Director's Series, Vol. 1 - The Work of Director Spike Jonze
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Accompanied by an informative 52-page booklet, this two-sided DVD (one in a three-disc series that includes the equally dazzling work of Michel Gondry and Chris Cunningham) also explores Jonze's artistic evolution with an entertaining selection of video rarities and three half-hour documentaries, the best being a revealing and very funny interview with rapper Fatlip after his dismissal from the Pharcyde. Commentaries for the music videos are consistently worthwhile, supporting Jonze's own belief that his best videos were made for artists whose work he genuinely enjoyed. Lucky for us, his pleasure is infectious. --Jeff Shannon
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which would be ok if it were someone like francis lawrence who makes only the occassional video worth watching, but we're talking spike jonze here! all of his videos are masterpieces! brilliant works like elastica's car song, sean lennon's home, pavement's shady lane, rem's crush with eyeliner and tenacious d's wonderboy (!) are missing, as are spike's earlier works with sonic youth and mike watt. aside from that, videos like the beastie boys' sure shot and the mc 900ft jesus track are just ok and could have easily been replaced by the better works previously mentioned.
alas, this is still spike jonze, and he's still made a lot more music video masterworks compared to most directors, so this dvd is more than worth it to 90's alternative music and music video fans. most of the classics are there, especially bjork's it's oh so quiet, beastie boys' sabotage, wax's california and the two award-winning fatboy slim videos. the extras are just great, and the 52 page booklet is lovely in the sense that it allows you to see what went on in the mind of contemporary cinema's most reclusive genius.
Among the memorable music videos are Wax's "California" in which a man runs down the street, with his back and legs covered in flames, Bjork's acrobatic "It's Oh So Quiet," Christopher Walken's antigravity romp in Fatboy Slim's "Weapon of Choice," Weezer's "Buddy Holly" with the Happy Days singing thing, and the Chemical Bros. "Elektrobank" starring hit director Sophia Coppola as a gymnast. And the high point, music-video-wise, is the Beastie Boys' outstandingly funny spoof of 70s cop shows (complete with funny hair).
Alongside this are the documentaries: the former Pharcyde rapper is the focus of "What's Up Fatlip?", which blossoms into more than just a documentary. "Torrance Rises" is the strangely heartwarming tale of a dance company getting ready for MTV, there's a behind-the-scenes look at a Pharcyde music video, and "Amarillo By Morning" related some bully stories. And almost all the musicians provide commentary and interviews -- accompanied by a booklet with a bit more info.
The world of Spike Jonze is one filled with strange and wonderful things. Don't expect anything, because you will only be wrong -- from the sparkling Bjork video, to humor and wit ("Sabotage"'s spoof), to outright surreality (the backwards-filmed "Drop").
Jonze himself has a flair for being funny and charming in his documentaries, such as "Amarillo" or "What's Up...Read more ›
However, I think this is the weakest set out of the Chris Cunningham, Michel Gondry, and Spike Jones 3-pack. It really has some great ones, but is missing some great ones, as well. That, and it's another A-side, B-side disc, however, it has a very nice thick booklet accompanying the DVD with rare Spize Jonze interviews. The B-Side has some documentaries and other stuff, but nothing nearly as interesting as the music videos. A highlight of this set would be the commentaries by the bands, which is on nearly every music video.
So, if you like music videos, and especially Spike Jonze's, then this is a definite buy for you. However, if you already have the key ones, or don't like Jonzey-boy very much, this set won't introduce much great material to win you over.
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While it was disappointing not to have ALL of Spike Jonze's work up until the date of the dvd's release, it is still jam packed with high quality music videos and short films that... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jacob Bradley
I never expected for the DVD to contain so much material. Having the chance to see most of Spike's work in a single collection is really gratifying. Read morePublished 6 months ago by Mario
The man. The myth. The legend. Spike Jonze is like no other, and I love this DVD.Published 10 months ago by Kyle B
The Amazon info clearly indicates a running time of 400 minutes. If that were so don't you think more than one dvd would have been required? Read morePublished on September 22, 2010 by STEPHEN
Tons of stuff on the DVD. Lots to watch. Very entertaining and funny. Most have a commentary on each video. There is some extra stuff too.Published on December 28, 2009 by Jessica Hobdell
Spike Jonze is an amazing music video director and this DVD is a great collection of his groundbreaking work that dominated MTV for much of the 1990s. Read morePublished on April 7, 2008 by Glenn Rubenstein
Reading the other reviewers here, it's clear that they are familiar with Jonze's work and think this is a great disk.
I came to it from the other direction. Read more
To those following the Director's Series, Spike Jonze is not a hidden secret, and here the feast of offerings is certainly enough to feed the fans--good range and detail. Read morePublished on February 23, 2006 by Kevin E. Cain