New Release: The Quintessential Guy Maddin DVD

Careful (1992)

Zeitgeist issued The Quintessential Guy Maddin on DVD on Dec. 14, 2010, for a suggested retail price of $49.99.

A four-disc set of films and shorts by noted Candadian auteur Guy Maddin, the collection boasts five feature-length movies, all of them hallucinatory and all of them hilarious. (How else to describe a body of work that includes wretched swan feeders, beauty-parlor noir, incestuous psychodramas, ghostly patriarchs, fascist butler academies, midnight-summer fantasia and hyperbolic Soviet montage?)

The films, which span some 20 years of Maddin’s career, are Careful (1992), Twilight of the Ice Nymphs (1997), Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary (2003), Cowards Bend the Knee (2004), and Archangel (1990).

Also part of the package is this impressive array of special features:

  • five audio commentaries with Maddin + crew members
  • 60-minute documentary on Maddin’s early career, narrated by Tom Waits
  • 6 shorts, including Odilon Redon (1995) and The Heart of the World (2000)
  • 3 behind-the-scenes featurettes
  • “Imagined” audition reels
  • radio interviews
  • production design collages and storyboards
  • vintage photos from Maddin’s personal collection
  • 5 collectible postcards of original poster art


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Founder and editor Laurence Lerman saw Alfred Hitchcock’s North by Northwest when he was 13 years old and that’s all it took. He has been writing about film and video for more than a quarter of a century for magazines, anthologies, websites and most recently, Video Business magazine, where he served as the Reviews Editor for 15 years.