March 14th, 2004

cremaster 3

Welcome to = Ultra-rare DVDs
The Cremaster Cycle 3 – USA 2002 Color – $24.99 DVD-R (2 Disc Set)
The Cremaster Cycle 4 & 5 – USA 1994/1997 Color – $14.99 DVD-R
The Cremaster Cycle 1 & 2 – USA 1995/1999 Color – $14.99 DVD-R

Impossible to find, decent quality, mastered from 3rd generation VHS tape of the original museum laserdiscs.

from an review:

The Cremaster Cycle is that rarest of oddities, a series of films that have managed to become wildly popular despite having content that would leave the average filmgoer walking out scratching his head and saying “what on earth did I just sit through?” For that matter, most film snobs will wonder the same thing. Cremaster is like the Ezra Pound’s Cantos of modern film; you’ll enjoy it on the surface, but there’s much more to be found if you happen to be up on such topics as Biblical history, the Masonic initiation rites, the Paralympics, and other such cultural obscurities. But don’t let such a thing stop you. I know there’s a lot of you out there who just have a thing for men in kilts. You get that, too.

another, less complimentary “review”:

Matthew Barney is a jack-ass
I saw the Cremaster Cycle, number three in particular, and i thought it was absolutly a waste of time. The order, by and far, has to be the most non sensical part of the entire sequence. The only people who enjoyed it didnt really, and are just saying so to make others feel like they are less. I understand Barney was trying to convey a deeper meaning, but he didnt, what he did do is manage to waste large amounts of money Dont buy this, Matthew Barney is nothing more than a no good psudo-artist, dont let him get his hands on any more of your money.

I saw #3 at the Guggenheim in June of 2003. I was vastly disappointed that I didn’t like it; I felt old. Once upon a time, in my wild, heady, anything avant-garde-is-f*****g-cool days, I would have loved this. Now, I think “how much one can accomplish when given five million dollars.”

Nevertheless, some bootleg DVD purchases might be in order. I just love pirate copies of high art.

I wonder where I can get me some DeKooning….

UPDATE 03.28.05 — no longer seems to have the Barney discs available; not that I can find, at any rate. Here’s a bit of a dish on DVD-R Bootleggers from the V.Voice.

And Eric Doeringer’s Cremaster 2 is not so much a bootleg as an art project in itself.


  1. comment by gilbert on Wednesday, Mar 30th, 2005 8:16 am

    I found out about the Cremaster discs thru your site and asked Brutallo if they still had them. yes, they do although they are not listed on the site.

  2. comment by gilbert on Wednesday, Mar 30th, 2005 8:17 am

    not only that but there are screen caps here :

  3. comment by the Other michael on Thursday, Mar 31st, 2005 5:45 pm

    Well, Mr. Gilbert — thankee kindly!

  4. pingback by interference patterns » Blog Archive » on Monday, Mar 27th, 2006 4:05 pm

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