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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

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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:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Palm Pictures / Umvd
  • DVD Release Date: October 28, 2003
  • Run Time: 400 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars 24 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B0000AZT2X
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #65,254 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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