Re: Bill Viola on DVD

From: gyoungblood (email suppressed)
Date: Wed May 10 2006 - 05:41:15 PDT

Twenty years ago I produced a CAV laserdisc of some of Bill's early works for the Voyager Press, the private-label branch of Criterion's Janus Films franchise. The pieces were "Migration," "The Reflecting Pool," "Ancient of Days" and "Chott el-Djerid." I wrote an extensive close-analysis of the works that was included in the package and was later reprinted in Millennium Film Journal.

Voyager subsequently published a double-laserdisc edition (also CAV) of "I Do Not Know What It is I Am Like," and "The Space Between the Teeth" is on Volume Two of their three-laserdisc set called "Persistence of Vision."

So six early works are out there, on a format that is arguably better than DVD, and any arts-oriented libarary worth its salt should have them, and should have the equipment to play them. Also, any film-video department that doesn't have LD players isn't doing its job. Even my little college has several.

Bob Stein operated Voyager independently of the Criterion deal, so it's possible he still holds the copyrights.

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