A Hollis Frampton Odyssey

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A Hollis Frampton Odissey DVD coverAt long last, Criterion has announced the release date and contents of A Hollis Frampton Odyssey, their long-awaited edition of Hollis Frampton's films, rumored to be in preparation since 2010. The edition will be available both in DVD (2 discs, April 10th) and blu-ray (1 disc, April 9th), which comes as a pleasant surprise, since the rumors stated only a DVD edition. The list of works included, all of them newly restored in high-definition, is divided into three parts: his early films, a two selections of the Hapax Legomena and Magellan cycles. In a similar fashion as their Brakhage DVD editions, some films are introduced by an audio commentary and remarks by Frampton. The extras include an interview with Frampton from 1978, the performance A Lecture (1968), read by Michael Snow, and a selection of stills from his xerographic series By Any Other Name. The DVDs/Blu-ray are accompanied by a booklet with an introduction by Ed Halter and texts on the films by Ken Eisenstein, Bruce Jenkins and Michael Zryd.

Contents:

Early Films
Manual of Arms (1966 • 17 minutes • Black & White • Silent)
Process Red (1966 • 3 minutes, 30 seconds • Color • Silent)
Maxwell’s Demon (1968 • 4 minutes • Color/Black & White • Silent)
Surface Tension (1968 • 9 minutes, 30 seconds • Color • Monaural)
Carrots & Peas (1969 • 5 minutes • Color • Monaural)
Lemon (1969 • 5 minutes • Color • Silent)
Zorns Lemma (1970 • 60 minutes • Color • Monaural)

Films from Hapax Legomena
(nostalgia) (1971 • 36 minutes • Black & White • Monaural)
Poetic Justice (1972 • 31 minutes, 30 seconds • Black & White • Silent)
Critical Mass (1971 • 25 minutes, 30 seconds • Black & White • Monaural)

Films from Magellan
The Birth of Magellan: Cadenza I (1977–1980 • 6 minutes • Color • Monaural)
Pans 0–4 and 697–700 (1974 • 1-minute each • Color • Silent)
INGENIVM NOBIS IPSA PVELLA FECIT, Part I (1975 • 5 minutes • Color • Silent)
Magellan: At the Gates of Death, Part I: The Red Gate I, 0 (1976 • 4 minutes, 20 seconds • Color • Silent)
Winter Solstice (1974 • 33 minutes • Color • Silent)
Gloria! (1979 • 9 minutes, 30 seconds • Color • Monaural)

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