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July 12, 2002

Greenaway Goneaway

Okay, I can understand that he's not everyone's cup of tea, and to some he's more their cup of cold sick, but I still find it unbelievable that the works of Peter Greenaway still haven't made it out onto DVD.

I mean, releasing 'The Pillow Book' in 4 by 3 and that's it? And in 4:3 - hadn't the person *seen* the film?

What about 'Drowning By Numbers', 'The Cook The Thief....', 'A Zed and Two Noughts'. And then the masterpiece - 'Prospero's Books'. A film crying out for DVD release. Those lustrous colours, that wierd multimedia feel, that stuff you want to pause the VHS to read, but know that the tape quality wasn't up to it.

It's just a huge great injustice.

If you know any DVD distributors, give them a kick for me will you?

Posted by Tom Dolan at July 12, 2002 07:26 PM

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I used to be a Peter Greenaway nut. I've watched my favourite of his films - 'The Cook, The Thief, His Wife and Her Lover' (my favourite because, frankly, it's sumptuously-filmed but ALSO has a great plot) - over 20 times. My bought video copy is getting decidedly ropey. If ever a director's works were simply made for DVD, it's Greenaway.

Having said that, I've gone off him a lot in recent years.

Posted by: Vaughan at July 12, 2002 09:37 PM

I know what you mean about going off him as you get older. It's great when you're a slightly smug early-twenty-something to have all this intellectual stuff to be part of. But I still reckon I'd like the chance to see it in all its glory to check.

In the US they've got a few of his films on DVD, but not here. Bizarre eh.

(And from the room where I'm writing this, I can see where he went to art college, so I'm allowed to feel parochial!)

Posted by: Tom at July 14, 2002 06:22 AM

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