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Director's Series Vol. 5 - Work of Director Jonathan Glazer

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Jonathan Glazer is a music video and commercial icon whose extraordinary work reveals his gift for intense visual ambition. After winning multiple awards for both mediums he directed the 2001 feature film, Sexy Beast starring Sir Ben Kingsley, followed in 2004 by Birth starring Nicole Kidman.

British filmmaker Jonathan Glazer began by directing pop promos and advertisements before transitioning into features. His video style is crisp and clean, yet vaguely menacing. There's always more going on than meets the eye--a quality carried over into his films. Like Kubrick, he's partial to Steadicams and empty hallways. Massive Attack's "Karmacoma" even features twins straight from The Shining, while Blur's "The Universal" cops from A Clockwork Orange, so he's not exactly shying away from the influence. Glazer's commercial style, on the other hand, is more wide-ranging, less easily identifiable. His ambitious ads for Guinness, Levi’s, etc. bring out his playful side in a way the videos do not. Interestingly, oddball actor Denis Lavant (Beau Travail) shows up twice, in the creepy clip for UNKLE's "Rabbit in Your Headlights" and the "Last Orders" spot for Stella Artois. This Director's Series edition also features excerpts from Sexy Beast and Birth.--Kathleen C. Fennessy

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Be sure to check out The Director's Label Boxed Set Vol. 2, featuring The Work of Jonathan Glazer, and volumes by Mark Romanek, Anton Corbijn, and Stéphane Sednaoui.

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  • Actors: Damon Albarn, Richard Ashcroft (II), Richard Ashcroft (III), Jean-Claude Carrière, Nick Cave
  • Directors: Nick Cave, Jonathan Glazer
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WIEF2
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #89,783 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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38 of 38 people found the following review helpful By WilM. VINE VOICE on June 24, 2005
Format: DVD
This DVD contains almost all of Jonathan Glazer's eye-popping videos.

I guess he's not directed more than a dozen, but who needs more with a portafolio like his.

Now venturing into feature film, directing Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast and NIcole Kidman in Birth, Jonathan Glazer's DVD showcases his best videos and extensively doucments his other work in commercials and feature film.


Music Videos

Radiohead - Street Spirit

Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity

Richard Ashcroft - A Song for the Lovers

Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Into My Arms

UNKLE - Rabbit in Your Headlights

Blur - The Universal

Radiohead - Karma Police

Massive Attack - Karmacoma


Wrangler - Ride

Guinness - Surfer (extended)

Guinness - Swim Black

Guinness - Dreamer

Volkswagen - Protection

Stella Artois - Last Orders

Stella Artois - Whip Round

Levis - Kung Fu

Levis - Odyssey

Barclays - Bull (with Samuel L. Jackson)

Barclays - Chicken (with Samuel L. Jackson)

Interviews and Commentaries

Including Nick Cave, Richard Ashcroft, Jamiroquai, Denis Lavant, 3D, Blur and James Lavelle.


Sexy Beast (excerpt) - You're the Problem

Interviews with Ray Winstone and Sir Ben Kingsley

Birth (excerpt) - Central Park

Interviews with Nicole Kidman, Danny Huston, Harris Savides, Milo Addica and Jean Claude Carriere.

Tramp: Paul Kaye

52 Page Book

Includes photographs, sketches, storyboards and interviews.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By David R. Burton on November 7, 2005
Format: DVD
At first glance, I was disappointed by the material provided on this DVD. This is supposed to be a music video compilation, and how many videos are we provided here: 7 or 8? In comparison to the Romanek and Corbijn DVDs, this disc seems to fall short. After a run though, this turned out to be a quality disc of Glazer's "best" material.

Pretty much all the videos (even if there's only a few here) are spectacular. The Karma Police and Street Spirit videos rival Michel Gooooondry for the king of Radiohead directors. The multiple speeds of the subjects in Street Spirit confused me, really confused me, when I first saw the video on MTV, and I still didn't know how he did it until it was explained here. His famous Jamiroquai video is always fun to watch again, and although the floor trick isn't nearly as cool after the first few viewings, you have to admit that it's original. Oh, and I definitely can't leave out the video for "Rabbit in the Headlights," one of my favorites, straight genius.

Although you get gypped with the number of videos, it almost evens out with the film clips, extras, and commercials included here. Glazer has pretty much proven his talents in all three areas, so getting a chance to watch his clever Guinness Commercials or his hilarious dark comedy Sexy Beast is a nice treat (I hope everyone has seen this movie by now). I still haven't seen Birth, though, so I've prevented myself from watching the excerpts here.

The only thing this disc lacks is quality commentary, especially in the music video section. I almost never trade the music for the commentaries, and the extras are pretty weak, too. However, this is a solid introduction to a very unique and talented director, and definitely worth having in your collection.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Andrew Rodriguez on March 27, 2010
Format: DVD
I've been a fan of Palm Pictures since they came out with a Mocean Worker dvd single and Sound & Motion Vol. 1 which is what started my interest in non-MTV music videos. While Jonathan Glazer's videos don't have the obscurity of Chris Cunningham's, they don't have the mass marketability as Anton Corbijn, hence why the dvd starts with U.N.K.L.E.'s 'Rabbit in your Headlights' video. The band never allowed pictures or videos of themselves in their early days, but can be seen driving the car where the music cuts out in the first video. Jonathan Glazer's videos have what I like most about seeing a music video - They tell their own story, based on the story the song tells by itself. I'd say Glazer's videos are a cross between Chris Cunningham and Michel Gondry, right in the middle.

I give it five stars because of the complexity each video has in capturing the right mood of the song, which is why you'll find Radiohead, Massive Attack, U.N.K.L.E., and the simply fantastic Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity video. I love the Director's Label series with the booklets that have notes about each of the videos by the director. Michel Gondry's is particularly great. Out of the Label series this is my favorite director, followed by a tie between Michel Gondry, Spike Jonez, and Chris Cunningham. I feel all four of these directors are equally creative and ingenious that really emphasize the high points of the artists they film with. If you came over to my party and if I didn't have Underworld's Everything Everything Live playing, this would be on. Buy it, says my 2 year old son :)
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