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From Spike Jonze, the acclaimed director of the smash films "Adaptation" & "Being John Malkovich" comes Directors Label: The Work of Director Spike Jonze. This 2-sided DVD is the first time the bulk of Spike's non-theatrical work has ever been compiled o
When you experience The Work of Director Spike Jonze, you enter a world where anything can happen and frequently does. From the innovative director of Being John Malkovich and Adaptation., this superior compilation of music videos, documentaries, interviews, and early rarities offers abundant proof that Jonze is the real deal--a filmmaker ablaze with fresh ideas and fresh ways of filming them. While collectors will regret that only 16 of Jonze's 40+ music videos are included here, this glorious sampling represents the cream of Jonze's bumper crop, and for sheer ingenuity, it doesn't get any better than this. From the Beastie Boys' popular TV cop-spoof "Sabotage" to the intensely disciplined backwards-filming technique of the Pharcyde's "Drop," it's clear that Jonze has an affinity for inventive street theater, culminating in the sad/happy vibe of Fatlip's introspective "What's Up Fatlip?" and the pop-jazz effervescence of Bjork's "It's Oh So Quiet." Technical wizardry is also a Jonze trademark, especially in the elaborate "Happy Days" nostalgia of Weezer's "Buddy Holly" and the graceful fly-wire dancing of Christopher Walken to Fatboy Slim's pulsing "Weapon of Choice." No doubt about it: Every one of these videos is an award-worthy testament to Jonze's ability to combine hard work with fun-loving spontaneity.
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
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 1 month ago by Mario
The man. The myth. The legend. Spike Jonze is like no other, and I love this DVD.Published 5 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
Spike Jonze has always been the class clown of music video directors, churning out some of the silliest videos ever made. Read morePublished on January 24, 2005 by Devin DiMattia