DVD, Digital Releases: Tatsumi & Alois Nebel

DVD & Digital Release Date: March 26, 2013
Price: DVD $26.99 each
Studio: KimStim/Zeitgeist

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Ghosts from Central Europe's past haunt a train station worker in the animated feature Alois Nebel.

Alois Nebel (2011) from the Czech Republic and the Singapore/Japan animated co-production Tatsumi (2011) are two gorgeously animated, award-winning film dramas.

Inspired by classic film noir and rendered in mesmerizing black-and-white rotoscope animation (à la Richard Linklater’s Waking Life), Tomás Lunák’s Alois Nebel traces the haunted memories and mysterious visions of a troubled train dispatcher through the shifting cultural and political landscape in the waning days of the Cold War. It focuses on the experiences of a quiet man  at a remote railway station on the Czech-Slovak border whose life is disrupted bu a fog that brings hallucinations of trains from the previous 100 years. These ghosts from Central Europe’s dark past ultimately send him on a nightmarish and ominous journey.

The biographical drama Tatsumi (2011) celebrates the life and work of Yoshihiro Tatsumi—a manga pioneer who transformed the genre with cinematic inspiration and psychological depth. In 1957,  Tatsumi redefined the manga landscape with an adult-oriented genre that grappled with the darker aspects of Japanese life, which he called gekiga (dramatic pictures). In Tatsumi, Singaporean filmmaker and former comic artist Eric Khoo (Be With Me) brings Tatsumi’s 2010 graphic memoir A Drifting Life and five of his classic stories to life.

Alois Nebel is presented in Czech with optional English subtitles, while Tatsumi is  presented in Japanese with optional English subtitles.

There are no bonus features on the discs.

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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.