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Director's Series Vol. 4 - Work of Director Mark Romanek (2005)

Fiona Apple , Audioslave , Lance Bangs , Mark Romanek  |  Unrated |  DVD
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  • Actors: Fiona Apple, Audioslave, Beck, Brian Bell, Chester Bennington
  • Directors: Lance Bangs, Mark Romanek
  • Producers: Lance Bangs, Ceán Chaffin, Danielle Peretz, June Rachel Guterman, Krista Montagna
  • Format: Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: September 13, 2005
  • Run Time: 155 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0009WIEFC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #94,141 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Director's Series Vol. 4 - Work of Director Mark Romanek" on IMDb

Special Features


Editorial Reviews

Artists who’ve worked with him describe Mark Romanek as "meticulous" and "demanding." Yet, the biggest names in the business have clamored to work with the mercurial helmer, because they know he'll make them look good: Madonna ("Rain"), No Doubt ("Hella Good"), etc. Along the way, the Grammy winner has been behind some of the world's most famous--and infamous--videos.

Read our interview with Mark Romanek.
On the groundbreaking side, there's Lenny Kravitz's exhilarating "Are You Gonna Go My Way," which made the musician a star in one fell swoop. On the controversial side, there's Fiona Apple's teasing "Criminal," Nine Inch Nails' macabre "Closer," and Jay-Z's apocalyptic "99 Problems"--the latter two in director's cut editions. In another class entirely, is Romanek's heartbreaking video for Johnny Cash's "Hurt." More than a promo, it's an elegy for a legend. Despite an interview with Robin Williams, this collection otherwise overlooks Romanek's features, One Hour Photo and Static. --Kathleen C. Fennessy

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

Product Description

This collection includes many music videos by the director from the past decade by artists including Jay-Z, Linkin Park, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Johnny Cash, Audio Slave, No Doubt, Mick Jagger, Janet Jackson, Fiona Apple, Nine Inch Nails, Beck, Weezer, Eel

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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Godafther of Music Video June 24, 2005
Where the first series released included the impressive work of Chris Cunnigham, Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze, this new series features Stephane Sednaoui, Mark Romanek, Jonathan Glazer and Anton Corbijn.

Besides a collection of remarkable videos from the last 15 years, we can also see a documentary, pictures and a glimpse through Mark's entire body of work. Also, commentaries for all his videos.


Jay Z - 99 Problems (director's cut)

Linkin Park - Faint

Red Hot Chili Peppers - Can't Stop

Johnny Cash - Hurt

Audioslave - Cochise (director's cut)

No Doubt - Hella Good (director's cut)

Mick Jagger - God Gave Me Everything

Janet Jackson featuring Joni Mitchell and Q-Tip - Got Til It's Gone

Fiona Apple - Criminal

Nine Inch Nails - Perfect Drug

Beck - Devil's Haircut

Weezer - El Scorcho (director's cut)

Eels - Novocaine for the Soul

Sonic Youth - Little Trouble Girl

Michael & Janet Jackson - Scream (director's cut)

Madonna - Bedtime Story

R.E.M. - Strange Currencies

G. Love & Special Sauce - Cold Beverage

Nine Inch Nails - Closer (director's cut)

David Bowie - Jump, They Say

Madonna - Rain

Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way

Keith Richards - Wicked as it Seems (director's cut)

En Vogue - Free Your Mind

kd lang - Constant Craving

Special Features

-A brand new documentary featuring Beck, Jay-Z, Rick Rubin, Michael Stipe, Janet Jackson, Trent Reznor, Anthony Keidis, Gwen Stefani, Keith Richards and others.
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
The Spike Jonze and Michel Gondry discs had dense, worthwhile documentaries and extra features.

While the music videos are great, the rest of this Romanek disc feels a bit slap-dash. The only extras are a press-kittish "making of" for "99 Problems," a joke doc and a more serious profile with talking heads talking about what a brilliant guy he is. I don't dispute that statement -- and I could stand an entire movie of Rick Rubin just chatting away -- but a brilliant guy deserves a more penetrating, substantive look into his work.

Even the commentaries are simply soundbites taken from the documentary (uh, rip!).

Still, we do get some fantastic videos -- especially "99 Problems"; Johnny Cash, "Hurt" (believe the hype; it transcends the medium); Fiona Apple, "Criminal" (one of the sexiest-yet-most-cynical videos ever made); Beck's "Devil's Haircut"; "Closer"; and especially Sonic Youth's Little Trouble Girl," which may be my favorite video ever made.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Romanek - Best Of The Director's Label series so far! September 17, 2005
I am a big fan of short-film forms of media, especially in the music video format, because it forces the director to convey his/her visual companion to the song in a very limited amount of time - often forcing the more talented ones to think outside the box and create something more abstract, complex, and satisfying then most feature films. I picked up the Michel Gondry and Spike Jonze sets almost immediately because I knew their movie and video work quite well, and I was not disappointed with either set (Chris Cunningham's set was too limited and disturbing for me, though he is also undeniably brilliant). Of the second series, I bought the boxed set and this disc is easily the best of the bunch.

