British filmmaker Jonathan Glazer began by directing pop promos and advertisements before transitioning into features. His video style is crisp and clean, yet vaguely menacing. There's always more going on than meets the eye--a quality carried over into his films. Like Kubrick, he's partial to Steadicams and empty hallways. Massive Attack's "Karmacoma" even features twins straight from The Shining, while Blur's "The Universal" cops from A Clockwork Orange, so he's not exactly shying away from the influence. Glazer's commercial style, on the other hand, is more wide-ranging, less easily identifiable. His ambitious ads for Guinness, Levis, etc. bring out his playful side in a way the videos do not. Interestingly, oddball actor Denis Lavant (Beau Travail) shows up twice, in the creepy clip for UNKLE's "Rabbit in Your Headlights" and the "Last Orders" spot for Stella Artois. This Director's Series edition also features excerpts from Sexy Beast and Birth.--Kathleen C. Fennessy
Be sure to check out The Director's Label Boxed Set Vol. 2, featuring The Work of Jonathan Glazer, and volumes by Mark Romanek, Anton Corbijn, and Stéphane Sednaoui.
Top Customer Reviews
I guess he's not directed more than a dozen, but who needs more with a portafolio like his.
Now venturing into feature film, directing Ben Kingsley in Sexy Beast and NIcole Kidman in Birth, Jonathan Glazer's DVD showcases his best videos and extensively doucments his other work in commercials and feature film.
THE WORK OF DIRECTOR JONATHAN GLAZER
Radiohead - Street Spirit
Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity
Richard Ashcroft - A Song for the Lovers
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds - Into My Arms
UNKLE - Rabbit in Your Headlights
Blur - The Universal
Radiohead - Karma Police
Massive Attack - Karmacoma
Wrangler - Ride
Guinness - Surfer (extended)
Guinness - Swim Black
Guinness - Dreamer
Volkswagen - Protection
Stella Artois - Last Orders
Stella Artois - Whip Round
Levis - Kung Fu
Levis - Odyssey
Barclays - Bull (with Samuel L. Jackson)
Barclays - Chicken (with Samuel L. Jackson)
Interviews and Commentaries
Including Nick Cave, Richard Ashcroft, Jamiroquai, Denis Lavant, 3D, Blur and James Lavelle.
Sexy Beast (excerpt) - You're the Problem
Interviews with Ray Winstone and Sir Ben Kingsley
Birth (excerpt) - Central Park
Interviews with Nicole Kidman, Danny Huston, Harris Savides, Milo Addica and Jean Claude Carriere.
Tramp: Paul Kaye
52 Page Book
Includes photographs, sketches, storyboards and interviews.
Pretty much all the videos (even if there's only a few here) are spectacular. The Karma Police and Street Spirit videos rival Michel Gooooondry for the king of Radiohead directors. The multiple speeds of the subjects in Street Spirit confused me, really confused me, when I first saw the video on MTV, and I still didn't know how he did it until it was explained here. His famous Jamiroquai video is always fun to watch again, and although the floor trick isn't nearly as cool after the first few viewings, you have to admit that it's original. Oh, and I definitely can't leave out the video for "Rabbit in the Headlights," one of my favorites, straight genius.
Although you get gypped with the number of videos, it almost evens out with the film clips, extras, and commercials included here. Glazer has pretty much proven his talents in all three areas, so getting a chance to watch his clever Guinness Commercials or his hilarious dark comedy Sexy Beast is a nice treat (I hope everyone has seen this movie by now). I still haven't seen Birth, though, so I've prevented myself from watching the excerpts here.
The only thing this disc lacks is quality commentary, especially in the music video section. I almost never trade the music for the commentaries, and the extras are pretty weak, too. However, this is a solid introduction to a very unique and talented director, and definitely worth having in your collection.
I give it five stars because of the complexity each video has in capturing the right mood of the song, which is why you'll find Radiohead, Massive Attack, U.N.K.L.E., and the simply fantastic Jamiroquai - Virtual Insanity video. I love the Director's Label series with the booklets that have notes about each of the videos by the director. Michel Gondry's is particularly great. Out of the Label series this is my favorite director, followed by a tie between Michel Gondry, Spike Jonez, and Chris Cunningham. I feel all four of these directors are equally creative and ingenious that really emphasize the high points of the artists they film with. If you came over to my party and if I didn't have Underworld's Everything Everything Live playing, this would be on. Buy it, says my 2 year old son :)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The dvd is great, great representation of Glazer's work. The case was broken when it came in the mail. Read morePublished on September 9, 2013 by Lydia