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The Thief and the Cobbler: Escher Scene

I usually don’t post excerpts, trailers and stuff like that. But I usually do exceptions on anything…

This is a scene from the “legendary unfinished film” of Richard Williams. Filmmaker Garrett Gilchrist undertook the thankless task of creating a new, not-for-profit, version of the film. (Source: Cartoon Brew, where you’ll find all you want to know about the movie.)

You can find the whole movie on sites like this one or this one too.

Di solito non posto estratti, trailer e roba di questo tipo. Ma, di solito, faccio eccezioni su tutto…

Questa scema è tratta dal “leggendario film incompiuto” di Richard Williams. Il cineasta Garrett Gilchrist ha intrapreso l’ingrato compito di creare un nuova versione no-profit, del film. (Fonte: Cartoon Brew, dove trovate tutto ciò che potreste voler sapere sul film.)

Trovate il film completo su sito come questo o quest’altro.

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DOWNLOAD: Scarica Escher Scene.
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LINK: Articolo su The Thief and the Cobbler su Cartoon Brew.

LINK: Articolo su The Thief and the Cobbler su Original Trilogy.

IMDB: Pagina di Richard Williams

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  1. Anonymous | 7 January 2007 at 04:00 | Permalink

    This version of The Thief and the Cobbler misses one of the most amazing scenes in the movie, which I saw on English television when I was visiting London in the fall of 1988. I suspect it was an episode of “The South Bank Show” hosted by Melvin Bragg. Anyway, the scene must have been an expanded version of the atmospheric but very short introduction that the recobbled version starts with. In it, one has the powerful, incantatory narration while looking from a distance at the golden city. The camera or shot moves into the city in an amazing, surreal, hallucinatory and spiralling way, as if created with the most complex dolly shot in all of history, although it’s all done by animation, of course. It was absolutely magical. I thought the narrator for that scene was Vincent Price, which would explain the drawings of the wizard’s hands which one sees in the recobbled version’s opening.

    If I had to review the film: First of all, it’s great to see this masterpiece, or the remains of a masterpiece, in some sort of recognizable form. I saw the execrable American butchering in the 1990s, and every moment, every second of that made me squirm with displeasure. Here, I’d say that the best parts are the scenes of evil, with their deep, saturated colors and visionary power. The comical and heroic characters generally have a cutesy feeling, and a lot of the shots of the golden city, all candy-colored pastel and soft-focus drawing, look rather dated in a 1960s/1970s way. But the scenes of evil are undying classics.

    If you are not burning a CD and you simply want to view the movie, you only need to download 4 .vob files from the numerous files in the bittorrent: vts_01_1.vob, vts_01_2.vob, vts_01_3.vob, and vts_01_4.vob. That should save you some on download time.

    Then you might want to do what I did, which was to convert the .vob files to .mpg files. I used my free file conversion software from eRightSoft, and then watched the files with Windows Media Player, which all worked out fine.

    If someone has better movie making software than I have, or is more skilled than I am, maybe it would be a good idea to make the four .mpg files, then splice them together and then post the film as a zipped file at Rapidshare.

  2. DeK - Delirium & Kaos | 7 January 2007 at 13:41 | Permalink

    Uhm, another thing I have to reupload…
    Anyway, most of the VOB files are actually MPEG-2 files: just need to be renamed.
    Or: play them directly in Videolan.

  3. DeK - Delirium & Kaos | 7 January 2007 at 14:02 | Permalink

    There’s another version (maybe the same?) circulating on eMule and BitTorrent.
    I’ll try that as soon as I get rid of some stuff from my hard disk…

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