Mark Romanek's work in this medium is my favorite for several reasons. for one thing, he does not repeat himself in overall theme or approach (maybe reusing floating motifs occasionally), but finds what fits the song and the essence of the artist and manages to capture this on film. Just look at the two most personal (and for my money, best) videos on this set, Jay-Z's controversial "99 Problems" and Johnny Cash's haunting and stunning cover of NiN's "Hurt". you see right away that they are staggeringly unique. However, both pieces manage to relate completely to the songs, sum the the artist's entire career and background, contain stunning visual imagery and become emotionally engaging in different ways - the first time I saw the Jay-Z video I was shocked at the bleak finale, while the Cash video moved me (and many others, if the included documentary is any indication) to tears. It is amazing that Romanek is able to evoke so much from his collaborators in such a short amount of time.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Redeemed the music video medium January 7, 2006
Everyone knows Mark Romanek's work, even if they have never heard of him. From Madonna to Michael Jackson to Coldplay he has, over the past 10/15 years, been the most vital music video director around. Whilst I prefer David Fincher's work, and find the likes of Francis Lawrence and Jonathan Glazer to also be phenomenal, Romanek has somehow become the undisputed king of music videos.

Either pushing the envelope from a technical or iconographic standpoint Romanek has always strived to create art. It just so happens his art is commercially viable, being one million times more effective than the awful commercial drivel produced more often than not by the likes of Hype Williams, Paul Hunter, and Joseph Kahn.

Whilst I feel he is as responsible as Michael Bay for creating an appetite for fast, 3 second edits, he is also responsible for creating imagery that provokes a deep emotional response that often lingers for the rest of the day. Whilst his gothic imagery of the mid to late nineties has now become vacuous and cliche, at the time it was nothing less than groundbreaking. His current work (see Linkin Park, Coldplay, Johnny Cash and Jay Z) is however arguably his best work to date, so hopefully in 10 years time we will all be asking for Volume 2 of his work.

As for the DVD package. Well it is a must for all aspiring film/video directors, and contains solid commentaries (even if they aren't actually typcial commentaries, but more lifted interview quotes played over the videos) The extras reveal a perfectionist, uncompromising figure who will quite happily push pampered artists to their limit to get the shot he wants. I'm both scared and in awe of him, and hope that unlike Fincher he will continue to make more great videos in the years to come!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent work
The best work of one of the best music videos director. I recommend this Dvd.

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Published on February 24, 2009 by Ricardo Willson Andrade
4.0 out of 5 stars For fans and students of Romanek and for those who love his work
Certainly, I am not a great follower of pop music and even less of music videos. However, when I happened to see "Hurt" by Johnny Cash I was blown away. Read more
Published on March 23, 2007 by Craig Matteson
5.0 out of 5 stars A nice collection from a talented director
From the last 4-pack director series, this one is the most worthwhile. What you're likely to see here is a collection of the most breathtaking music videos (and I'd be willing to... Read more
Published on March 16, 2007 by R. Cunningham
5.0 out of 5 stars the medium and the message
visionary, stimulating works that really help expand the mind wide open. This is a director who seems to embrace change, always looking for greater and greater inspirations along... Read more
Published on March 20, 2006 by Brian Wallace (Co-author of It's Not Your Hair)
5.0 out of 5 stars The King of Music Videos?
Mr. Romanek is indisputably the king of the music video, and he's really not my favorite from this collection either. Read more
Published on November 7, 2005 by David R. Burton
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Romanek y su juego Visual
Recomendado para los amantes del videoclip, el booklet posee una gran conversacion junto con Spike Jonze y excelentes fotográfias; el sonido y el menu del disco poseen... Read more
Published on November 2, 2005 by PinkBearLover
5.0 out of 5 stars AWSOME DVD!
Published on October 25, 2005 by Tessa Gerlach
5.0 out of 5 stars Good job!
En Vogue's "Free Your Mind" is one of the timeless videos on this DVD and speaks to the brilliance of Romanek's abilities. Read more
Published on October 5, 2005 by Matthew
4.0 out of 5 stars The essentials, plus...
It's nice to see new additions to the Work of Director series, and Mark Romanek seems a perfect choice. Read more
Published on September 17, 2005 by Arthur Martin
5.0 out of 5 stars Mark Romanek gets a little more recognition - at last
Just to see the images Romanek makes move is enough to sell you on his visions.
Sadly, this disc makes NO mention of his 'long lost' film Static, which I have given... Read more
Published on September 8, 2005 by Amazon Customer
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