Rhino Press Release: RYAN: THE SPECIAL EDITION DVD

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  1. Ronald Epstein

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    RHINO HOME VIDEO PROUDLY PRESENTS

    RYAN: THE SPECIAL EDITION DVD

    DVD RELEASE DATE: August 2, 2005

    2005’s Oscar®-Winner for Best Animated Short Available on DVD

    Los Angeles, CA—Rhino Home Video welcomes you to follow the rise and fall of Oscar-nominated Canadian animator Ryan Larkin. In the animated short film RYAN, director Chris Landreth illustrates Larkin’s promising career as it took a dismal turn resulting from the constant pressures of his work and his own drug and alcohol abuse. In this Oscar Award-winning film for Best Animated Short, Landreth employs a visually striking hand-animated technique he calls “psychological realism” to explore the inner demons of his tortured human subject. For the first time on DVD, audiences can explore such emotions as pain, insanity, fear, mercy and shame in a visual way. Cutaway and interview footage of Ryan’s friends and former coworker attempts to shed light in a cognitive way on how such an artistic genius could wind up on the streets of modern-day downtown Montreal, Canada, panhandling for spare change.

    Screened in more than 100 film festivals in over 93 countries, RYAN has accumulated an impressive list of prestigious international awards including:

    The Kodak Discovery Award for Best Short Film- 43rd International Critics Week-Cannes 2004
    The Sun Life Financial Award for Best Canadian Short Film-2004 Worldwide Short Film Festival- Toronto 2004
    Special Jury Award- 28th Annual Animated Film Festival- Annecy, France 2004
    Renzo Kinoshita Prize- 10th International Animation Festival- Hiroshima, Japan 2004
    Best Animation- International Festival of Short Films- Palm Springs, CA 2004
    Golden Gate Award Best Animated Short- 48th International Film Festival, San Francisco 2005

    Rounding out this special edition DVD are six additional short films from both Landreth’s and Larkin’s catalogue of works, including two more Oscar-nominated shorts. Special features include director’s commentary on each of the seven films as well as biographies and production notes in English and French. This exceptional short film set is a creative and award-winning addition to any DVD collection.


    RYAN: THE SPECIAL DVD EDITION
    Street Date:August 2, 2005
    Total Running Time:94+ minutes


    CONTENTS
    RYAN- The Oscar-winner for Best Animated Short Film.


    BONUS FILMS
    Alter Egos – Documentary about Ryan director Chris Landreth and the subject of his film, Ryan Larkin. A poignant study of artists, addiction and creativity.
    Walking – Ryan Larkin’s unique look at how people walk. Oscar-nominated for Best Animated Short Film of 1970.
    Syrinx – The first major film from Ryan Larkin. Charcoal sketches are animated to illustrate the ancient Greek legend of how Pan made his famous pipes.
    Street Musique – Ryan Larkin’s visual improvisation inspired by the music of street entertainers.
    The End – Chris Landreth’s twisted, surreal short about his struggle to come up with an ending for Chris Landreth’s twisted, surreal short. Oscar-nominated for Best Animated Short Film in 1996.
    Bingo – A young man is tormented by circus characters in Chris Landreth’s wildly surrealistic visualization of Disregard This Play, by Chicago-based theatre company The Neo-Futurists.
     
  2. Andrew Chong

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    I'm looking forward to this release and to read reviews about it.

    Apart from my curiosity about its image and sound, I'm very happy to read that it includes Bingo. The first time seeing this classic (99% computer graphics) short, I was spellbound. It was produced by Chris Landreth and team utilizing Maya software (care of Toronto's own Alias|Wavefront); Maya has since been used as a tool by many animation studios (big and small) for many big and small movies since [​IMG].

    Bingo has previously been released with other perhaps less stellar shorts, so I am very happy that it is included as a bonus with the titular Oscar-winning short. I am hopeful for the presentation.
     
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    A review is available here. This reviewer gave it high marks all around. The documentary seems fairly substantial at 52 minutes too!
     

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