Glitterbox: Derek Jarman x 4

Zeitgeist Films   (2008) / Region 1
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Glitterbox: Derek Jarman x 4

Painter, poet, activist and queer cinema maverick, Derek Jarman (1942-1994) is one of Britain's most visionary and extraordinary film artists. Often in collaboration with actress and muse Tilda Swinton (2007 Oscar Winner for Michael Clayton), Jarman's lush, experimental reflections on art, politics, sexuality and identity transcend and subvert both the genres in which he worked - the period costume drama, the biopic - as well as the boundaries of so-called gay filmmaking.

This four-disc set boasts two of Jarman's most accomplished arthouse features (Caravaggio and Wittgenstein), and two of his most personal and avant-garde work (Blue and The Angelic Conversation). Glitterbox also debutes a treasure trove of additional material including the posthumously assembled 54-minute film collage Glitterbug; rare behind-the-scenes footage; extensive video and audio interviews; production galleries; and a 20-age illustrated booklet with essays, an interview with Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell and a tribute by Peter Christopherson, of cult band Coil.

Caravaggio (1986)

The volatile life of the eponymous 17th-century painter is gorgeously re-imagined through his brilliant, near-blasphemous paintings and flirtations with the Roman underworld.

Wittgenstein (1993)

A visually stunning and profoundly entertaining portrait of the irreverent 20th-century philosopher who preferred detective fiction and Carmen Miranda musicals to Aristotle.

The Angelic Conversation (1985)

This ethereal Super-8 melange beautifully layers languorous music by Coil and emotive readings of Shakespeare love sonnets by Dame Judi Dench.

Blue (1993)

Jarman's most daring cinematic statement (a year before his death from AIDS in 1994) lays bare his physical and spiritual struggle through a rich tapestry of voices, music and a pure cobalt screen.

Details

  • Length
  • Rating NR
  • Released:
  • Added Apr 14 2008
  • Production Year 2008
  • Empire SKU 1404188
  • UPC Code 795975110037
  • Studio  Zeitgeist Films
  • Packaging Custom
  • Number of Discs 4
  • Disc SS-DL
  • Subtitles English

Features

Caravaggio
- Restored anamorphic transfer, created from Hi-Def elements
- Video interviews with actress Tilda Swinton, actor Nigel Terry and production designer Christopher Hobbs
- Audio commentary by cinematographer Gabriel Beristain
- Rare audio and video interviews with Derek Jarman
- Storyboard, notebook, production photo and design sketch galleries
- British theatrical trailer

Wittgenstein
- Restored anamorphic transfer, created from Hi-Def elements
- Video interviews with actress Tilda Swinton, actor Karl Johnson and producer Tariq Ali
- Extensive behind-the-scenes footage
- Video introduction by film historian Ian Christie
- The Clearing (Alex Bistikas, 1994), a short film featuring Derek Jarman

The Angelic Conversation
- Restored transfer
- Video interviews with producer James Mackay and production designer Christopher Hobbs
- Derek Jarman in conversation with Simon Field (1989)

Blue
- New anamorphic transfer
- Glitterbug (1994), 54-minute collage of Derek Jarman footage posthumously assembled by the filmmaker's friends and featuring original music by Brian Eno<

Audio/Video

  • Audio
    English Dolby Digital Stereo
  • Video
    Standard 1.33:1 Color
    Widescreen 1.78:1 B&W (Anamorphic)
    Widescreen 1.78:1 Color (Anamorphic)

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