Product background and history: The original VHS of this “ambient video” was released in 1984 in Japan and the USA and UK and Germany would have a release a couple of years later in 1987. Shortly after, the title was deleted making it pretty rare already by the late 80s some 30 plus years ago. Finally after much demand from the fans, a DVD version was released in 2004. The only problem with the DVD version of this collection was the fact that it was discontinued almost immediately to the America market. A Region 2 PAL version of this was released about a year later making the DVD impossible to play for all of the North American fans.
Both DVD releases (USA and UK) were discontinued shortly after there releases making the originals extremely rare and impossible to find. Latest search turned up the original UK Region 2 DVD as a USED ITEM for as much as “$40.00″ from a website we won’t list. The original American Region 1 DVD is simply NOT available anywhere! MVR’s version shows the original “ambient video” the way it was originally intended to be viewed.
Released exclusively on the long since discontinued and deleted formats of VHS and LaserDisc exclusively, the following is a direct remastered transfer!
This REMASTERED DVD is sourced directly from the original high quality LaserDisc to DVD. Quality is unmatched as it transferred from the long since deleted LaserDisc from OVER THIRTY FIVE years ago. Originally released in the USA, UK, Germany and Japan.
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Description: The original video was filmed in San Francisco in April 1984 and treated and assembled at Sony in Tokyo, Japan. Produced by Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, it features seven “video paintings” of actress and photographer Christine Alicino, a friend of Eno’s, and has a running time of 82 minutes. It was filmed in “vertical format,” which necessitated the viewer either lie on their side or turn the television on its side, which often proved impractical for many viewers, and in most affected the picture tube’s color purity adjustments.
The content is a series of images that stay static for some time and then slowly move forward, often to pause again. Various video techniques were implemented, such as image feedback, to create a very different interpretation of video and the nude
Eno himself was aware of the newness of what he was doing. “I was delighted to find this other way of using video because at last here’s video which draws from another source, which is painting … I call them “video paintings” because if you say to people “I make videos”, they think of Sting’s new rock video or some really boring, grimy “Video Art”. It’s just a way of saying “I make videos that don’t move very fast”.”
The soundtrack was recorded at Dan Lanois’s studio in Canada and is 22 Minutes longer and a different mix at 82 Minutes long and is exclusive to this LaserDisc release that is now remastered for your viewing pleasure.
Total Running Time: 1 Hour 22 Minutes