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Alice (BFI) in May

The BFI have announced the UK Dual Format Edition release of Alice (Něco z Alenky) on 23rd May 2011. Czech surrealist Jan Švankmajer's award-winning feature (1988) is described as a distinctly disturbing and creepy interpretation of Lewis Carroll's perennial literary classic, yet it is perhaps the closest to the original work.

Combining a live-action Alice (Kristýna Kohoutová) with a stop-motion Wonderland filled with threatening, bizarre characters, Švankmajer's deliberately crude style of animation, use of close-ups and rich design work lend the film a pervading sense of unease and a menacing dream-logic which marries a sly visual wit with piercing psychological insight.

Presented here fully uncut and in its original Czech-language version for the very first time, this comprehensive release also gathers together a selection of rare and fascinating Alice-related short films including Alice in Wonderland (1903), the first screen adaptation of Lewis Carroll's classic (and a big YouTube hit!) and Elsie and the Brown Bunny (1921), an early advertising film for Cadbury Bros. Ltd.

The full list of features:

  • Disc 1: BD50 / 1080p / 24fps / PCM mono audio (48k/24-bit)
  • Disc 2: DVD9 / PAL / PCM mono audio (48k/16-bit)
  • Presented in both High Definition and Standard Definition
  • Optional English subtitles
  • Original Czech and alternative English-language audio
  • Alice in Wonderland (1903, 9 mins): the first screen adaptation of Lewis Carroll’s classic
  • Elsie and the Brown Bunny (1921, 8 mins, DVD only): early advertising film for Cadbury Bros. Ltd
  • Alice in Label Land (1974, 12 mins): animated COI film explaining the 1973 food labelling laws
  • Stille Nacht II: Are We Still Married? (1992, 3 mins): the Quay Brothers' Alice-inspired music film
  • Stille Nacht IV: Can't Go Wrong Without You (1993, 4 mins): the white rabbit returns in the second of the Quay Brothers' music films for His Name is Alive
  • 34-page illustrated booklet with essays, film notes, biographies and credits

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