In the Aftermath

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In the Aftermath

#1 Post by Calvin » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:22 pm

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A HORRIFYING VISION OF MAN’S WORST NIGHTMARE.

Following in the footsteps of Francis Ford Coppola and Peter Bogdanovich, Roger Corman protégé Carl Colpaert (The Crew) made his directorial debut by combining repurposed excerpts from a foreign film – in this case, Mamoru Oshii’s (Ghost In The Shell) spellbinding 1985 anime Angel’s Egg – with new live action footage shot in America. The result is In The Aftermath, a haunting post-apocalyptic vision like no other.

In a radiation-soaked wasteland, two surviving soldiers, Frank and Goose, search for essential supplies amid the rubble. After a violent confrontation, Frank is haunted by visions of an angelic young girl holding a giant egg, herself a refugee from another world altogether. Could the egg be the key to saving both their worlds?

A unique mash-up of 1980s B-movie nuclear paranoia and hauntingly lyrical animation, In The Aftermath is presented in a stunning new restoration that highlights Oshii’s visionary genius and Colpaert’s low-budget ingenuity.


SPECIAL EDITION CONTENTS

• Brand new 2K restoration from original film elements, exclusively restored by Arrow Films
• Presented on High Definition Blu-ray (1080p)
• Original uncompressed stereo PCM audio
• Optional English subtitles for the deaf and hard-of-hearing
• The Path To Aftermath, a newly filmed interview with producer Tom Dugan
• Apocalypse Then, a newly filmed interview with star Tony Markes
• Before The Aftermath: The Influence of Angel’s Egg, a new appreciation of Mamoru Oshii’s original film by anime expert Andrew Osmond (author of Arrow Books’ Ghost In The Shell)
• Still and poster gallery
• Reversible sleeve featuring original and newly commissioned artwork by Corey Brickley

FIRST PRESSING ONLY: Illustrated collector’s booklet featuring new writing on the film by Jon Towlson

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Re: In the Aftermath

#2 Post by Calvin » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:27 pm

An odd choice for Arrow to release this (and to restore it themselves) and not Oshii's Angel's Egg itself.

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Re: In the Aftermath

#3 Post by colinr0380 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:45 pm

Absolutely fantastic! I have been banging on about this bizarre film for decades it seems (so take the following with a pinch of salt as someone with their nostalg(h)ia-goggles on rhapsodising a bit!) It is sort of the sci-fi equivalent of the re-using of The Terror in Targets, with the live action sections of characters in radiation suits (much of the early sections are scored to the breathing apparatus, 2001-style) searching through rubble and industrial buildings that interestingly contrast against the much more powerfully abstract Angel's Egg material. I remember finding the film slightly disturbing but also incredibly hypnotic when just stumbling across it on late night television in my early teens. It might be hyping it up too much, but it created the same feeling in me that seeing Stalker later on did, and I would be curious to find out whether the Tarkovsky influenced at least the Colpaert material a bit, not to mention the original Oshii animation.

There's not too much like this, although something like Mamoru Oshii's 2001 live action, Polish language film Avalon is slightly in the same territory too (which would be another great Arrow release! hint, hint!), and a lot of the imagery in Angel's Egg (diving and reflections in particular) reappear in Ghost In The Shell.
Calvin wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:27 pm
An odd choice for Arrow to release this (and to restore it themselves) and not Oshii's Angel's Egg itself.
I would agree, as the perfect release would be both In The Aftermath: Angels Never Sleep and Angel's Egg together, but it might be due to rights perhaps. By the way, if anyone wants to check out Angel's Egg as its own thing (as worthy of a boutique release in its own right, almost the Fantastic Planet of the 1980s), it is currently up on the Oldtaku TV YouTube channel.
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Re: In the Aftermath

#4 Post by Calvin » Fri Feb 22, 2019 12:53 pm

There definitely were/are rights issues with Angel's Egg (preventing an Anchor Bay release all the way back in 2000/2001), but I've always thought that they were connected to this film and could be circumvented if they were released together or by the same label. Perhaps not though? I find it hard to believe that Arrow would have passed up on it if it was available to them.

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Re: In the Aftermath

#5 Post by colinr0380 » Fri Feb 22, 2019 1:22 pm

And here's another wonderful video discussing just Angel's Egg. The way the In The Aftermath material ties in with all that is that it is suggested to be the 'reality' surrounding the animation, and the fight against or embracing of what the unleashed power (or new life) contained within the the egg represents can be seen as a metaphor for the atomic bomb.

(I would also add that the obscure metaphorical apocalypse of Angel's Egg feels much more graspable than it once did now that obscure metaphorical lore has underpinned the structure of video games such as the Dark Souls series and Bloodborne! Let alone the recent Twin Peaks season!)

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Re: In the Aftermath

#6 Post by colinr0380 » Fri Mar 15, 2019 4:16 am

Calvin in Arrow Rumours and News wrote:
Thu Mar 14, 2019 1:35 pm
- Tried for but didn't get Angel's Egg
That would explain why it does not appear on the upcoming In The Aftermath disc, with a discussion from Andrew Osmond about Angel's Egg instead, which is a shame but hopefully that means someone else might be releasing it (either that or it was too expensive to justify picking up when so much of the film appears within In The Aftermath already).

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Re: In the Aftermath

#7 Post by Calvin » Fri Mar 15, 2019 7:10 am

Or that there are still rights issues. I thought the rights issues were relating to In the Aftermath and could possibly be overcome if the same label released both, but maybe not. I would be very surprised if anyone else had it (certainly no UK anime label has ever seemed interested in the past) and if it was costly...surely you would drop In the Aftermath (or at least its restoration) and go with Angel's Egg instead?

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