Good to get the All Clear on the BluRay. I believe MichaelB was also a fan, so he might want to chime in as well.
I am most definitely a fan - I was lucky enough to see it on a huge screen with absolutely no advance info other than the enthusiastic recommendation of a friend, and have similarly persuaded several other friends to see it (including one who had no apparent interest in wordless arthouse cinema, but who was intrigued by my accurate description of it as the best goat film ever - she dragged her fiancé along, and they both loved it too).
Has anyone seen the Sight & Sound
piece that covered it a few months back (June 11 issue)? It seems that there was no written script as such - instead, Frammartino meticulously storyboarded the film in advance - and we're not just talking stick-men (or goats): his draughtsmanship is excellent. As he explained in the piece "I feel that if I draw, I don't alter the idea I have in my head. Whereas if I try to write something down, I'm using a different part of my brain. So I draw, I take photographs, I make small animated sequences."
Incidentally, New Wave is bringing it out next week (at least according to an ad in the new Sight & Sound
), so it might be worth waiting for the inevitable Beaver comparison before ordering.