Essentially, Pathfinder has released a 1992 retelling of Kafkaâ€™s Metamorphosis on DVD, and have bundled it together with â€œTelephoneâ€, a 16-minute short exercise in Kafkaesque storytelling. This ensures that two directors have their works saved for posterity, as well as provide a snapsnot into middle-nineties interpretations of Kafkaâ€™s seminar work. While there are not bonus features per se in this release, the faithfulness that Soth brings to the project is impressive, deftly adapting to the then-current Kafkaâ€™s work.
The only thing that I would like to have seen would be a commentary further explaining the context in which each film was created. I mean, I have read â€œMetamorphosisâ€, but I would like to understand more clearly the challenges and other issues that came forth in Sothâ€™s retelling of the story. Pathfinderâ€™s transfer of the film from the original source is clear and provides sharp audio and video, making sure that symbolic elements and lighting are not placed into a muddy background. Beyond that, there is not much to say about this two-film collection.
Both films are interesting in different ways, with â€œBeyond the Screen Doorâ€ appealing to the Kafka fan in me, while â€œTelephoneâ€ Strikes out on its own and really tells a story that is fresh and new. For fans of good, cutting-edge cinema (even if it is over fifteen years old), Metamorphosis: Beyond The Screen Door should be high up on the next films that one should pick up.
Metamorphosis: Beyond The Screen Door (DVD) / 2009 Pathfinder / 79 Minutes / http://www.pathfinderpictures.com