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Director's Label Series Boxed Set - The Works of Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, and Michel Gondry (2003)

Ashley Barnett , Beastie Boys , Chris Cunningham , Kim Gordon  |  NR |  DVD
4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)

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Product Details

  • Actors: Ashley Barnett, Beastie Boys, Brian Bell, Björk, The Breeders
  • Directors: Chris Cunningham, Kim Gordon, Lance Bangs, Michel Gondry, Olivier Gondry
  • Producers: Cindy Burnay
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Closed-captioned, Collector's Edition, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: November 16, 2004
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (27 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00065AXTM
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #172,332 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Director's Label Series Boxed Set - The Works of Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, and Michel Gondry" on IMDb

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Handsomely packaged and brimming with extra goodies, Palm Pictures' Director's Label Series Boxed Set will no doubt be required viewing for future generations of independent film and music video makers. The extras in the set include a poster featuring images from Chris Cunningham's videos on one side, and a collaborative drawing (also known as an "exquisite corpse") by the three directors on the other. The extra disc provides new videos by Jonze and Gondry, which may come as a disappointment to Chris Cunningham fans. Cunningham does join his fellow auteurs in a roughly filmed symposium at a record shop at which Jack Black is in attendance. In a moment of apparent earnestness, Cunningham reveals that he'd like to direct a video for Justin Timberlake. Now that would be something to watch. --Ryan Boudinot

Product Description

Available just in time for the holidays, Palm Pictures presents the Special Collector's Edition Directors Label Series Box Set featuring an exclusive bonus DVD and poster. Each volume features music videos, shorts, films and commercials hand-picked by the directors as well as exclusive interviews, alternate takes, unseen short films and documentaries. Each DVD also features exclusive audio and video commentaries from musicians, artists and collaborators.

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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Gondry is my hero! January 26, 2004
Format:DVD
I got the Spike Jonze DVD for Christmas and was already familiar with some of his work such as the Fat Boy Slim videos for "Praise You" and "Weapon of Choice" (featuring Christopher Walken dancing through a deserted hotel). I don't like everything he has made, but his good stuff is really excellent and he has a great talent for coming up with simple but very original concepts (like him leading a dance group outside a cinema in L.A. to the beats of FatBoy Slim). Also, he is partly responsible for bringing us MTV's "JackAss", of course!
One of my personal favourites is "Drop" by The Pharcyde which was filmed entirely backwards with some very amusing results. Also "What's Up Fatlip?" by Fatlip who seems to be one of the few rappers that dares to appear on camera without four models hanging off each arm. In fact, he cycles through suburbia with a kiddie seat on the back of his bike, lets his 6 year old cousin kick him in the balls and raps on the street clad in nothing but a dirty raincoat and a diaper.
Listening to Jonze's commentary about making some of the videos is very revealing and, accompanied by the candid descriptions of failed attempts in the booklet, helps you realize that even highly successful directors like Jonze and Cunningham make mistakes too. Chris Cunningham in particular is very critical of his own work which unfortunately resulted in his DVD containing less videos than the other two.
Cunningham's style is very dark and ominous and in some cases downright scary, as in "Come To Daddy" (Aphex Twin). You've probably seen it and if so, you will probably never forget it as it depicts a deformed character in a TV set screaming "Come to daddy!" at children who all have Richard D. James' grinning face (Aphex Twin himself).
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Probably the best DVDs I own May 6, 2005
By Jason!
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
First I want to say that if you are just considering buying one or two of these DVDs individually...forget it and just buy the whole set. All three presentations are amazing and have a high re-watch value, plus if you buy the set you get a bonus disc with a few more videos. If you ever saw that show late night on MTV in the late 90's called "Amp" this set has several of the videos featured on that show.

I hafta say the Michel Gondry disc is the best because its not only double sided, but has a nice 2-part documentary on Gondry that is extremely interesting. Also, if anybody else that watched this disc is wondering about all the Kate Winslet and Jim Carey references, its because Gondry was directing the movie Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind when this disc was made. I highly recomend that movie as well.

Even though the Chris Cunningham disc has the least amount of features, the works that it does contain are worth having since they are so beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Cunningham's work in the future.

And the Spike Jonze disc is great as well. Its also double-sided like the Gondry disc.

