Written by: Michael Den Boer on December 3rd, 2008
Theatrical Release Date: Netherlands, 2007
Director: Rene Daalder
Writer: Rene Daalder
Cast: Bas Jan Alder
DVD released: November 18th, 2008
Approximate running time: 67 minutes
Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1 Full Frame
Sound: Dolby Digital Stereo English / Dutch
DVD Release: Cult Epics
Region Coding: Region 0 NTSC
Retail Price: $24.95
The structure of Here Is Always Somewhere Else is a probing look into the life, art and mysterious disappearance of Bas Jan Alder in 1975. Alder’s final project titled “In Search of the Miraculous“, had him traveling in across the Atlantic Ocean. During his journey across the Atlantic Ocean he would disappear at sea. To this day only the boat that he was sailing in has been found.
The most interesting aspect of Here Is Always Somewhere Else is how Rene Daalder connects his and Bas Jan Alder’s artistic journeys. Overall Here Is Always Somewhere Else is a riveting story about an artist willing to make the ultimate sacrifice to find the truth he was looking for.
Cult Epics presents Here Is Always Somewhere Else in its original 1:33:1 aspect ratio. The newly shot interviews are in excellent shape with some of the clips from Bas Jan Alder films and home movies have noticeable wear and tear. Overall the image quality fares well for the most part.
The audio is presented in a Dolby Digital stereo. Most of the dialog is in English while some is in Dutch with English subtitles. The audio sounds clean, clear and evenly balanced.
Extras for this release have been spread over two discs. Extras on disc one include a trailer for Here Is Always Somewhere Else, a promo trailer for an art exhibit which featured some of Bas Jan Alder art and the main extra on disc one is a twenty three minute Q&A from the Los Angeles premier with includes comments from director Rene Daalder, Bas Jan Alder’s widow Mary Sue Ader-Anderson and producer Aaron Ohlman.
Extras for disc two include seven of Bas Jan Alder’s short films, Fall 1, Fall 2, I’m Too Sad To Tell You, Broken Fall (Geometric), Broken Fall, Nightfall and Primary Time. Also included with this release is a six page booklet that includes images, a brief filmography and a text essay about Bas Jan Alder, written by Rene Daalder. Overall Cult Epic’s have put together an exceptional DVD release that pairs Bas Jan Alder’s rarely seen short films with Rene Daalder engrossing documentary, highly recommended.