Monday, December 07, 2009

BURDEN OF DREAMS on Netflix Instant View

I don't know if anybody reading this has purchased one yet, but I'm a big fan of the Roku, the little black box that lets you stream Netflix's Instant View titles right to your TV. I picked one up this fall and though I'm still tinkering with the signal strength from my Apple AirPort Extreme it's a great way to catch up on things when my daughter takes her increasingly infrequent afternoon naps.

If you watch Netflix Instant View titles on your computer, Roku or other device capable of streaming titles to your TV, I highly recommend subscribing to the Netflix Watch Instantly blog which feeds titles that are available through the service. It's easier than working your way through NetFlix's recommendations and will surely lead to much queue-filling.

For my fellow Kinski fans, be sure to check out Les Blank's documentary BURDEN OF DREAMS if you don't already have the Criterion DVD. It's currently available via Instant View and presents a fascinating behind-the-scenes look at the making of Werner Herzog's FITZCARRALDO. Here's their capsule write-up on the flick...
This feature-length documentary from filmmaker Les Blank paints a riveting portrait of megalomaniacal German director Werner Herzog as he worked against almost insurmountable odds in the Amazon jungle to craft his epic movie Fitzcarraldo. Besides capturing the seemingly hexed production's myriad adversities, Blank's camera exposes Herzog as a man obsessed with his art and pressed to the brink of insanity to see his cinematic vision fulfilled.
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5 comments:

Scott said...

Wow, a whole blog about one actor who most people today don't even remember! Interesting, I like it! I loved The Great Silence.

Dan said...

Thanks for the comment Scott and I'll definitely be checking out your blog. Action movies, action comics and unpopular music? You're speaking my language!

Scott said...

Cool, thanks! So hard to find time to write these days.

Anonymous said...

This blog has been a great find for me. I ran into Klaus Kinski for the first time a few months ago when I first saw Aguirre, the Wrath of God (which was also the first Herzog film I ever watched). The film sent me reeling through Herzog’s filmography (which is a subject for another blog altogether). Suffice it to say that, when I was finished, I discovered that Klaus was the most interesting part of it all (take THAT, Werner). However, rambling through Kinski’s films has put me in touch with a genre or two that had, frankly, escaped my notice over the years. Imagine my happy surprise when I bumped into The Great Silence. Anyway, no one I know cares a jot about Kinski and I am sent to the corner in shame whenever I bring up the subject. Now I don’t have to feel so alone. Great blog and wonderful links, Dan. One question on the Klaus Watch: How did you get your hands on some of these films? I am a Netflix subscriber and they are pretty bare bones on Kinski. Where did you get a copy of Paganini or Black Killer, for instance? Keep fighting the good fight and, once again, thank you!

Dan said...

Anon: Thanks for the nice comments and I'm glad some folks outside my circle of fellow trash fans are finding the blog. Unfortunately, as you point out, much of Klaus' output isn't available on legit DVD. My suggestion would be to check out the grey market sources like European Trash Cinema, Digital Conquest, Luminous Film and Video Works and Video Search of Miami. Feel free to drop me a note at editor at dantenet.com for more info.