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Elephant Parts (1981)

Robert Ackerman , Roy Babich  |  NR |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Robert Ackerman, Roy Babich, Chicago Steve Barkley, Cindy DeVore, Oliver Dear
  • Format: Closed-captioned, 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: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: March 18, 2003
  • Run Time: 62 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (58 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000844IZ
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #368,565 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Elephant Parts" on IMDb

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Michael Nesmith's groundbreaking Music & Comedy Classic - Winner of The Very First Grammy Award for Video! Join Michael Nesmith for this revolutionary video album of songs, skits and random strangeness that became a direct influence on everything from MTV to SNL. All New Michael Nesmith Commentary. Production Still Gallery

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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars When Video Was an Art Form May 27, 2001
These days a concert clip passes for a "video" of a song, and very few artists take the time and trouble to make a video that is in itself a piece of art, further developing and enrichening the song it is showcasing.
Michael Nesmith stood at the forecastle of the video ship, sailing her into port with the production of this comedy album/collection of video clips, "Elephant Parts." Yes, some of the comedy is a little dated; some of it is just plain silly. But Michael never claimed it was anything more than silly; plus, amidst all the late 70's jokes you'll find the extreme timelessness of his opening monologue, discussing the fact that "there's something funny about the gasoline prices!" rings hysterically true today, as does "The Large Detroit Car Company." The words of his closing song, "Tonite," also speak to a 2000's audience.
Enclosed with these comedy skits are five of Michael Nesmith's video clips, some of the best videos ever made in a time when video was truly its own standalone art form--made by the pioneer of video art. "Light," "Magic," and "Cruisin'" are all from Nesmith's "Infinite Rider on the Big Dogma" album (as is the above-mentioned "Tonite"), with "Cruisin'" being remembered fondly for its quirky lyrics and a young Hulk Hogan in his first major role. "Rio" is from the album "From a Radio Engine to the Photon Wing," and was probably the first major video clip release (although groups from the 60's had been doing it since, well, The Monkees cribbed from The Beatles). "Rio" is funny, it is thoughtful, and it is brilliant.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
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Many years ago when music video was in its infancy, I happened upon Elephant Parts. Michael Nesmith was my least favorite of the Monkees singing group, but after experiencing The Elephant Parts Video I discovered where the real talent was in this group. It is a "must see" program -- fun and nostalgic, yet, still cutting edge for today. Five stars is too low a rating for this knock-out piece!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Loved the film, BUT....... October 8, 2002
Format:VHS Tape
I just recieved the DVD of "Elephant Parts" & have just finished watching it, I haven't laughed soooo much in years!!. I used to own the VHS version a long time ago & watching my new copy tonight, it reminded me how funny it was. Mike Nesmith is trully a genius when it comes to not only producing music, but video as well & it's a big pitty that he didn't go further with his "back-to-back" video concept (MTV format) that he sold to a large television company, it could have been so much more interesting!!. I do have ONE slightly small complaint, I found the video quality it's self, to be poor. I remember seeing the video version I had having a much clearer picture, has the video deteriorated over the years, or was it sourced from an inferior master tape?. Apart from that I loved watching it again for the first time in years & hope that his follow-up T.V. series "Televison Parts" will also be released on DVD in the near future!
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
For anyone who doesn't remember the TV show (it didn't last long), this DVD consists of short comedy bits, music videos from the ex-Monkee, and the occasional moment of deconstructionism that somehow work wonderfully together. Especially enjoyable is the over-the-top director's commentary which serves as a parody of director's tracks in general, taking everything too seriously and having an amazing descent into incomprehensability. Each short section is a chapter so you can skip to the ones you want to see now. It's great for a get together with friends. Wonderful to have in digital format. As Nesmith says, "things just keep getting more modern all the time"
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sat. Nite Live Meets MTV December 24, 1999
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Elephant Parts is a classic! The various bits are both strange and hilarious. I particular like the Marine Recruiting Audition, the Pirate Alphabet, and Neighborhood Nuclear Superiority. Some say this whole thing just doesn't make sense. That's the entire point! If you haven't seen the granddaddy of all the video efforts that followed it, you have a treat in store for you ... provided you can find it. This video has been out of print, and is just now available again on DVD, so here's your chance to check it out. Unfortunately, doesn't have the best price. For that you'll need to visit [...]
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Good, clean fun July 20, 2000
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This collection of sketches and commercial spoofs stands in the same tradition as "The Kentucky Fried Movie" and "Amazon Women on the Moon"; only "Elephant Parts" is a lot less dirty! It's refreshing to see a genuinely funny film which doesn't rely too heavily on profanity and sex to get its yuks (there are a few drug jokes, but even those don't dominate the piece). Unlike so much of what passes for comedy nowadays, the laughs aren't cheap in "Elephant Parts".
My favorite sketches are Rock 'n' Roll Hospital, Neighborhood Nuclear Superiority and the vegetarian guy hunting for his food. The music videos are visually intriguing. My husband remembered the Sunset Sam video from SNL many years ago.
Highly recommended.
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I saw this Music Video and "Second City TV" like Compilation back in 1984 when I used to play parts of it at the lead in to my medical classes that I taught to attendees of... Read more
Published 6 days ago by LTC(R) Tony R. Franklin, Ph.D.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Finally found a copy of the tape at a good price! Thank You.
Published 2 months ago by Christopher J. Barry
5.0 out of 5 stars It's Only A Whimsical Notion...or 2, or 3, or 40.
okay, so the trail he thought he was blazing - "video records" - didn't exactly displace audio, but Mike Nesmith's grand experiment is still lotsa fun. Read more
Published 8 months ago by jude pepper
4.0 out of 5 stars Elephant parts by Michael Nesmith
Elephant parts the movie by Michael Nesmith of the monkeys
Overriding clever stories very sunny I really love sunsets Sam
Since it's from an old VHS quality is... Read more
Published 11 months ago by Capt. Dave
Published 12 months ago by E. Tarnay
5.0 out of 5 stars Elephant Parts is GREAT!
This is a collection of various videos, comedic and musical, that constantly surprise.
Michael Nesmith is a genius. Read more
Published 18 months ago by Karen I Sheehan
5.0 out of 5 stars 80's revisited
I first saw this program in the early 80's on cable TV and absolutely loved it. The sketch regarding gas prices and manipulation of liquid fuels is still with us today. Read more
Published 19 months ago by scott625b
5.0 out of 5 stars Elephant Parts
This is the first music video ever published, I believe. It is very entertaining. I particularly like the Rio cut on it. Michael Nesmith is a very clever and funny person.
Published 20 months ago by Martha
5.0 out of 5 stars recrudescence
Excellence should be rewarded
by the accolades of the masses
to repudiate the lack luster
fortunes of todays mediocrity and
to add to the plethora of... Read more
Published 21 months ago by Louis J. Calabraro
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic entertainment
This is the precursor to all music videos. Mike Nesmith is a genius. If you can remember when MTV was music videos this is a must see.
Published 22 months ago by Willie Dixon
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