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Director's Series - The Works of Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, and Michel Gondry

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Format: DVD
I got the Spike Jonze DVD for Christmas and was already familiar with some of his work such as the Fat Boy Slim videos for "Praise You" and "Weapon of Choice" (featuring Christopher Walken dancing through a deserted hotel). I don't like everything he has made, but his good stuff is really excellent and he has a great talent for coming up with simple but very original concepts (like him leading a dance group outside a cinema in L.A. to the beats of FatBoy Slim). Also, he is partly responsible for bringing us MTV's "JackAss", of course!
One of my personal favourites is "Drop" by The Pharcyde which was filmed entirely backwards with some very amusing results. Also "What's Up Fatlip?" by Fatlip who seems to be one of the few rappers that dares to appear on camera without four models hanging off each arm. In fact, he cycles through suburbia with a kiddie seat on the back of his bike, lets his 6 year old cousin kick him in the balls and raps on the street clad in nothing but a dirty raincoat and a diaper.
Listening to Jonze's commentary about making some of the videos is very revealing and, accompanied by the candid descriptions of failed attempts in the booklet, helps you realize that even highly successful directors like Jonze and Cunningham make mistakes too. Chris Cunningham in particular is very critical of his own work which unfortunately resulted in his DVD containing less videos than the other two.
Cunningham's style is very dark and ominous and in some cases downright scary, as in "Come To Daddy" (Aphex Twin). You've probably seen it and if so, you will probably never forget it as it depicts a deformed character in a TV set screaming "Come to daddy!" at children who all have Richard D. James' grinning face (Aphex Twin himself).
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First I want to say that if you are just considering buying one or two of these DVDs individually...forget it and just buy the whole set. All three presentations are amazing and have a high re-watch value, plus if you buy the set you get a bonus disc with a few more videos. If you ever saw that show late night on MTV in the late 90's called "Amp" this set has several of the videos featured on that show.

I hafta say the Michel Gondry disc is the best because its not only double sided, but has a nice 2-part documentary on Gondry that is extremely interesting. Also, if anybody else that watched this disc is wondering about all the Kate Winslet and Jim Carey references, its because Gondry was directing the movie Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind when this disc was made. I highly recomend that movie as well.

Even though the Chris Cunningham disc has the least amount of features, the works that it does contain are worth having since they are so beautiful. I'm looking forward to seeing more of Cunningham's work in the future.

And the Spike Jonze disc is great as well. Its also double-sided like the Gondry disc.

I might be biased to review this because I happen to already like most the artists and all the songs that the directors did videos for. So its like having a DVD of music videos for songs from my own music collection. But even with the sound turned down and other music playing, this set makes a room a bit more interesting.

The set is good for (besides just watching it uninterupted) visuals for parties; playing while doing housework; background entertainment while you're on the phone.

It pretty much replaces conventional entertainment.

The only thing lacking is directors' commentaries.
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OK, you get 4 DVDs. One per director and a fourth bonus disk with work from all of them. and you get a booklet for each of the directors (so three little booklets just smaller than a DVD case, and in full color, with lots of details about what they were doing and why. and it includes sketches)

PLUS you get a huge double sided poster. One side is Chris Cunningham and the other side is a pencil drawing by all three directors. It's not the greatest in the world, but it's basically free at this price.

Spike Jonze is the most popular and well known of the three (I think) and I'm sure if you're reading this you have seen at least one of his videos or movies. If you like Mr. Jonze this set is for you.

Chris Cunningham is dark and evil and very sick. So, naturally, he does a lot of work with Richard James (Aphex Twin, AFX, Squarepusher) the dark and evil and very sick electronic musician. the video for Come to Daddy will make little children cry. Also, the booklet for Cunningham has some incredible and disturbing drawings from his sketchbook.

The star of this set and worth the entire price alone is Michel Gondry. If you saw the Foo Fighter's video for Everlong than you know what to expect: imagination, creativity, beauty... it goes on and on. I can't say enough good things about this director. He directed Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind and Human Nature which are FANTASTIC movies!

This guy is a true genious. Im not a big Kylie Minogue fan, but just wait until you see his video for her song. Somehow he films her being looped over and over in the same environment without ever stopping the filming (at least to the perception of the viewer) and she begins to interact with herselves (all four of them) in the same environment perfectly. It's truly amazing to watch.

Ok, so the price is great, its worth twice as much. If you love film, music, art of any kind.. don't think about it, just get this set!!!
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