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Director's Series, Vol. 1 - The Work of Director Spike Jonze

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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

Special Features

  • Music videos: California (Wax), Sure Shot (Beastie Boys), Drop (The Pharcyde), Cannonball (The Breeders), Sabotage (Beastie Boys), Da Funk (Daft PUnk), What's Up Fatlip (Fatlip), Undone (The Sweater Song) (Weezer), Praise You (Fatboy Slim), Feel the Pain (Dinosaur Jr.), If I Only Had a Brain (MC 900ft Jesus), Sky's the Limit (The Notorious B.I.G.), Weapon of Choice (Fatboy Slim), Buddy Holly (Weezer), Elektrobank (The Chemical Brothers), It's Oh So Quiet (Bjork)
  • The Interviews
  • Making of "Drop" with The Pharcyde
  • Audio commentaries by the Beastie Boys, Fatboy Slim, Weezer, The Pharcyde, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers, Bjork, Christopher Walken, Puffy, and more
  • Rarities: How They Get There, Mark Paints, The Oasis Video That Never Happened, Rockafella Skank, The Woods
  • Documentaries: What's Up Fatlip? (the documentary), Amarillo by Morning, Torrance Rises
  • 52-page book with Spike's photographs, drawings, and interviews

Product Details

  • Actors: Clint Barr, Bryan James 'B.J.' Bowden, Charisse Fruge, John Wesley McJunkin, Joey Stern
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, Full Screen, Letterboxed, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (23 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0000AZT2X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,718 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Director's Series, Vol. 1 - The Work of Director Spike Jonze" on IMDb

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It's strange because this compilation is simultaneously my dream dvd and a disappointment. spike jonze is my music video hero, and for years i've been dreaming of getting the chance to watch and re-watch all of his work on dvd especially since the music video channels in my part of the world are pretty lame. i bought the disc the day it came out, and was saddened to find out that not even half of the videos spike made are in the dvd.
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.
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Spike Jonze has directed about 40 videos - only 16 appear on this DVD. His Sonic Youth, R.E.M., and Mike Watt videos are notably absent, not to mention Ween and Pavement...
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Spike Jonze is best known for directing the surreal "Being John Malkovich." But his talents are by no means confined to that -- "The Work of Director Spike Jonze" displays his music videos, documentaries, and other short work. It lacks a lot of good material, but it's overall a solid collection.
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...
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As good as it is, I think this compilation could have been much better. Since the Director's Series kind of wraps up the pre-feature film work of 3 directors, it heralds the end of their music video days. And really, the only great thing on this DVD is the music videos. It includes several of Spike's videos, including his begininngs, to his later ones. Of course his most famous ones, like Buddy Holly, Sabotage, and Weapon of Choice, end up being the best ones. Then there's some that are equally good, and very well done in the technical sense, such as Drop, Elektrobank, and California. I think after watching each one a couple times, they will grow on you.
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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Pharcyde's drop video is a masterpiece. I was remember seeing a documentary on the making of it around 10 years ago, and I was amazed. The video was filmed backwards, and played in reverse so they were going forwards. Spike brought in a LINGUIST and made Fat Lip, Slim Kid, Bootie Brown, and Imani learn the lyrics to DROP phonetically backwards, so it would look normal forwards! I had a chance to talk to Spike in SF during a premiere of Adaptation, and he was so incredibly nice. The Pharcyde is my favorite band of all time, and although (sadly) they've fallen apart, this dvd will let them live on. If you like the fat lip interview and drop video, i recommend buying the Pharcyde dvd (called Cydeways). Spike really loves the Pharcyde, and I'm glad an academy award nominated director such as Spike was able to make videos for the Pharcyde.
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