Transflux Films DVD)

More Is Less and More

  • Jul 26, 2011
  • by
How does Transflux justify charging $15 for the DVD edition of a seventeen-minute short film, regardless of whether the movie in question is the quintessence of cinematic surrealism and one of the most influential pictures of all time? Well, they pad it with whatever supplemental material they can find and hope for the best.

No kidding: this disc has a scene selection menu to navigate its film's five chapters.

Footage from Buñuel's movies and an interview with his son, Juan-Luis, comprise the substance of two short featurettes. In the first of these, he discusses his father's life, career and death in some small detail; in the second, he explains the ugly, acrimonious split between Buñuel and Dalí. The latter of these benefits from Buñuel's objective perspective of Dalí's erratic and cruel behavior, if only because it's rude to judge the demented, regardless of how inspired they are.

One commentary track is voiced by Stephen Barber, who writes books of varying quality about pivotal avant-garde figures. Barber should restrict his activities to the textual medium, because this is without any doubt whatsoever the single worst commentary track that I've heard, and I've heard dozens. Barber's commentary is dull, halting and monotonous, and he has nothing profound or interesting to say about either the film or Dadaism.

Last among the disc's features is certainly the most superfluous: two surreal still images and a textual statement about Un Chien Andalou by illustrator/photographer/filmmaker Dave McKean (Mirrormask).

Un Chien Andalou really ought be committed to a $1 budget DVD edition with a few other vintage avant-garde movies in the public domain, and distributed via dollar stores and dedicated video retailers alike. This would make one of the great early classics of cinema history accessible to a wide audience. Failing that, it's been available from the Internet Archive for years.

What did you think of this review?

Fun to Read
Post a Comment
What's your opinion on Un Chien Andalou (Transflux Films DVD)?
1 rating: +2.0
You have exceeded the maximum length.
Un Chien Andalou (Transflux Films DVD)
Un Chien Andalou (Transflux Films DVD)
Related Topics
The Amazing Screw-on Head

Short 22 minute movie animated adaptation of Mike Mignola's

Stuck Title Logo

a short film from DalyDose Productions


Fritz Lang's influential 1927 science fiction epic silent fi

It (1927 film)

Paramount Pictures' 1927 hit film starring Clara Bow in her

First to Review

"More Is Less and More"
© 2015 Lunch.com, LLC All Rights Reserved
Lunch.com - Relevant reviews by real people.
This is you!
Ranked #
Last login
Member since