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The Oscar Winning Short Films Collection Blu-ray/DVD Combo Pack Review

The Oscar Winning Short Films Collection Blu-ray-DVD Combo Pack

“The Oscar Winning Short Films Collection” is a treat for film buffs.

When it comes to the Oscars, very little attention is paid to shorts because, aside from maybe a Pixar short, they aren’t widely seen or distributed. In the past few years, however, this has changed somewhat as shorts have received short term theatrical releases. Now, we even get a home video release of a few courtesy of Funimation. So, what all is on this set? Read on to find out!

“God Of Love” is a very quirky indie love story that will split audiences. Some will be charmed while others will be annoyed.

“The New Tenants” is a pretentious story of new apartment dwellers and their new neighbors. Tonally, this short doesn’t work, but there are some impressive performances by cast members like Vincent D’Onofrio and Kevin Corrigan.

“Toyland” is a gut wrenching and powerful German Holocaust story. The less you know about it, the more impactful it will be.

“West Bank Story” is a silly musical comedy spoof of “West Side Story” involving competing falafel restaurants. It feels more like a mildly funny Funny or Die video and not an Oscar worthy short. Personally, I think it goes on too long and wears out its welcome.

“The Lost Thing” is a sweet picture book adaptation that hails from Australia. The story revolves around a collector coming across a strange metallic creature on a beach who is apparently lost. Well worth watching.

“Logorama” is one of the best shorts (animated or otherwise) that I’ve ever seen. This 2009 French animated is a brilliant piece about a corporate world. Literally every character, environment, and location is a logo. An absolute must see.

“The Danish Poet” is not my favorite work on this disc from an animation or artistic level, but it’s a charming enough story about inspiration, love, coincidence, and life.

“Ryan” is a beautifully animated documentary short (narrated by director Chris Landreth) about the late Canadian animator Ryan Larkin. This is a one of a kind short that is easily one of the strongest in this collection.

“Harvie Krumpet” is an emotional claymation animated story about the peculiar and tragic life of Harvie Krumpet (who has Tourette’s Syndrome).

Video/Audio:

Presentation: Widescreen and fullscreen 1080p (depending on the short). How does it look? All of these shorts have beautiful hi-def transfers (especially “Logorama”).

Audio Track: English Dolby TrueHD 2.0 (German track are also available). How does it sound? While the shorts lack the quality of a 5.1 offering, it’s nice to just get a hi-def track here.

No extras have been included.

Overall Thoughts: While you may not dig every short on this disc, there’s bound to be at least a few that will move and amaze you. Give it a rent.

October 12, 2013 - Posted by | Blu-Ray review | , , , ,

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