A Collection of 2007 Academy Award: Nominated Short Films – DVD Review

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The amazing part of DVD technology is that all of the foreign films and short films that no one but Academy members see for the most part are now available to the public in a short amount of time. With the Academy Awards not that long ago, the short film nominees and winners are now on DVD to enjoy. Comprised of the live action, and the animated versions, it’s a fascinating piece of cinema to watch.

Madame Tutli-Putli, Meme Les Pigeons Vont Au Paradis (Even Pigeons Go to Heaven), and Peter and the Wolf comprise the animated versions. It’s interesting to see foreign animation when compared to its domestic counterparts; there are certain nuances in watching it that you don’t see in domestic animated especially when it comes to expressing emotion. It’s a bit more subtle, but then again this is more serious animation than the more child-oriented animation that makes its way into American theatres.

The live action features include The Mozart of Pickpockets, which won the Oscar, as well as the other nominees: At Night, The Substitute, Tanghi Argentini and The Tonto Woman. Short live action pieces are always an interesting lot, as they have to take a complete story and tell it in a much shorter time than normal. It’s interesting, to say the least.

The short pieces were chosen for a reason, as they represent the best of the piece submitted.

Presented in a Dolby Digital format with a widescreen presentation, the presentation is top notch. The colors are vivid and the sound comes through cleanly and clearly as well.

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In the era of DVD, it’s interesting to see the things that get more publicity in one night of the year than get a high quality release on DVD. For those who are curious about the pieces that get nominated, this is a relatively cost effective way of being able to see it.

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Released on DVD: May 6, 2008. Available at Amazon.com