I might be biased to review this because I happen to already like most the artists and all the songs that the directors did videos for. So its like having a DVD of music videos for songs from my own music collection. But even with the sound turned down and other music playing, this set makes a room a bit more interesting.

The set is good for (besides just watching it uninterupted) visuals for parties; playing while doing housework; background entertainment while you're on the phone.

It pretty much replaces conventional entertainment.

The only thing lacking is directors' commentaries.
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20 of 23 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The best directors working right now. And really cheap!! December 30, 2004
Format:DVD
OK, you get 4 DVDs. One per director and a fourth bonus disk with work from all of them. and you get a booklet for each of the directors (so three little booklets just smaller than a DVD case, and in full color, with lots of details about what they were doing and why. and it includes sketches)

PLUS you get a huge double sided poster. One side is Chris Cunningham and the other side is a pencil drawing by all three directors. It's not the greatest in the world, but it's basically free at this price.

Spike Jonze is the most popular and well known of the three (I think) and I'm sure if you're reading this you have seen at least one of his videos or movies. If you like Mr. Jonze this set is for you.

Chris Cunningham is dark and evil and very sick. So, naturally, he does a lot of work with Richard James (Aphex Twin, AFX, Squarepusher) the dark and evil and very sick electronic musician. the video for Come to Daddy will make little children cry. Also, the booklet for Cunningham has some incredible and disturbing drawings from his sketchbook.

The star of this set and worth the entire price alone is Michel Gondry. If you saw the Foo Fighter's video for Everlong than you know what to expect: imagination, creativity, beauty... it goes on and on. I can't say enough good things about this director. He directed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Human Nature which are FANTASTIC movies!

This guy is a true genious. Im not a big Kylie Minogue fan, but just wait until you see his video for her song. Somehow he films her being looped over and over in the same environment without ever stopping the filming (at least to the perception of the viewer) and she begins to interact with herselves (all four of them) in the same environment perfectly. It's truly amazing to watch.

Ok, so the price is great, its worth twice as much. If you love film, music, art of any kind.. don't think about it, just get this set!!!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars For a friend
One of my employees is a cinema buff.. I got this for him for Christmas and he loved it.. I wouldnt hesitate on this one.
Published 3 months ago by b00kll0vr
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing!
All three of these artists are brilliant to say the least and I watch and re-watch these amazing music videos!!
Published 9 months ago by Wahd
5.0 out of 5 stars A must have
This is a collection that every one interested in music video, cinema, photography should see. Also great songs from different bands all packed together in this set.
Published 11 months ago by ARTURO RAMIREZ
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Set!
If you were a teenager in the 1990's and tweenties in early 2000's these directors were a vital part of music culture. Read more
Published on August 17, 2011 by Wayman M. MccAll
5.0 out of 5 stars The best of the best
If you have ever appreciated the combination of music and video, you must own this box set. It is simply one of the finest audio-visual experiences that you will encounter.
Published on December 28, 2008 by Turbo Van
5.0 out of 5 stars The best collection of infamous directors works!
This boxed set is 100% the best hands down. It contains the most classic and perfectly executed works from Michel Gondry, Chris Cunningham, and Spike Jonze. Read more
Published on January 14, 2008 by Adam Barnum
5.0 out of 5 stars Great, As Usual
I checked around for a good price and Amazon had the best. My daughter-in-law wanted this item so badly and Amazon delivered it for me. Thank you Amazon............. Silver A Kim
Published on December 14, 2007 by Silver A. Kim
5.0 out of 5 stars DAVID FINCHER DIRECTOR'S LABEL DVD???
This Box set and the 2nd box set are AMAZING!! All of these Director's Label DVD's are so intriguing and inspirational! Read more
Published on October 23, 2007 by Ethan Howlett
5.0 out of 5 stars Extra content not so good
The new videos and interviews are not so good. If you are buying this box buy it for the original content. This extra content is really not so good.
Published on August 27, 2007 by Daniel S. De Campos
5.0 out of 5 stars Too cool for film school...
Absolutely essential for anyone remotely interested in the music video as Art Form. There's not a bad choice in the bunch, and as Hot Chocolate once said, "Everyone's a winner,... Read more
Published on April 1, 2007 by Mr. Peter A. Quinn
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