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Spin the Disc: The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Shorts




Dark Water

It was Minty ...

St Elmo's Fire

That was bad ...

The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Shorts

Brewster's Millions

Love actually, is all around

$90,000 or 90,000 Donuts

Farewell to Frasier

Hook, Line, and Sinker, and Part of the Dock

Dark Water
It was Minty ...
St Elmo's Fire
That was bad ...
The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Shorts
Brewster's Millions
Love actually, is all around
$90,000 or 90,000 Donuts
Farewell to Frasier
Hook, Line, and Sinker, and Part of the Dock -->







The 2005 Academy Award Nominated Shorts
Sunday, August 13th, 2006 1:51 AM

After the Academy Awards aired in 2006, I really wanted to see some of the short films nominated in the Best Live Action Short category. Unfortunately, only one was available on the Internet, Cashback. However, Magnolia films had acquired the rights to these films and had been screening them across the US. Shortly thereafter, to my relief, they were available from the iTunes Music Store as a video download for $1.99 each. Recently, Magnolia Films released a DVD containing all the live action short films. All five nominated films are presented: Our Time is Up, Ausreisser, The Last Farm, Cashback, and Six Shooter. Some look better than others. Ausreisser and The Last Farm are widescreen but are presented as a letterboxed picture inside a 16:9 Windowbox. Why, I have no idea. Perhaps the source elements were video but given that these were all screened theatrically, it makes me wonder. Both of these non-english films are presented with burned in subtitles. Cashback, Our Time is Up, and and Six Shooter are anamorphic widescreen, but Six Shooter looks much more filmlike than the rest. This may again be a source element issue. Also presented are some of the animated short film nominess winner The Moon and the Son, Badger, and the Mysterious Geographic Explorations of Jasper Morello. Missing are Pixar’s excellent One Man Band and 9 Two additional animated shorts are presented as special features including the excellent Fan and the Flower and Imago. There’s not much else on the disc except for forced previews which was a little unexpected given this is an independent studio. The video quality ranges from poor to excellent and the audio is stereo, which is to be expected since these are not big-budget films. The menu system was one of the most awful I’ve ever used, however, and the authoring of the disc was unnecessarily complicated (Magnolia should look into better authoring software). Overall, I’m glad to have these films on disc given that they may have never been seen at all were it not for this release but I think Magnolia films could have done a much better job presenting them on DVD. I would wait till this disc drops in price or perhaps give it a rental if you can find it at your local video store.

2005 Oscar Short Films



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