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Beastie Boys Video Anthology (The Criterion Collection)

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This 2-disc DVD set features 18 Beastie Boy Clips, such as Intergalactic, Shake Your Rump, Gratitude, Shadr ach, Sabotage, Alive, and lots more; also includes special features, such as 100+ video angles & audio tracks, switchable at any time, more than 4

Special Features

  • Over 100 video angles and audio tracks, switchable at anytime during playback
  • More than 40 remixes
  • A cappella versions
  • Rare still photographs
  • Storyboards
  • Interview with the cast of "Sabotage"
  • The world-premiere director's cut of Nathanial Hornblower's "Intergalactic" spin-off "The Robot vs. the Octopus Monster Saga"

Product Details

  • Actors: Adam Horovitz, Adam Yauch, Mike D, Beastie Boys, Mario Caldato Jr.
  • Directors: Adam Yauch, Adam Bernstein, Ari Marcopoulos, David Perez Shadi, Evan Bernard
  • Producers: Adam Yauch
  • Format: Color, Dolby, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Criterion Collection
  • DVD Release Date: November 21, 2000
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004YZGR
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #86,232 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Beastie Boys Video Anthology (The Criterion Collection)" on IMDb

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96 of 107 people found the following review helpful By Claude Bouchard on August 15, 2000
Format: DVD
I was fortunate enough to have received an advance copy of this new Beastie Boys DVD release. All I can say is "WOW! CRITERION'S DONE IT AGAIN!". Although I'm not a big fan of their music, this 2-disc set is packed with so much unusual and fun DVD technology that it makes the music quite bearable and wholly entertaining, even to this non-rap fan! I must admit that the Boys are among the most influential video groups of the last two decades, and this DVD release clearly shows why.
This 2-disc anthology fully showcases the potential of DVD technology, with most of the 18 videos containing alternate visual angles (a fun and interesting feature that's almost never used on standard DVDs) and multiple audio tracks. There are hundreds of possible image and sound combinations, including new surround mixes, a cappella versions, and more than 40 remixes by famous DJs and remixers, including many new ones created exclusively for this release. Loaded with never-before-seen footage and unreleased music tracks, this special edition also contains a truckload of rare still photos and exclusive audio commentary by and interview with the band and the video directors. And there's also the world-premiere director's cut of Nathanial Hornblower's "Intergalactic" spin-off "The Robot vs. the Octopus Monster Saga."
According to the DVD case, there are over 100 video angles and audio tracks switchable at any time during playback, for hours of possible image and sound combinations. I know that I've had the DVD set for one week now and I've barely scratched the surface of everything that's available on this.
One final nice touch: they've even included English subtitles for old guys like me (I'm 35) who absolutely cannot make out what they're rapping about!
An unbelievable release! Definitely worthy of the Criterion label.
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18 of 19 people found the following review helpful By kiwi on December 1, 2000
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
GET THIS ANTHOLOGY. I don't usually give 5 stars and I'm not crazy about the Beastie Boys but it doesn't matter, this is exceptional. The options available will make you love this 2 disc set. There are tons of remixes, a cappella versions, alternate angles that will take you a LONG time to explore them all. The different remixes alone are worth the price--add all the commentary and videos and you've got an incredible value.
I'm not saying it's perfect. Some subtitles were censored which is ridiculous and the B Boys commentary is a lot of useless talk with the guys just being guys, "I think I lost that shirt" or "That's my sister's cat" and "You look good in that white suit." Some people will love all that trivia but I thought they could've done a better job explaining where they were shooting, who was involved, the ideas, etc. The video directors do a much better job at all that but some were bogus--one in particular was a pre-interview included as commentary over a cell phone that was breaking up--don't worry, you can't tell that the guy can't hear the questions because the sound quality is excellent and he gives a useful commentary--it just felt unprofessional. Especially when the interviewer asked what he was wearing and he said a "diaphanous" "negligee." All in good fun. Other directors were superb, most notably the "Something's Got to Give" commentary explaining the Vietnam shots of nature overlapping with human nature--pristine forests and farms with no signs of military installations or anything being destroyed by U.S. B-52's. But there are storyboards, the photographs, and the more than 40 remixes are timed to match the over 100 videos!--it is so worth it.
This will make a great gift for a lot of people.
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13 of 14 people found the following review helpful By H. Yu on November 28, 2000
Format: DVD
Like so many other fans, I've waited eagerly for this collection to come out. After a few delays, this collection has finally come out. And on DVD! To put it succinctly, the double-DVD set does not disappoint! You have eighteen music videos (9 on each DVD). In addition to the videos, you can create your own video for each song by choosing from many different video angles and track remixes. And you can flip between each angle and track remix for each song! The extra footage and supplements make this collection worthwhile (especially with the Intergalactic spin-off of The Robot vs. The Octopus Monster Saga). The best videos (to view and create) are for "Intergalactic", "Alive", "Body Movin'", and "Sure Shot". If you are a true BBoy fan, get this collection NOW!
And, oh by the way, for those of you that live outside of North America (i.e., Europe, Asia, Australia, and anywhere else), did I mention that this collection is playable in ALL regions? In other words, no need to worry about the NTSC/PAL formats!
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By nitemare hippie girl on December 27, 2001
Format: DVD
I just received this DVD collection for Christmas after a month's anticipation resulting from begging a friend to buy it for me. When I got it I was happy enough just to see that there was a free two-sided poster inside (there's a bonus!), but the real giddy enjoyment came the first time I watched the first disc. "The Robot Vs. Octopus Saga" was pretty funny, and discovering the numerous different angles I could watch "Intergalactic" in was even more entertaining. Oh, and watch the saga in surround sound, it's really cool.
Sure, I was disappointed that a few good videos were left off, like "She's On It" and "Fight For Your Right"--how can you have a Beastie Boys video collection without that integral, classic video? But that still didn't keep me from spending the first three days of ownership in front of the TV watching every video, owner's manual in hand seeking out all the extra features. I swear, everyone in my house must've been so sick of hearing "Sabotage" because I was watching all the different fight sequences so many times.
Really, this is the first time I've ever used the multi-angle button. You could spend over an hour (yeah, I did) watching "Alive" in all the different angles while playing a different remix each time. I loved watching my favorite video, "Three MC's and One DJ," in quadri-angle, and even better I was surprised at how clear the picture was since I'm used to the ... quality of the videotape I have some of these videos on. I suppose that's just a DVD player thing, huh?... This new-fangled electronic stuff...
This DVD collection is perfect for any Beastie Boys fan who maybe hasn't seen some of these old videos ("So What'cha Want," "Sure Shot," "Hey Ladies," or the newer but rare "Body Movin' ") in a long time.
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