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Schism
Shorts
December 06, 2012    
Overall rating 
 
9.5
Audio/Video Quality 
 
10.0
Visual Editing 
 
10.0
Audio Editing 
 
10.0
Narrative 
 
10.0
Enjoyment 
 
9.0

From the DVD, Neglify Shorts Vol 1, though this can also be found on Part of Consecution Six - Shut Up!
Great job of condensing Van Sant’s underrated (under-viewed) Elephant.

Video: MPEG 720 X 480p. Editing was all first rate. Several scenes could have extended a beat or two or three longer. I’m not complaining, just got caught up in the mood at times and wanted to linger.

Audio: 6 Channel AC3, 448 Kbps. On the sound system, I noticed the immediate shift from 2 channel to 6 channel. Music choices, from Floyd to Tool, blend well and enhance the short.

Narrative: Incredibly, this holds together and the germ of the story is easy of understand.

Enjoyment: I did not think I would, especially since Van Sant is a director I kick at frequently. Nevertheless, I liked this. May not rewatch often (SPOILER - film is a downer - END SPOILER). The short is poignant, brooding, steeped in fatalism.

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