Copyright Criminals: The Funky Drummer Edition (Box Set)
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Copyright Criminals: The Funky Drummer Edition Box Set is the premier package for anyone interested in the history and art of sampling. In addition to the expanded double-disc DVD edition of Copyright Criminals, the box set boasts 45 Copyright Criminals All-Stars trading cards, the Copyright Criminals movie poster, stickers, and a 12-inch vinyl record of Clyde Stubblefield s Ultimate Breaks and Beats, pressed exclusively for the box set.
Box Set Includes:
Clyde Stubblefield s Ultimate Breaks and Beats 12-Inch Vinyl Record
Copyright Criminals All Stars Trading Cards
Double DVD Includes:
Copyright Criminals Documentary
The Art of Sampling With Cee-Lo Green (New Featurette)
The Funky Drummer in the Studio with Chuck D (New Featurette)
Eclectic Method Uncut Audio-Visual Remixes (15 Videos)
Fair Use Explained: Four Featurettes by the Center for Social Media
Extended Interviews with Chuck D, De La Soul, and Clyde Stubblefield
Music Player Featuring 15+ Songs from Copyright Criminals Soundtrack by El-P and RJD2
Clyde Stubblefield s Ultimate Breaks and Beats (Hi-Res WAV Files)
Copyright Criminals All Star Band Funky Drummer Remix Video
Copyright Criminals All Star Band Megamix Video
Interviewees: Public Enemy, De La Soul, George Clinton, Clyde Stubblefield, Eclectic Method, Mix Master Mike, Shock G, Pam the Funkstress, El-P, Mr. Len, Miho Hatori, DJ Spooky, Matt Black, Bobbito Garcia, Prefuse 73, Sage Francis, Prefuse 73, DJ Qbert, Eyedea & Abilities, Pete Rock, and Saul Williams.
Producers: Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod
Film Festival Premiere: Toronto International Film Festival, 2009 Television Broadcast Premiere: PBS, Independent Lens, 2010
Benjamin Franzen and Kembrew McLeod's exceptionally smart and energetic documentary lays out the complexities of sampling artistic and political, legal and philosophical. Comprised of split screens, overlapping and overlaid sounds, an assemblage of images and noise, the movie effectively stages its argument even as it makes it. --Pop Matters
I have nothing but praise for the delivery of the message as well as the technical execution. The film covers the major points on both sides of the issue, and while didn t change my opinion on sampling, it did offer new points that I hadn t considered. That s exactly what a documentary should do. --The Salt Lake Tribune
Top Customer Reviews
I thought this DVD was very thorough and comprehensive presenting the history of hip-hop and sampling, current uses, who is pushing the limits regarding copyright law, as well as presenting the "suits'" side of the law and the creative community's perspective. The DVD also includes a very impressive music-video-mashup that you have to see! I teach a class on copyright law and I use many clips from this project. Highly recommend.
However, the film is ultimately only a good introduction to the issues around sample culture. It offers very little new to the discussion, and only lightly touches on considerations like Creative Commons or Negativland's experiences with copyright infringement.
Even the interviews with Stubblefield (from James Brown's band), while interesting, are bizarrely divided - he introduces himself and discusses being sampled, and then he does so again about a half-hour later. The "video sampling" that makes the film look cool in the first 15 minutes grows tiresome after a short while - mostly because the interviews are so insubstantial.
This is my first review on Amazon, but I felt compelled to provide it because, while the trailer suggests a great deal of interesting, toothy discussion, Copyright Criminals ultimately does not live up to its promise. I felt like the film-makers left a LOT of questions unasked and a lot of content still sitting on the table.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I've always been amazed at how artists could utilize numerous samples and fuse them together to make something new and fresh. Read morePublished on May 12, 2011 by Ashley M. Blanchard
Not bad, but nothing that will blow you away. A good basic introduction to what sampling is and it's relevance to the Hip Hop genre. Read morePublished on August 11, 2010 by British Commentator