New Top Quality DVD Series: Austrian Experimental Films
You can get an overview
here. It is a very well produced DVD series of Austrian filmmakers, some are actual very well known (e.g.: Valie Export, Kurt Kren, Peter Tscherkassky, Gustav Deutsch, ... ) for their work in Experimental Film.
I just bought two of these and must say that i am very delighted, each comes with a booklet as introduction to the filmmaker.
On the downside they are expensive
(35EUR; 45USD incl. shipping) for their mostly very short running time (DVD-5), but they are definitely "something else".
I am in no way affiliated with this production, i just post this here for "patriotic" reasons.
I haven't been visiting the board that often in the recent month due to work overload and so the index.dvd discussion completely went under my radar.
I just bought three of them: Valie Export, Kurt Kren (Action Films) and Peter Tscherkassky. My first impression was: great, simple but elegant packaging, a thick booklet, wow, ...
but as you guys mentioned, on further inspection it seems the whole quality issue wasn't followed through to the actual and most important content the films themselves.
Very low bitrate, around 4.5 Mb; if you want to watch a single frame, there is massive pixelation, ... (a very bad encoding job) what makes it even more frustrating is the fact that although only DVD-5s were used (which is o.k for running times around 40 minutes) they didn't even use that space effectively.
So in the end, a great design team, a bad restoration effort, a bad encoding job, but very edgy films that have still impact after all this years.
A missed opportunity in my eyes, all of the filmmakers deserved better treatment and a broader audience, that picture quality is not for archiving.
[My advantage here in Vienna is, that all public libraries carry them and so i haven't to "waste"(a bit to hard maybe) my money on the rest of them....]