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Artificial Eye February releases

Artificial Eye have announced two contrasting releases for February – the full five-hour release of Ingmar Bergman’s masterpiece Fanny and Alexander and the acclaimed documentary about the dot-com implosion, Startup.com.

A summation of Bergman’s career and of all the comic and tragic elements in his work, Fanny & Alexander was released to unanimous acclaim and won a multitude of awards, including the Oscar for Best Foreign Film at the 1982 Academy Awards. The DVD presents the complete five-hour version, two hours longer than the abridged theatrical release.
The story is of a year in the life of a large middle class theatrical family, the Ekdahls, who live comfortably in a provincial town in turn of the century Sweden. The lives of 8 year old Fanny Ekdahl and her 10 year old brother, Alexander, are set for dramatic upheaval with the sudden death of their father and their mother Emilie’s subsequent marriage to the strict and puritanical local bishop. But life in the bishop’s household reveals him to be a sadistic tyrant, and Emilie is powerless when she learns that Alexander has been severely beaten and that both children are virtually imprisoned. However, Isak, an old and close friend of the childrens’ grandmother, magically smuggles them to freedom and, finally, the Ekdahl family are reunited.
Although outwardly realistic, Bergman uses elements of magic and the supernatural as well as high comedy and dark tragedy to create a captivating film that is an enchanting evocation of childhood and a joyous celebration of life, which stands as the crowning achievement of his illustrious career.
The 2-disc set comes with a retail price of £24.99. Specifications aren’t clear, but a 1:66:1 anamorphic transfer with Dolby Digital 2.0 is expected.
In Startup.com acclaimed documentary team Chris Hegedus, D A Pennebaker and Jehane Noujaim take a riveting behind-the-scenes look at the volatile internet industry, chronicling the turbulent development of New York based website govWorks.com. The film follows in painfully intimate detail the trials of partners Kaleil Isaza Tuzman and Tom Herman, best friends since childhood, as they progress from being rookies with just a business plan to assuming leadership of a nationally recognised organisation. What could go wrong? Everything. As the inhospitable economy of the year 2000 reduces high-flying dotcoms to bankruptcy, Tom & Kaleil struggle to save their company from a spectacular meltdown.
The DVD is presented in fullscreen 4:3 and comes at a retail price of £17.99.
Both DVDs carry a 15 certificate and are released on 25 February 2002.

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