The results are somewhat less consistently enchanting than I thought they'd be, but there are some real gems in this collection. Some common themes emerge:
- movie technology
- cute kids that can't quite perform for the camera
- empty spaces
A few directors, most spectacularly Peter Greenway and David Lynch, manage to skirt the one-shot constraint with what must have been amazingly choreographed scene changes to effect scene changes outside the camera. The most surprising and funny clip is from Zhang Yimou, who starts off with what appears to be a historical recreation on the Great Wall of China before yanking us into the present (well, at least the new China of 1995). All in all, it's a worthwhile rental if you're into movie toys and short attention span theatre.
I also bought the first season of the Muppet Show for O's birthday, and it still holds up. Also, the video quality if very good (a lot better, than, say the Pee-Wee's Playhouse DVDs), and the green fuzz on the packaging is a nice touch. But for some reason, any evidence of when the show was made or its history is absent, as if somebody had pushed the history eraser button. I am not sure why this is, but there's absolutely nothing about when it started (1976) or that it was made in association with a British television company (ATV, ITC). What exactly is Buena Vista/Disney trying to hide ?