Director's Series - The Works of Spike Jonze, Chris Cunningham, and Michel Gondry
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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).Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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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Killer videos. All 3 directors will blow your mind. Gondry and his traditional methods will make you question the reason for CGI. Read morePublished 18 months ago by Fred
One of my employees is a cinema buff.. I got this for him for Christmas and he loved it.. I wouldnt hesitate on this one.Published on April 18, 2014 by b00kll0vr
All three of these artists are brilliant to say the least and I watch and re-watch these amazing music videos!!Published on October 2, 2013 by Wahd
This is a collection that every one interested in music video, cinema, photography should see. Also great songs from different bands all packed together in this set.Published on August 16, 2013 by ARTURO RAMIREZ
If you were a teenager in the 1990's and tweenties in early 2000's these directors were a vital part of music culture. Read morePublished on August 17, 2011 by Wayman M. MccAll
If you have ever appreciated the combination of music and video, you must own this box set. It is simply one of the finest audio-visual experiences that you will encounter.Published on December 28, 2008 by Turbo Van
This boxed set is 100% the best hands down. It contains the most classic and perfectly executed works from Michel Gondry, Chris Cunningham, and Spike Jonze. Read morePublished on January 13, 2008 by Adam Barnum
I checked around for a good price and Amazon had the best. My daughter-in-law wanted this item so badly and Amazon delivered it for me. Thank you Amazon............. Silver A KimPublished on December 14, 2007 by Silver A. Kim
This Box set and the 2nd box set are AMAZING!! All of these Director's Label DVD's are so intriguing and inspirational! Read morePublished on October 23, 2007 by Ethan Howlett